High strength steels (X100 and X120) that are being considered for high pressure gas pipelines differ from conventional steels by exhibiting lower work hardening capacity, lower strain to failure and softening of their HAZ. These differences impact burst limit state and tensile limit state, in addition to crack arrest. In this paper, the impact of the variations in mechanical properties on the reliability of pipe limit states involving ductile burst of damaged or corroded pipe is examined. The paper presents the results of burst limit state analysis using state-of-the-art plastic burst models of strain hardening pipe and considering all the uncertainties that impact the margin of safety of pipes subject to internal pressure. Intact pipes, corroded pipes and externally damaged pipes are considered. A case study comparing the differences between normal strength (X60) pipeline and high strength (X100) pipeline is also presented.

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