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An Overview of New Progresses in Understanding Pipeline Corrosion

  • Tan, M. YJ (Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University) ;
  • Varela, F. (Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University) ;
  • Huo, Y. (Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University) ;
  • Gupta, R. (Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University) ;
  • Abreu, D. (Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University) ;
  • Mahdavi, F. (Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University) ;
  • Hinton, B. (Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University) ;
  • Forsyth, M. (Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University)
  • Received : 2016.12.01
  • Accepted : 2016.12.14
  • Published : 2016.12.31

Abstract

An approach to achieving the ambitious goal of cost effectively extending the safe operation life of energy pipeline to 100 years is the application of health monitoring and life prediction tools that are able to provide both long-term remnant pipeline life prediction and in-situ pipeline condition monitoring. A critical step is the enhancement of technological capabilities that are required for understanding and quantifying the effects of key factors influencing buried steel pipeline corrosion and environmentally assisted materials degradation, and the development of condition monitoring technologies that are able to provide in-situ monitoring and site-specific warning of pipeline damage. This paper provides an overview of our current research aimed at developing new sensors and electrochemical cells for monitoring, categorising and quantifying the level and nature of external pipeline and coating damages under the combined effects of various inter-related variables and processes such as localised corrosion, coating cracking and disbondment, cathodic shielding, transit loss of cathodic protection.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : Energy Pipelines CRC

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