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Computer Simulation of Pipeline Deformations on the Basis of Data From an Intelligent Caliper Inspection Tool

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Boris Blyukher

Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN

Tadeusz Niezgoda, Jerzy Malachowski, Wieslaw Szymczyk

Military University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland

Paper No. PVP2003-1917, pp. 309-312; 4 pages
  • ASME 2003 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Computer Technology and Applications
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, July 20–24, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-1699-0
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


The method of pipeline inspection data usage for needs of numerical analysis of technical condition of pipeline is considered. A real crude oil pipeline was taken into considerations to make numerical assessment of stress state in case of large deformations which were measured by an intelligent caliper inspection tool. The pipeline was rested on concrete supporting blocks in a boggy terrain. The tool detected very large deformations of the pipe in the areas of these supports which were caused by washouts. Data from the tool were processed into the format readable for MSC/PATRAN-graphical pre-processor of the computational system MSC/NASTRAN based on the Finite Element Method – FEM. Then a mesh of discrete model was generated by means of MSC/PATRAN.

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