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Analysis of Corrosion Areas in Pipelines Using Guided Wave Propagation: Numerical Simulations and Experimental Tests

[+] Author Affiliations
Florin Turcu, Francesco Bertoncini, Marco Raugi

University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

Giuseppe Giunta

eni S.p.A.-Gas & Power Division, San Donato Milanese, MI, Italy

Paper No. PVP2013-97256, pp. V005T10A007; 6 pages
  • ASME 2013 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 5: High-Pressure Technology; ASME NDE Division; Rudy Scavuzzo Student Paper Symposium
  • Paris, France, July 14–18, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division, Nondestructive Evaluation Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5569-0
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Guided Waves (GW) have become widely used for the inspection of unpiggable and inaccessible pipelines because of the presence of coating, because of their position or because they are buried.

Among the possible anomalies, corrosion is the main integrity issue affecting pipelines. The effect that corrosion has on guided wave propagation is attenuation and increased coherent noise when it is generalized or reflection when corrosion is localized.

In this paper, the possibility to characterize corrosion areas affecting pipelines through long range guided wave inspection or monitoring is investigated. With this purpose field testing was performed and the results were used for the validation of numerical methods able to simulate the phenomenon.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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