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Reliability Analysis of Corroding Pipelines Considering the Growth and Generation of Corrosion Defects

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H. Qin, W. Zhou

Western University, London, ON, Canada

Paper No. IPC2014-33213, pp. V003T12A010; 10 pages
  • 2014 10th International Pipeline Conference
  • Volume 3: Materials and Joining; Risk and Reliability
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 29–October 3, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4612-4
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


This paper presents a methodology to evaluate the reliability of corroding pipelines by simultaneously considering the growth and generation of corrosion defects. The non-homogeneous Poisson process is employed to model the generation of corrosion defects, whereas the non-homogeneous gamma process is used to characterize the growth of corrosion defects once generated. The parameters included in the non-homogeneous Poisson process and non-homogeneous gamma process are evaluated from the inline inspection data using a hierarchical Bayesian model. The measurement errors associated with the inline inspection tools are taken into account in the Bayesian updating. The time-dependent failure probability of the corroding pipeline is evaluated using the Monte Carlo simulation technique. The methodology is illustrated using a natural gas pipeline that has been subjected to multiple inline inspections over a period of time. The results illustrate the necessity to incorporate the generation of new corrosion defects in the reliability analysis of corroding pipelines.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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