Probabilistic Assessment of a 70-Year Old Pipeline Subject to Seismic Deformation

Robert W. Warke, James D. Hart, Ben H. Thacker
2006 Volume 2: Integrity Management; Poster Session; Student Paper Competition   unpublished
This paper presents an assessment case study on several segments of buried natural gas pipeline constructed in 1936 with 'bell-bell-chill ring' (BBCR) style girth weld joints, and currently operating in a seismically active region of North America. Seismic vulnerability was evaluated in terms of girth weld fracture and plastic collapse probabilities for specified hazards of varying severity and likelihood. Monte Carlo simulations performed in NESSUS ® provided failure probability estimates from
more » ... lity estimates from distributed inputs based on PIPLIN deformation analyses, nondestructive and destructive flaw sizing, residual stress measurements, weld metal tensile and CTOD tests, and limit state functions based on published stress intensity and collapse solutions.
doi:10.1115/ipc2006-10487 fatcat:scohlhx37vfhxogklwzmb24e3u