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MC140 - Pipeline Defect Assessment

MC140 - Pipeline Defect Assessment

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This two-day MasterClass provides a broad overview of analysis methods for defects in pipeline.  The course begins with a summary of important material properties and a review of integrity assessment methods for pipeline defects.  Analysis methods for corrosion are covered, including each of the methods cited in the most recent version of ASME B31G - Manual for Determining the Remaining Strength of Corroded Pipelines.  A discussion on analysis methods for mechanical damage is also included.

Analysis methods for cracks are covered in the second day, which begins with a basic introduction to fracture mechanics.  Attendees learn about the methods of measuring toughness associated with linearly elastic and elastic-plastic behavior.  Next, the use of failure assessment diagrams and the development of the log-secant equation are discussed, followed by J-integral based assessments.  Finally, both propagating fractures and fatigue are evaluated. 

You Will Learn To:
 - Identify which type of analysis tool is appropriate for common defect types
 - Apply analysis tools, (such as ASME B31G and RSTRENG), for metal loss due to corrosion
 - Describe the limitations of employing ASME B31G and RSTRENG
 - Apply analysis methods for mechanical damage, and understand why they are less accurate than those for metal loss due to corrosion
 - Explain the difference between flow stress and toughness related failures
 - Identify when fracture-mechanics based analysis tools, such as the log-secant approach, must be used
 - Describe how toughness affects the defect tolerance of a pipeline
 - Explain how pressure cycling affects fatigue lives of crack-like defects

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Who Should Attend
This course is intended for engineers interesting in learning more about analyzing defects in transmission pipelines.  Attendees should have at least 2 to 4 years of experience related to pipeline integrity management and/or defect assessment technologies. 

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  • Course Type: Masterclass
  • Order Number: MC140
  • Language: English
Final invoices will include applicable sales and use tax.


Dr. Tom Bubenik has over 35 years of experience in onshore and offshore pipeline integrity and is internationally recognized for his expertise in ILI technology and pipeline degradation. A Senior Principal Engineer at DNV GL, he develops and applies state-of-the-art technologies to real world problems. His extensive experience provides him with an excellent understanding of the regulatory requirements, integrity threats, and the costs and consequences of managing pipeline integrity.

Prior to joining DNV GL, Dr. Bubenik was Program Manager for Battelle’s Pipeline Simulation Facility and was employed by Exxon Production Research (now ExxonMobil Upstream Development) as a Research Scientist. He regularly presents papers, workshops and formal training on various aspects of his expertise. He is also Vice-Chair of ASME Pipeline Systems Division Executive Committee.
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