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Large-diameter gas pipelines: Technical survey aspects

Kharionovskiy V.V. (OOO Gazprom VNIIGAZ, RF, Moskovskaya obl.)


This paper summarises comprehensive analysis of technical status data for major gas pipelines including their systemlevel and structural reliability, stress corrosion, prospects for high-strength pipes, diagnostics efficiency, and other issues. Regarding the reliability, it is believed critical to address methodologies based on a decomposition principle. In engineering terms, we focus on diagnostics task setting and in particular on status analysis of most challenging pipeline segments. Two individual research issues were highlighted: stress corrosion fracture studies and high-strength pipe applications. Special emphasis was placed on gaslines operating in Far North environment. We concluded that field studies remain key to sustain long-term operation of high-pressure gas pipelines.

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