Fibre composites for high pressure pipeline repairs, in-air and subsea: an overview

Shamsuddoha, Md and Islam, Md Mainul and Aravinthan, Thiru and Manalo, Allan and Lau, Kin-tak and Elder, David (2012) Fibre composites for high pressure pipeline repairs, in-air and subsea: an overview. In: 3rd Asia-Pacific Conference on FRP in Structures (APFIS 2012) , 2-4 Feb 2012, Sapporo, Japan.

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In 2001 it was reported that in North America alone, corrosion to the Oil & Gas pipeline distribution network cost approximately $2-3.3 billion per annum with 10% of that cost being associated with actual failure of the pipeline. In addition pipelines are also susceptible to erosion and mechanical damage producing further losses in pipe structural integrity. This results in high maintenance costs, possibility of adverse environmental consequences and the costly interruption to product transportation and distribution. The cost and technical challenges of adequately addressing repair are significant and greatly increase for underwater applications particularly with increasing water depth. It therefore induces the need of searching for alternative repair techniques involving new advanced materials for ease of installation and application against adverse environmental effects in the long run. Fibre composite materials provide excellent advantages over conventional metals in engineering practices for many decades. These advantages make fibre composite suitable candidate for effective repair technology. This paper provides a comprehensive review on the recent development and future prospect of using these materials for in-air and underwater pipeline external repairs. Various aspects of technical knowhow; benefits and shortcomings of the repair considerations are also presented.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 23:31
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2014 05:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: composite; pipeline; underwater; repair
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091507 Risk Engineering (excl. Earthquake Engineering)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870303 Polymeric Materials (e.g. Paints)

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