Effectiveness of using fibre-reinforced polymer composites for underwater steel pipeline repairs

Shamsuddoha, Md and Islam, Md Mainul and Aravinthan, Thiru and Manalo, Allan and Lau, Kin-tak (2013) Effectiveness of using fibre-reinforced polymer composites for underwater steel pipeline repairs. Composite Structures, 100. pp. 40-54. ISSN 0263-8223


Metal pipelines are the most efficient and safe ways for oil and gas transportation over a long distance. At present, almost all pipelines are made by ferrous steel which is sensitive to corrosion at harsh working environments, particularly in the presence of salty water and sulphur ingress media. For years, the most traditionally-credible solution for a damaged steel pipe is to remove the pipe entirely or just a localised damaged section and then replace it by a new one or cover with a steel patch through welding, respectively. Welding or fixing the steel patch is a bulky process especially if the location is underground or underwater. Thus, many researchers have been striving to find effective and safe repair solutions which are light, fast and easy to handle. Numerous literatures have shown that fibre-reinforced polymer-based composites can be effectively used for steel pipe repairs. Considerable research has been carried out on
the repair of corroded and gouged pipes incorporating with fibre-reinforced composite wraps. This paper provides a comprehensive review on the use of fibre-reinforced polymer composites for in-air, underground and underwater pipeline repairs. Future developments and prospects on this are also discussed. Critical aspects of technical challenges, benefits and shortcomings in determining the feasibility and suitability for repair systems involving the composites are also presented.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2013 06:16
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2017 03:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: composite; fibre; pipeline; repair; rehabilitation
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8899 Other Transport > 889903 Pipeline Transport
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2012.12.019
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22875

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