© 2008

Safety, Reliability and Risks Associated with Water, Oil and Gas Pipelines

  • Guy Pluvinage
  • Mohamed Hamdy Elwany
  • No English language book in this particular field

  • Description of very recent methods for pipe defect assessment such as notch fracture mechanics and critical gross strain

  • Special chapter devoted to pipe repair

  • Contributions of the major world specialists in this field

  • Multimaterials approach (steels, polymers, composite)

Conference proceedings

Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series book series (NAPSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. A. Elhakimi, H. Moustabchir, S. Hariri, Z. Azari
    Pages 65-77
  3. Ezzeddine Hadj Taieb
    Pages 79-97
  4. Mahmoud T. Shehata, Mimoun Elboujdaini, R. Winston Revie
    Pages 115-129
  5. Kamel Chaoui, Rabia Khelif, Nassereddine Zeghib, Alaa Chateauneuf
    Pages 131-163
  6. V. T. Sapunov
    Pages 165-182
  7. Taoufik Boukharouba, Krimo Azouaoui, Joseph Gilgert, Zitouni Azari, Guy Pluvinage
    Pages 183-204
  8. J. Capelle, J. Gilgert, G. Pluvinage
    Pages 205-217
  9. A. Amirat, B. Bounamous, R. Khelif, A. Mohamed Chateauneuf, K. Chaoui
    Pages 233-259
  10. Hui-Ji Shi, Yaxiong Zheng, Hongguang Ye, Lisha Niu
    Pages 287-298
  11. Razmik Barseghyan, Artak Barseghyan
    Pages 317-324

About these proceedings


Pipes are of major importance for transport of liquids and gas mainly for water, natural gas and oil. The total length of gas pipes in the world is estimated at one million kilometres for gas transport (pipes with a diameter of 80 to 1000 mm). Pipelines remain the least expensive transcontinental mean of transport compared to rail-bound or terrestrial transport. It has become increasingly paramount to ensure the safe utilisation of such plant in order to prevent economical, social and ecological losses. From a technical point of view, pipelines are complicated three dimensional structures that include straight pipes, nozzles, pipe-bends, dissimilar welded joints, etc. In addition, their operating conditions can be quite severe, that is, internal pressure and cyclic loading (vibration) combined with the influence of internal and external corrosive environments. The external defects, e.g., corrosion defects, gouge, foreign object scratches, and pipeline erection activities are major failure reasons of gas pipelines. All these types of defects and associated failure are described.

Leak and fracture of pipes is assumed to be done by initiation and propagation of defect and final failure when defect has reached a critical length.

In this book, the three two major defect assessment tools for pipes are presented :

i) the failure assessment diagram and particularly the SINTAP procedure,

ii) limit analysis,

iii) strain design approach

Methods of defect repair are based on investigation findings. Methods such as welded sleeve, repair clamp composite sleeve, grinding, pipe replacement are described.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Guy Pluvinage
    • 1
  • Mohamed Hamdy Elwany
    • 2
  1. 1.University Paul VerlaineMetzFrance
  2. 2.University of AlexandriaEgypt

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