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Identification of support conditions of buried pipes using a vibrating pig

Kopke, UG and Hunt, HEM (1993) Identification of support conditions of buried pipes using a vibrating pig. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part E: Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering, 207. pp. 29-40. ISSN 0954-4089

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Abstract

This paper describes a method for monitoring the variation in support condition of pipelines using a vibration technique. The method is useful for detecting poor support of buried pipelines and for detecting spanning and depth of cover in sub-sea lines. Variation in the pipe support condition leads to increased likelihood of pipe damage. Under roadways, poorly supported pipe may be damaged by vehicle loading. At sea, spanned sections of pipe are vulnerable to ocean current loading and also to snagging by stray anchors in shallow waters. A vibrating `pig' has been developed and tested on buried pipelines. Certain features of pipe support, such as voids and hard spots, display characteristic responses to vibration, and these are measured by the vibrating pig. Post-processing of the measured vibration data is used to produce a graphical representation of the pipeline support and certain `feature characteristics' are identified. In field tests on a pipeline with deliberately constructed support faults, features detected by the vibrating pig are in good agreement with the known construction.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div C > Applied Mechanics
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 12:30
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2014 19:24
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