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ENERGY Pipelines CRC


Research Program 3 - Design and Construction

Advanced Design and Construction of Energy Pipelines

This program aimed to improve the design related factors in Australian pipelines that affect cost, reliability and safety. Research within the area focused on fracture control, hydrostatic testing, thermal transients and issues with new energy fluids.

pipelineMethods for fracture control in small diameter natural gas and other energy fluid pipelines was a main theme for this research program. Shock tube test experiments were be validated by computational fluid mechanics modelling to quantify pipe toughness requirements. Another focus of the research was the improvement of accuracy for hydrostatic leak testing of large diameter pipelines. This supported industry with new insight into the planning, completion and data analysis of hydrostatic testing of large volume pipeline sections.

Research relating to future energy pipelines carrying energy fluids such as CO2, H2 and H2/CH4 blends was undertaken with the aim to assist industry with anticipating, planning and designing the next generation of new and reused pipelines for transportation of energy and combustion products.

The Steering Committee overseeing RP3 was chaired by Phil Colvin (Jemena) and the Program Leader was A/Prof Cheng Lu (University of Wollongong).

Key Program Areas

Fracture Control
Fracture Control:

Modelling decompression and fracture arrest, including wall friction, surface roughness and two-phase processes of condensation nucleation effects.

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Future Energy Fluids
Future Energy Fluids:

Identifying potential future energy media that will require pipeline transport, identifying and resolving challenges posed by that transport.

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Pipeline Construction
Pipeline Construction:

Solving and improving engineering practice including pipeline design, construction requirements, hydrotesting and uprating.

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RP3-02A: Modelling of Decompression Waves
RP3-02B: Pressure and Thermal Transients Scoping Study
RP3-02C: Fracture Simulation of Gas Pipelines
RP3-02D: Measurement of Uncertainty in Hydrostatic Leak Tests
RP3-02E: Decompression Velocities in Rich Gas Mixtures
RP3-02F: Coupled Model for Fracture Propagation
RP3-02G: Pressure and Thermal Transients Phase 2
RP3-02H: Hydro Test Uncertainty Phase 3
RP3-02I: Fracture Control Software
RP3-02J: Fracture Simulation Phase 2
RP3-03: Corrosion by New Energy Fluids
RP3-04A: Future Energy Media
RP3-04B: Future Energy Fluids
RP3-05: GRE Pipeline Research
RP3-06: Assessment of Solar Fuels
RP3-07: Construction Strain Demand on Coatings
RP3-08: Dense Phase Decompression
RP3-09: Charpy Testing Machine
RP3-10 Emerging energy sources and their transportation
RP3-11A:Gas pipeline blowdown - Project 1
RP3-11B: Gas pipeline vent design and operation - Project 2
RP3-11C: Gas pipeline vent design and operation- Project 3 high voltage power lines
RP3-11D: Gas pipeline vent design and operation - Project 4: Field testing of acoustic reflector
RP3-12: Pressure and Thermal Transients - Phase III
RP3-12A: Evaluation of transient models
RP3-13: EPCRC Fracture velocity model
RP6.3-01: Geotechnical Guidelines
RP6.3-02: Fugitive Emissions
RP6.3-04: Pipeline Uprating
RP6.3-05: Shore and Water Crossings Guideline 
RP6.3-06: Fluid Structure Interaction Modelling
RP6.3-07: Understanding Pipeline Damage Caused By Drilling 
RP6.3-08: Weeds Management
RP6.3-09: Concrete Mattress Design Guideline
RP6.3-10: Pipelines subject to occasional surface loads
RP6.3-10A: Pipelines subject to occasional surface loads - Phase II
RP6.3-11: Offshore Pipelines Decommissioning Guideline
RP6.3-12:Elimination of PWHT for in-service welding
RP6.3-13: Fracture Control Code of Practice

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