A preliminary investigation of the effects of environmentally assisted cracking on natural gas transmission pipelines
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Concepts for the development of a model to predict natural gas transmission pipeline lifetime in a corrosive environment are constructed. Primarily, the effects of environmentally assisted cracking (EAC) are explored. Tensile test specimens from a sample of API 5L X-52 pipeline were tested in a simulated groundwater solution and subsequently analyzed. The results suggested that the simulated environment ultimately reduced the ductility of the test specimens; however, no evidence of ??classical?? stress corrosion crack morphology was discovered. However, corrosion pits up to 0.75 mm (0.03 in) were revealed during metallographic analysis. A Marin factor analogy and an energy method concept are suggested and explored. Ultimately, the test data set was too small for the results to be of any directly applicable significance.
Curbo, Jason Wayne (2005). A preliminary investigation of the effects of environmentally assisted cracking on natural gas transmission pipelines. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from