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2016 Research Portfolio

Every year, PRCI produces a collaborative research program aligning with the industry's priorities by means of an annual voting ballot. Members allocate funds directly to programs of importance to their operations and business drivers.

Member contributions of over $10 million for the 2016 Portfolio continue a multiple-year trend of increasing research spending. Research programs in which PRCI is currently engaged now total more than $20 million.

2016 Research Portfolio

Corrosion
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External Corrosion Mitigation
  • Assessing High Voltage DC Interference Risks on Buried Pipelines

Pipeline Operational Practices to Prevent and Minimize Internal Corrosion
  • Determining Corrosion Conditions Under the Deposits and Effectiveness of Corrosion Inhibitors in Controlling Underdeposit Corrosion

    01-14-2016 Modified title to:  Determining Corrosion Conditions and Inhibitor Effectiveness Under Pipeline Deposits

Structural Significance of Corrosion Defects
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Minimize Model Uncertainty in Current Corrosion Assessment Criteria
SCC Mitigation and Repair
  • Assess the Feasibility of a Polarization Shift Based CP Criteria for Mitigating SCC
Pipeline Integrity and Assurance of Reliability for SCC
  • Assessing Crack (or Crack Like) Anomalies Using In-Line Inspection Data to Reduce Unecessary Conservatism and Develop Feasible Responses to Crack ILI Results
Cathodic Protection System Performance
  • Establishing the Potential Severity of Various Cathodic Protection Shielding Parameters
SCC Susceptibility Evaluations
  • Evaluating the Resistance of High Strength TMCP Inepipe Material to Sulfide SCC in Sour Service Operation
External Corrosion Mitigation
  • Evaluation of AC Corrosion Coupons for Monitoring Applications
Pipeline Integrity and Assurance of Reliability for SCC
  • Technical and Economical Improvements of Pipeline Management for Near Neutral pH Stress Corrosion Cracking Environment
Integrity and Inspection
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PROGRAM: Integrity Management - ERW and Longitudinal Seam Pipe Integrity Management
  • PROGRAM: ERW and Longitudinal Seam Pipe Integrity Management

PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Development of an Industry Test Facility and Qualification Processes for ILI Technology Evaluation and Enhancements, Continuation Year 3 (Priority #1)

  • PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements

  • Consortium - Detecting Corrosion Under Insulation

PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • Defining Close Metal Object (CMO) Detection Capabilities of MFL ILI Tools (Priority #5)

Non-destructive Evaluation - Outside the Pipe
  • Determining the Impact of Human Factors on the Performance of In-Service Non Destructive Examination

PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • Development of a PRCI ILI Performance Test Loop for Liquid Coupled Technologies (Priority #2)

  • Development of Magnetic Eddy Current ILI Tool

PROGRAM: Integrity Management - ERW and Longitudinal Seam Pipe Integrity Management
  • ERW Fatigue Life Integrity Management Improvement - Supplemental Full-Scale Testing for Model Validation

  • Performance Capabilities Evaluation of ILI for Long Seam Features In ERW Pipe

Subsea Pipeline Inspection Technologies
  • Qualification and Guideline of Inspection Technologies for Flexible Pipe Integrity Management

Non-destructive Evaluation - Inside the Pipe
  • Unpiggable NDE Tool Evaluation

Non-destructive Evaluation - Above the Pipe
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Integrity Assessment of Difficult to Inspect Pipelines Evaluating Select Areas Using High Resolution NDE
PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • Analysis of ILI Technology Performance Specification for Corrosion Features - Real vs Replicated/Machined Samples (Priority #4)
  • Consortium - Halfwave Acoustic Resonance Technology (ART)
  • Consortium - Subsea Automated Pig Launcher
PROGRAM: Structural Significance of Mechanical Damage
  • Dent Integrity Management and Modeling - Shallow Dents with Limited Corrosion and Shallow Restrained Dents (Priority #1)
PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Low Field MFL Technology or Other Electromagnetic Technologies in Measuring Loading Conditions at Branch Connections (Priority #3)
PROGRAM: Tools to Detect and Discriminate Mechanical Damage
  • Performance Evaluation of ILI Systems for Detecting and Discriminating Metal Loss, Cracks and Gouges in Geometric Anomalies
PROGRAM: Structural Significance of Mechanical Damage
  • Revised Response Criteria for Mechanical Damage Anomalies (Year 2 Dents with Welds or Corrosion) (Priority #2)
Surveillance, Operations and Monitoring
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PROGRAM: Small Leak Detection for Liquid Pipelines
  • PROGRAM: Leak Detection Research for Transmission Pipelines

PROGRAM: Right of Way Automated Monitoring
  • Ground Based Radar Monitoring of Slope Stability along Pipeline Right of Ways

PROGRAM: Small Leak Detection for Liquid Pipelines
  • Petroleum Pipeline Leak Detection Cable - Polymer Absorption Hydrocarbon Sensor Node

PROGRAM: Right of Way Automated Monitoring
  • Miniature Ethane & Methane Sniffer
Design, Materials and Construction
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Criteria for Evaluating Failure Susceptibility due to Crack Defects
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Developing Tools to Assure Safety Against Propagating Cracks in Welded Gas Pipelines Made from Modern Steels with High Upper Shelf Charpy Energy - Phase 2, Additional Research on Welded Pipe

Strain Based Design and Assessment
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Significance of Ground Movement on Pipeline Integrity

Pipe Materials for Severe Product or Service
  • Assess the Adequacy of Current Practices in Qualification of Pipeline Materials for Severe Sour Service Environments

Strain Based Design and Assessment
  • Assessment of Effect of Pipeline Wall Loss (Corrosion) on Strain Capacity

Welding of High Strength Steel Pipelines
  • Essential Welding Variables for X70/X65 Pipeline Steels

Construction Efficiency
  • Guidelines for the Management of Pipeline Lifting and Lowering-In Stresses - Phase IV

Welding Quality & Productivity
  • Improved Reliability in Semi-Automatic Welding of Pipelines - Expanding the Essential Welding Variables Methodology

New and Improved Test Standards
  • Standardization of Weld Testing Methods - Single Edge Notched Test (SENT) Fracture Toughness Measurements

Solutions for Pipeline Repair - In-Service / Maintenance Welding, Composites, Liners, etc.
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Assuring the Permanency of Composite Systems for the Repair of Corrosion
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Composite Repair Load Transfer Study
Materials & Construction Quality Assurance
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Implications of Low Strain Hardening of Modern Steels on Design, Construction, and Maintenance of Pipes and Fittings
Structural Integrity Assessment
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Improving the Assessment of Cracks Clusters with Intelligent Interaction Rules
Offshore Pipeline Design
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: INTECSEA Proposal for Development of Guidance on Subsea Launchers and Receivers - Phase 3
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Submarine Pipeline On-Bottom Stability - High Value Objectives - Phase 3
Structural Integrity Assessment
  • Characterization of Mechanical Properties of Vintage Girth Welds - Phase 3
  • Evaluation of Girth Weld Flaws in Vintage Pipelines - Phase II
Materials & Construction Quality Assurance
  • Refined Methodology for Assessment of Weld High/Low Misalignment - Phase 3
Solutions for Pipeline Repair - In-Service / Maintenance Welding, Composites, Liners, etc.
  • Study to Evaluate the Effects of Delamination and Disbonding on the Performance of Composite Repairs
Compressor and Pump Station
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Emission Monitoring & Reporting
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Ambient NO2 Modeling for 1 Hour Standard - Phase II - Field Data Gathering

PROGRAM: Reduce Pipeline Pumping Cost of Service
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Effect of Suction and Discharge Piping Layout on the Performance, Reliability and Integrity of Pipeline Pumps

PROGRAM: Zero - Zero: Zero Hardware/Performance Failures & Zero Emissions Exceedances
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Engine Controller Design Solutions to Address Variable Fuel Composition of Lean-Burn Engines: Field-based Evaluation

PROGRAM: Greenhouse Emissions Reduction and Measurement
  • PROGRAM: Compressor Station Engines - Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management

PROGRAM: Reduce Pipeline Pumping Cost of Service
  • PROGRAM: Reduce Pipeline Pumping Cost of Service

PROGRAM: Greenhouse Emissions Reduction and Measurement
  • Control of Fugitive Methane Emissions from Compressor Stations through Combustion of Compressor and Engine Crankcase Emissions

Gas Turbine Operating Cost Reduction
  • Effect of Variability in Fuel on Operation and Reliability of Gas Turbines

PROGRAM: Compressor Station Engines - Toxic Emissions Compliance
  • Field Evaluation of Oxidation Catalyst Degradation on a 2-Stroke Lean-Burn NG Engine: Catalyst Washing

Reduce Liquid Pump Cost of Service
  • Field Pump Performance Testing Procedure

Gas Turbine Operating Cost Reduction
  • Field Trial of Improved SoLoNOx Control Algorithm on Taurus 60S with Active BAM Control to Reduce Part Load Emissions for Less Restrictive Load Following

PROGRAM: Greenhouse Emissions Reduction and Measurement
  • GHG Database to Support Emission Factor Improvement - Methane Data and "Super-Emitters"

  • Methane Reduction Data Analysis for 2-Stroke Lean Burn Natural Gas Engines

PROGRAM: Reduce Pipeline Pumping Cost of Service
  • Pipeline Vertical Booster Pump Design, Operation and Maintenance Best Practices

Emission Monitoring & Reporting
  • Portable Analyzer Lab Tests to Support Simplified Test Method

PROGRAM: Compressor Station Engines - Toxic Emissions Compliance
  • Field Evaluation of Timed Power Cylinder Lube Oil Injection - Year 3
PROGRAM: Reduce Pipeline Pumping Cost of Service
  • Leak Detection Technology Review for Aboveground Facilities
Measurement
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Measurement Uncertainty & System Balance and Facility Design
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Using Diagnostic Data to Estimate the Installation Uncertainty of Ultrasonic Meters

PROGRAM: Measurement of Non-Traditional Gas Supplies
  • PROGRAM: Measurement of Non-Traditional Gas Supplies

  • Correlative Estimation of HCDP

  • Critical Measurement Issues Related to Emerging Gas Supplies

Measurement Uncertainty & System Balance and Facility Design
  • Effect of Calibration Gas Blend on Chromatograph Accuracy and New GC Evaluation

Measurement Reliability
  • Investigate Effect of Orifice Bore Thickness and Bevel Angle on Orifice Plate Discharge Coefficient

Measurement Uncertainty & System Balance and Facility Design
  • Upstream Piping Configurations for Ultrasonic Meters Follow-on

Measurement Reliability
  • Ultrasonic Meter Recalibration Frequency – Phase 2
Underground Storage
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PROGRAM: Storage Field Integrity
  • PROGRAM: Storage Field Integrity

  • Assess the Accuracy of MFL Inspection Tools

Asset Integrity and Risk Assessment
  • Review and Demonstration of Methane Emission Quantification Techniques for Storage Facilities

  • Field Evaluation of a Cement Bond Log Tool in Gas Filled Storage Wells