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2015 Research Program

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 $11.4 million for the 2015 program continue a multiple-year trend of increasing research spending. Research programs in which PRCI is currently engaged now total more than $20 million.

2015 Research Program

Corrosion
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Structural Significance of Corrosion Defects
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Minimize Model Uncertainty in Current Corrosion Assessment Criteria
External Corrosion Mitigation
  • Effectiveness of Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors (VCIs) for Corrosion Control in Casing Annuli and Aboveground Storage Tank Foundations
Cathodic Protection System Performance
  • Effects of Foam Trench Breakers and Foam Ditch Pads on the Cathodic Protection of Pipelines
Coatings Performance and Effectiveness
  • Improved Methodology for Identifying Coating Faults and Their Severity Through Electrolyte Resistivity Measurements
External Corrosion Mitigation
  • Validation of the AC Corrosion Criteria Based on Real-world Pipeline Measurements
Operations & Integrity
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PROGRAM: Right of Way Monitoring & Surveillance by Satellite
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: DOT RITA: Advancing Target Detection Algorithms Using Satellite Data
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: DOT RITA: Quantification and Extension of Pipeline Corridor Movement Monitoring Using Synthetic Aperture Radar for Buried Pipeline Rights-of-Way at BPs Olympic Pipeline Milepost 230
Non-destructive Evaluation - Outside the Pipe
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Assess the Performance of NDE Techniques In-the-Ditch
Human Factors Analysis of Pipeline Monitoring & Control Operations
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Baseline Work Load Study for Control Room Operations
Non-destructive Evaluation - Outside the Pipe
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Best Practices Guide - NDE & Inspection Applied to Composite Wrap Repairs (including field trials) - Phase 3
PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Determining Pipe Properties Using ILI Technology
Non-destructive Evaluation - Above the Pipe
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Evaluation of Above The Pipe Large Standoff Magnetometry Techniques - Year 2
Non-destructive Evaluation - Inside the Pipe
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: In-line Inspection and Assessment of Pipeline Girth Weld Defects
PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • DOT PROJECT: Development of an Industry Test Facility and Qualification Processes for ILI Technology Evaluation and Enhancements, including Site Preparation, Year 2
PROGRAM: Structural Significance of Mechanical Damage
  • Advanced Material Characterization for Dent and Gouge Samples of MD-4-1, DOT#339 & MD-4-6 Projects for Improved Strain Evaluation & Implementing Damage Mechanics Modeling
PROGRAM: Right of Way Monitoring & Surveillance by Satellite
  • Analysis of a Large Constellation of Satellites for Third Party Encroachment Monitoring
PROGRAM: Right of Way Automated Monitoring
  • Application of Miniature Methane/Ethane Sensors on Small-UAVs
Human Factors Analysis of Pipeline Monitoring & Control Operations
  • Benchmark Of Human And Organizational Factors’ (Hof) Approaches Used By Pipeline Transmission Operators - Phase 2
PROGRAM: Integrity Management - ERW Pipe Program
  • Comprehensive Threat Assessment and Failure Susceptibility of ERW Pipe Seams
PROGRAM: Right of Way Automated Monitoring
  • Critical Evaluation, Testing and Development of Chemical Sensors and Systems for Detecting Pipeline Leak Vapors: A Research and Technology Management Program
  • Demonstration of Full Matrix Capture Ultrasonic Testing for Pipeline Girth Welds and ERW longitudinal Seam Welds
Accuracy of Tools for Corrosion Mapping
  • Determining the Accuracy and Repeatability of Laser and Other Light-based NDE Systems for Large / Interacting Metal Loss Areas and Determine the Effect of the Accuracy on Burst Pressure Calculations
PROGRAM: Integrity Management - ERW Pipe Program
  • Effects of Hydrostatic Pressure Testing on ERW Pipe Seam Anomalies
Non-destructive Evaluation - Inside the Pipe
  • EMIT Fatigue Crack Inspection Final Phase 3 - Field Validation in Operational Pipeline or Riser
PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • Enhancement of PRCI ILI Test Facility for Liquid Service
PROGRAM: Integrity Management - ERW Pipe Program
  • ERW Fatigue Life Integrity Management Improvement
PROGRAM: Structural Significance of Mechanical Damage
  • Evaluate Time-based Criteria to Repair Mechanical Damage
Subsea Pipeline Integrity Management
  • Fatigue Cracks on Heavy Wall Gas Risers and Pipeline - Final Phase - Features Mapping and Destructive Testing (Follow-on Project)
PROGRAM: Structural Significance of Mechanical Damage
  • Fatigue Life Assessment of Pipelines, Dents, and Dents Interacting with Welds and Development of Severity Ranking Criteria For Dents Interacting with Metal Loss
PROGRAM: Tools to Detect and Discriminate Mechanical Damage
  • Full Scale Testing for Evaluation of Performance of NDI Techniques and Generating Fatigue Data for Realistic Field Dents
Integrity Management - Knowledge Documents
  • Guidance Document for Conducting Engineering Critical Assessment for Establishing MAOP/MOP
PROGRAM: Right of Way Monitoring & Surveillance by Satellite
  • InSAR Detection and Quantification of Spectra Energy’s Pipeline Corridor Movement Induced by Longwall Mining in Greene County, Pennsylvania
Non-destructive Evaluation - Inside the Pipe
  • Integrated Cleaning & Inspection Tool
Non-destructive Evaluation - Above the Pipe
  • Integrity Assessment of Difficult to Inspect Pipelines Evaluating Select Areas Using High Resolution NDE
PROGRAM: Integrity Management - ERW Pipe Program
  • Performance Capabilities Evaluation of ILI Technologies for Long Seam Features
PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • Pipeline Industry ILI Database Development/Improvement - Continued Data Collection and Interface
PROGRAM: Right of Way Automated Monitoring
  • Project Management Fees
PROGRAM: Integrity Management - ERW Pipe Program
  • Qualification of NDE Methods for In-ditch Analysis of ERW Pipe Weld Seam Anomalies
PROGRAM: Right of Way Automated Monitoring
  • The Use of Grass/Plant Stress Responses to Detect Minor Subsurface Leaks of Petroleum Hydrocarbons Along Pipeline Corridors
PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • Validation of In-Ditch Material Characterization
Design, Materials and Construction
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Structural Integrity Assessment
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Characterization of Mechanical Properties of Vintage Girth Welds - Phase 2
Effects of Surface Loading
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Field Validation of Surface Loading Stress Calculations for Buried Pipelines - Phase 2
Structural Integrity Assessment
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Improving the Assessment of Cracks Clusters with Intelligent Interaction Rules
Pipe Materials - Subsea Applications
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Qualification of an Advanced Ultrasonic Inspection Tool for CRA Clad Pipe
Alternative Pipeline Materials
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: State-of-the-Art: "Alternatives to Steel Pipelines"
Offshore Pipeline Design
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Submarine Pipeline On-Bottom Stability - High Value Objectives
New and Improved Test Standards
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Support for Standardization of Weld Testing Methods
Welding Quality & Productivity
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Weld Hydrogen Cracking Susceptibility Characterization
Solutions for Pipeline Repair - In-Service / Maintenance Welding, Composites, Liners, etc.
  • Assuring the Permanency of Composite Systems for the Repair of Corrosion
  • Composite Repair Load Transfer Study
Vintage Pipeline Assessment
  • Development of a Vintage Girth Weld Integrity Management Plan
Structural Integrity Assessment
  • Evaluation of Girth Weld Flaws in Vintage Pipelines
Offshore Pipeline Design
  • Guidance on Subsea Launchers and Receivers - Phase 2 Improving Design and Operational Reliability
Construction Efficiency
  • Guideline for the Management of Pipeline Lifting and Lowering-in Stresses - Phase 3
Materials & Construction Quality Assurance
  • Implications of Low Strain Hardening Steels on Design, Construction, and Maintenance
Strain Based Design and Assessment
  • Significance of Ground Movement on Pipeline Integrity
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: 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
Extend Solar Turbines DLN Operating Range
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Field Demonstration of Improved SoLoNOx Control Algorithm to Reduce Part Load Emissions for Less Restrictive Load Following
Reduce Liquid Pump Cost of Service
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Field Pump Performance Testing Procedure
PROGRAM: Compressor Station Engines - Toxic Emissions Compliance
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Modeling of NSCR Performance with Exhaust Mixtures from Natural Gas-Fueled Engines
PROGRAM: Zero - Zero: Zero Hardware/Performance Failures & Zero Emissions Exceedances
  • Demonstration of Continuous Engine Performance Monitoring (CEPM) on Additional 2 and 4 Stroke Cycle Lean Burn Engines
PROGRAM: Reduce Pipeline Pumping Cost of Service
  • 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
  • Feasibility Assessment and Field Demonstration of CEPM on an NSCR Controlled Engine
  • Field Demonstration of a Low Cost Automatic Balancer
PROGRAM: Compressor Station Engines - Toxic Emissions Compliance
  • Field Evaluation of Timed Power Cylinder Lube Oil Injection: Year 2
Emission Monitoring & Reporting
  • GHG Database to Support Emission Factor Improvement
Compressor Station GHG Management
  • GHG Roadmap Development
PROGRAM: Zero - Zero: Zero Hardware/Performance Failures & Zero Emissions Exceedances
  • Impact of High Ethane Gas on Engine Emissions and Control at 0.5 g/bhp-hr NOx
PROGRAM: Reduce Pipeline Pumping Cost of Service
  • Leak Detection Technology Review for Aboveground Facilities
PROGRAM: Zero - Zero: Zero Hardware/Performance Failures & Zero Emissions Exceedances
  • NSCR Dithering Data
  • SCR Field Evaluation Study
  • SCR White Paper Study
PROGRAM: Reduce Pipeline Pumping Cost of Service
  • Transient Pressure Wave Attenuation in Vertical Can Pumps
PROGRAM: Zero - Zero: Zero Hardware/Performance Failures & Zero Emissions Exceedances
  • Trapped Air/Fuel Add-on Instructions
Measurement
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PROGRAM: Measurement of Non-Traditional Gas Supplies
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Evaluating Sampling Techniques for Shale Gas Supplies
Measurement Reliability
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Sample Probe Minimum Insertion Depth Requirement
  • Density Master Meter Field Testing Protocol
Measurement Uncertainty & System Balance and Facility Design
  • Effects of Upstream Piping Components on Ultrasonic Flow Meter Accuracy
PROGRAM: Measurement of Non-Traditional Gas Supplies
  • Improve EOS Support for Supercritical Gas Mixtures Containing High NGL Content
Measurement Uncertainty & System Balance and Facility Design
  • In-Situ Proving Techniques for Gas Ultrasonic Meters
PROGRAM: Measurement of Non-Traditional Gas Supplies
  • LNG import/export LNG Measurement Chain Uncertainty
Measurement Reliability
  • Pulsation Effects on Ultrasonic Meters, Phase II
Measurement Uncertainty & System Balance and Facility Design
  • Review of Ultrasonic Flow Meter Installation Effects
  • Static Mixer Capability Assessment
  • Study the Impact of Composite Sample Mixing Methodology and Centrifugal Forces on Density Determination and S&W Results
Gas Quality Assurance
  • Total Sulfur Concentration Measurement for Gas Transmission Grid
Measurement Uncertainty & System Balance and Facility Design
  • Using Diagnostic Data to Estimate the Installation Uncertainty of Ultrasonic Meters
Underground Storage
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PROGRAM: Storage Field Integrity
  • Assess the Accuracy of MFL Inspection Tools
  • Defect Characterization of Well Casing Pipe Using NDT to Confirm Field ILI Tool Accuracy
  • ILI Technology Comparative Testing