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2014 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 $10 million for the 2014 program continue a multiple-year trend of increasing research spending. Research programs in which PRCI is currently engaged now total more than $20 million.

2014 Research Program

Corrosion
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SCC Susceptibility Evaluations
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Effect of Pressure Fluctuations on Growth Rate of Near-Neutral pH SCC
Internal Corrosion Threat Assessment
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Validation of Internal Corrosion Threat Guidelines for Dry Gas Pipelines
External Corrosion Mitigation
  • Determine the Corrosion Risk of Fluctuations in AC Interference on Pipelines Buried Along High Voltage AC Transmission Corridors
Pipeline Operational Practices to Prevent and Minimize Internal Corrosion
  • Evaluate Drying Time of Residual Hydro-test Water in Crevice/Pipeline Features and Dead-legs
Structural Significance of Corrosion Defects
  • Minimize Model Uncertainty in Current Corrosion Assessment Criteria
Cathodic Protection System Performance
  • Monitoring Cathodic Protection Effectiveness at HDD Crossings
Operations & Integrity
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PROGRAM: Right of Way Monitoring & Surveillance by Satellite
  • DOT RITA: Quantification and Extension of Pipeline Corridor Movement Monitoring Using Synthetic Aperture Radar for Buried Pipeline Rights-of-Way at BP’s Olympic Pipeline Milepost 230
Non-destructive Evaluation - Outside the Pipe
  • CONTINUING DOT PROJECT: Extension of NDE-2-1: MWM Crack Depth Measurement Project
PROGRAM: Right of Way Automated Monitoring
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Algorithm Development for Machinery Threat Detection
Human Factors Analysis of Pipeline Monitoring & Control Operations
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Baseline Work Load Study for Control Room Operations
PROGRAM: Structural Significance of Mechanical Damage
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Completion of Instantaneous Failure Model for Assessing Mechanical Damage in Vintage Pipe
Subsea Pipeline Integrity Management
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Continuing Development of Subsea Pipeline Integrity Management Guide (Phase 2)
PROGRAM: Structural Significance of Mechanical Damage
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Extension of Full Scale Testing of Dents (MD-4-2) to Include Dents Interacting with Welds and Metal Loss in Vintage Pipe
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Fatigue Life Assessment of Dents, and Dents Interacting with Welds - Development of Severity Ranking Criteria For Dents Interacting with Metal Loss
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Improved Model for Predicting the Time/Cycle Dependent Behavior of Dent + Gouge Damage - Modern and Vintage Steels
PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: In The Ditch (In-Situ) Mechanical Property Measurements for Low Toughness Vintage Pipes
Non-destructive Evaluation - Outside the Pipe
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Inspection of Composite Repairs (Phase 3)
Non-destructive Evaluation - Inside the Pipe
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Integrated Pipeline Monitoring and Cleaning Tool
Non-destructive Evaluation - Outside the Pipe
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Performance and Application of Various In-the-Ditch Tools and their Impact on Pipeline Integrity
Non-destructive Evaluation - Above the Pipe
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Performance Testing of Large Standoff Magnetometer Tools (MTM, SCT, MMM and AQUA MTM)
PROGRAM: Right of Way Automated Monitoring
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Project Management Fees
PROGRAM: Tools to Detect and Discriminate Mechanical Damage
  • CONTINUING PROJECT:Full-Scale Testing of Real Mechanical Damage Features Using Recovered Pipe
  • CONTINUING PROJECT:Testing of New ILI Technologies for Mechanical Damage Features
PROGRAM: Right of Way Monitoring & Surveillance by Satellite
  • DOT RITA: Advancing Target Detection Algorithms Using Satellite Data
PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
PROGRAM: Small Leak Detection for Liquid Pipelines
  • PROGRAM: Leak Detection Research for Transmission Pipelines
PROGRAM: Tools to Detect and Discriminate Mechanical Damage
  • PROGRAM: Mechanical Damage Inspection and Characterization
PROGRAM: Right of Way Automated Monitoring
  • PROGRAM: Right of Way Automated Monitoring
PROGRAM: Right of Way Monitoring & Surveillance by Satellite
  • PROGRAM: Satellite Technology Program for Pipeline Monitoring and Surveillance
PROGRAM: Structural Significance of Mechanical Damage
  • PROGRAM: Structural Significance of Mechanical Damage
PROGRAM: Tools to Detect and Discriminate Mechanical Damage
  • Assessing Crack Growth Rates In Dents
Human Factors Analysis of Pipeline Monitoring & Control Operations
  • Benchmark of Human and Organizational Factors’ (HOF) Approaches Used by Pipeline Transmission Operators
PROGRAM: Right of Way Monitoring & Surveillance by Satellite
  • Comparison of RADAR Satellite Methods for Observation of Elevated Pipelines in the Arctic
PROGRAM: Right of Way Automated Monitoring
  • Demonstration of the Use of Long Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) to Conduct Machinery Threat Detection and Oil Spill Detection on a Pipeline Corridor in the National Airspace System
  • Determining Pipeline Mechanical Properties Non Destructively Using Barkhausen Noise
Non-destructive Evaluation - Outside the Pipe
  • Determining Pipeline Mechanical Properties Non Destructively Using Barkhausen Noise
PROGRAM: Small Leak Detection for Liquid Pipelines
  • DTS Fiber Optic Position Optimization for Leak Detection and Prevention of Third Parties Damage - Software Application
  • Evaluating Pipeline Integrity and Leak Detection using Smart Ball Technology
PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • Evaluation of MAPS Inspection Technology for Pipeline Materials Characterization
PROGRAM: Small Leak Detection for Liquid Pipelines
  • External Leak Detection on Existing Liquid Pipelines Evaluation and Development
PROGRAM: Right of Way Automated Monitoring
  • Fast, Accurate, Automated System to Find and Quantify Natural Gas Leaks
  • Ground Based Radar Monitoring of Slope Stability and Subsidence along Pipeline Right of Ways
PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • ILI Crack Tool Reliability
Accuracy of Tools for Corrosion Mapping
  • Improving Corrosion ILI Sizing Models for Long Complex Corrosion Anomalies
Non-destructive Evaluation - Inside the Pipe
  • In-line Inspection and Assessment for Pipeline Girth Weld Defects
PROGRAM: Small Leak Detection for Liquid Pipelines
  • In-situ Detection of Small Liquid Leaks: DAS Fiber Optic Lab Testing
  • Inspection of Fatigue Cracks in Heavy Wall Risers (Oceaneering product performance evaluation)
PROGRAM: ILI Technology Improvements
  • Inspection Technology Selection Tool
PROGRAM: Tools to Detect and Discriminate Mechanical Damage
  • Material Properties Testing Assessment
  • Numerical Modeling and Laboratory Validation of Fluid Migration from Small Subsurface Pipeline Leaks.
PROGRAM: Small Leak Detection for Liquid Pipelines
  • Petroleum Pipeline Leak Detection Cable
PROGRAM: Structural Significance of Mechanical Damage
  • PHMSA Full Scale Testing of Interactive Features for Improved Models
PROGRAM: Right of Way Monitoring & Surveillance by Satellite
  • Quantification and Extension of Lateral Ground Movement Detection Capabilities Derived from Synthetic Aperture Radar (“SAR”)-based Sensors and Electronic Compact Active Transponder (eCAT) Technologies
PROGRAM: Tools to Detect and Discriminate Mechanical Damage
  • Sleeve Removal and Full-Characterization of Features
PROGRAM: Right of Way Automated Monitoring
  • Testing and Verification of CRDS and other Sensors for Liquid Hydrocarbon Leaks
Design, Materials and Construction
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Welding of High Strength Steel Pipelines
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Essential Welding Variables for X70/X65 Pipeline Steels
Offshore Pipeline Design & Assessment
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Submarine Pipeline On-Bottom Stability - High Value Objectives
Welding Quality & Productivity
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Tools for Effective Welding Process and Procedure Development
Strain Based Design and Assessment
  • PROGRAM: Strain Based Design and Assessment
Structural Integrity Assessment
  • Characterization of Mechanical Properties of Vintage Girth Welds
Ground Movement Hazards
  • Guidance for Establishing Geohazard Integrity Performance Goals
Offshore Pipeline Design & Assessment
  • Guidance on Subsea Launchers and Receivers
Solutions for Pipeline Repair - In-Service / Maintenance Welding, Composites, Liners, etc.
  • Guidelines for Using Composite Systems to Repair High Pressure Gas and Liquid Transmission Pipelines
Structural Integrity Assessment
  • Improving the Assessment of Cracks Clusters with Intelligent Interaction Rules
Strain Based Design and Assessment
  • Integrity Management Plan: Codes & Standards Implementation
New Research Technologies
  • NASA TecFusion Process (LTRC)
Alternative Pipeline Materials
  • State-of-the-Art: "Alternatives to Steel Pipelines"
New and Improved Test Standards
  • Support for Standardization of Weld Testing Methods
Criteria for Evaluating Failure Susceptibility due to Crack Defects
  • Tripartite Ductile Fracture Solution Consortium
Structural Integrity Assessment
  • Update to the ASME History of Line Pipe
Welding Quality & Productivity
  • Weld Hydrogen Cracking Susceptibility Characterization
Compressor and Pump Station
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PROGRAM: Compressor Station Engines - Toxic Emissions Compliance
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Field Evaluation of Oxidation Catalyst Degradation on a 2-Stroke Lean-Burn NG Engine: Year 2
  • CONTINUING PROJECT: Field Evaluation of Timed Power Cylinder Lube Oil Injection
  • PROGRAM: Compressor Station Engines - Toxic Emissions Compliance
PROGRAM: Zero - Zero: Zero Hardware/Performance Failures & Zero Emissions Exceedances
  • PROGRAM: Zero - Zero: Zero Hardware/Performance Failures & Zero Emissions Exceedances
  • Advanced Modeling for Expert Continuous Engine Performance Monitoring (CEPM)
PROGRAM: Emissions Control for Legacy Reciprocating Engines
  • Air Specification Training
Emission Monitoring & Reporting
  • Ambient NO2 Modeling for 1 Hour Standard - Phase I - Project Plan, Stakeholder Coordination, and Ambient Monitoring Plan Development
PROGRAM: Zero - Zero: Zero Hardware/Performance Failures & Zero Emissions Exceedances
  • CEPM Technical Specification
  • Co-simulation Technology Investigation for Large Engine Mechanical Integrity and Reliability
  • Demonstration of Integrated System and Expert level Continuous Engine Performance Monitoring (CEPM)
  • Engine Controller Design Solutions to Address Variable Fuel Composition of Lean-Burn Engines: Field-based Evaluation
  • Evaluation of speed stability as a measure of combustion stability for Continuous Engine Performance Monitoring (CEPM)
Extend Solar Turbines DLN Operating Range
  • Field Demonstration of Improved SoLoNOx Control Algorithm to Reduce Part Load Emissions for Less Restrictive Load Following
Reduce Liquid Pump Cost of Service
  • Field Pump Performance Testing Procedure
Emission Monitoring & Reporting
  • GHG Database to Support Emission Factor Improvement
PROGRAM: Compressor Station Engines - Toxic Emissions Compliance
  • Modeling of NSCR Performance with Exhaust Mixtures from Natural Gas-Fueled Engines
Emission Monitoring & Reporting
  • Portable Analyzer Test Method Update and Minimum Detection Levels for Common Analyzers
PROGRAM: Zero - Zero: Zero Hardware/Performance Failures & Zero Emissions Exceedances
  • Reciprocating Engine Compliance Verification Guidelines for CEPM
  • Technology Evaluation of Adsorber for Heavy Hydrocarbon Removal
Measurement
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PROGRAM: Measurement of Non-Traditional Gas Supplies
  • PROGRAM: Measurement of Non-Traditional Gas Supplies
  • Correlative Estimation of HCDP
Measurement Reliability
  • Density Master Meter Field Testing Protocol
Measurement Uncertainty & System Balance and Facility Design
  • Performance Evaluation of New Generation Ultrasonic Meters in Compact Installations – Phase II
Quick Response Measurement Standards Support
  • Quick Response Measurement Standards Support
Measurement Reliability
  • Sample Probe Minimum Insertion Depth Requirement
Measurement Uncertainty & System Balance and Facility Design
  • Study the Impact of Composite Sample Mixing Methodology and Centrifugal Forces on Density Determination and S&W Results
Measurement Reliability
  • Technical Review of Differences Between ASME PTC 19.3 TW-2010 and API 14.1 Standards Regarding Thermowell Length and Design
  • Turbine and Coriolis Meter Diagnostics with Entrained Liquids
  • Ultrasonic Meter Recalibration Frequency – Phase 2
Measurement Uncertainty & System Balance and Facility Design
  • Upstream Piping Configurations for Ultrasonic Meters Follow-on
Measurement Reliability
  • USM Diagnostics
Underground Storage
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PROGRAM: Storage Field Integrity
  • PROGRAM: Storage Field Integrity
  • General Deployment Support - all TC's and Programs
PROGRAM: Storage Field Integrity
  • Identification of Practical Inspection Methods for Top Joints
  • Improving Casing Assessments: Downhole Stress Effects on MFL and Confirmation of RSTRENG Accuracy