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October 12, 2010
PRCI, Research Partners Awarded Projects Under Recent DOT BAA
On September 14, 2010, DOT announced that it will support the development of 17 research projects and provide $5.9 million in funding to address the challenges of pipeline safety. Projects were selected that address multiple topic areas, including alternative fuels transportation, the detection, prevention, and characterization of threats and leaks, and pipeline construction quality. Of the 17 projects approved by DOT, PRCI is teaming with other research partners for 6 projects. These projects include the following:
- Project No. 354 – MWM-Array Characterization of Mechanical Damage and Corrosion
- Project No. 355 – Development of a Model to Accurately Predict the Conditions of Carrier Pipe within Casings Based on Conditions at the Casing Ends
- Project No. 358 – Dent Fatigue Life Assessment – Development of Tools for Assessing the Severity and Life of Dent Features
- Project No. 356 – Integrated Internal Inspection and Cleaning Tool Technology for Pipelines
- Project No. 357 – Quality Management Systems for Pipelines
- Project No. 360 – Optimization of Multi-Wire GMAW Welding Procedure for Heavy-Wall Offshore Pipeline Construction
Each of these projects supported by PRCI builds on our current research programs, including extensions and continuations of ongoing, active research projects and several new projects that are consistent with PRCI’s Research Program roadmaps. To view the research projects awarded by PHMSA, visit the agency’s website and click on the link for “New Pipeline Safety Research Awards”. The amount of funding being contributed by PHMSA to support these projects is more than $2 million.
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