Buried Pipeline Research Needs

by Ernest T. Selig, Univ of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA,
William A. Nash, Univ of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pipeline Infrastructure


A workshop was convened with representatives from universities, consulting engineering and research organizations, pipe and/or equipment manufacturers, constructors, users, and government agencies. The objective was to outline significant areas of pipeline research that should be pursued to most economically and effectively manage and expand the enormous infrastracture that exists today in the United States. The general topics considered were: (a) materials, (b) structural behavior, (c) loading and soil-pipe interaction, (d) installation methods and conditions, (e) monitoring of integrity, and (f) maintenance. This paper summarizes the research needs identified by the working groups as well as the scope of the problem.

Subject Headings: Buried pipes | Material properties | Consulting services | Structural behavior | Soil properties | Soil-pipe interaction | Soil analysis | Pipelines | United States

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