Pipeline Cracks

Pipeline cracks can develop during manufacturing, fabrication, installation or operation, and are caused by a variety of mechanisms. Fatigue cracks, environmentally assisted cracking and other crack types pose a risk to pipeline efficiency and safety. Other planar anomalies in pipe bodies, girth welds and seam welds can also appear crack-like in inspection data.

Our pipeline integrity framework for cracking pairs industry best practice with in-depth expertise. We provide state-of-the-art pipeline crack inspection and maintenance solutions for various crack types. This enables cracks to be detected and remedied before they threaten pipeline performance and integrity.

Diagram of the Pipeline Integrity Framework for Cracking.ROSEN’s Pipeline Integrity Framework for Cracking

A holistic approach to understanding pipeline cracks 

The diverse nature of pipeline crack types, locations and causes, as well as pipeline materials and mechanical properties, combine to make every pipeline threat unique. Our pipeline integrity framework for cracking covers every possibility in crack detection and assessment. This holistic approach gives pipeline operators the most effective means to control cracks.

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Accurate in-line inspections for pipeline crack detection 

Our RoCD Service Suite offers the latest generation of crack detection and sizing technologies. The suite incorporates ultrasonic, electromagnetic acoustic and magnetic flux leakage technologies that combine to deliver high-resolution results for a complete diagnosis and understanding of any crack threats to your pipeline. Collectively, these technologies form a solid foundation for the safe management of your asset’s integrity. 

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Assessing pipeline integrity and longevity 

A trio of axial crack detection technologies and fourth circumferential crack detection technology comprises our complete suite of crack diagnostics. Our analysis turns post in-line inspection into immediate crack prioritization along with complete crack defect assessments. We draw on welding, corrosion and material experts who can accurately diagnose every type of crack and offer a root cause analysis. Furthermore, our state-of-the-art laboratory conducts additional testing when required. 

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Crack consultancy and pipeline risk assessment

Following characterization and prioritization of pipeline cracks, crack assessment and consultancy steps complete our integrity framework. This includes risk assessment and susceptibility modelling that can update the operator’s own risk assessments. Our comprehensive approach is proactive and forward-looking. It precedes our pipeline management plan that suggests the optimal selection of activities – direct assessment, ILI, hydrotesting, recoating, replacement – to ensure continued safety in operation. 

Take control of cracks with our services

The pipeline integrity framework for cracking consists of various services ranging from in-line inspection, integrity assessments to crack consultancy services.

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