Managing Cracking and Seam Weld Anomalies in Pipelines
Led by Sergio Limón
May 24-25, 2018: Houston
|7:30am||Registration & coffee|
Various forms of cracks, crack-like indications and seam weld anomalies are known to be present on pipelines, which could become a safety concern to their safe operation. The most typical forms of cracking and seam weld anomalies are environmentally, manufacturing-or operational related, such as stress corrosion cracking, corrosion fatigue cracking, hydrogen-induced cracking, hook crack-lie, lack of fusion and cold welds.
This course will provide an integrated, data-driven approach for addressing these integrity threats. It covers in greater depth the formation and conditions that drive their growth until they become unstable, leading to leaks or ruptures. The appropriate assessment methods such as ILI tools, pressure testing and direct assessments will be reviewed as well as traditional and current engineering Fracture Mechanics based methods for determining crack severity for response and remediation. Each attendee will receive a complimentary Excel based crack assessment calculator which will be demonstrated in class using practical case studies.
It will be necessary to bring a laptop to this course.
On completion of the course, the student will understand what factors contribute to the formation and growth of crack‐like features and seam-weld anomalies on pipelines. In addition, participants will be able to gather and analyze the type and extent of cracking found, key operational parameters, pipe material properties, full-scale testing data, and ILI crack tool data, and to apply industry-recognized engineering methods for developing and recommending appropriate remedial action.
Participants will receive a full set of course slides and notes in print and electronic form, in color throughout, as well as an Excel-based tool for calculating failure pressure due to the presence of cracks.
Sergio Limón has worked in the oil & gas pipeline industry for more than 15 years with emphasis on pipeline integrity threat analysis and response. He was employed for 10 years with a large owner and operator of natural gas gathering, processing and transportation services. He led for six years the Asset Integrity group for the western division responsible for the analysis, response and remediation of integrity threats as well as the implementation of the Gas Integrity Management Program. Sergio holds B Sc. and M Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis in fracture mechanics and materials from the University of Utah. He is the founder of Elevara Partners.
On completion of the course, participants will be awarded 1.4 CEUs.