Pipeline Pigging & Integrity Management Conference
plus Training Courses and Exhibition
George R. Brown Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis Hotel
January 29 - February 1, 2018


Course E
Fracture Mechanics for Pipeline Engineers

also see Course I

January 29
  7:30am Registration & coffee
  8:00am-5:00pm Course
January 30
  8:00am-5:00pm Course


This two-day course is ideal for engineers who work in the pipeline industry and are faced with the technical and regulatory challenges associated with the seam weld crack threat. The instructor is Dr. Ted Anderson, who is a well-known expert in fracture mechanics with many years of experience in the oil & gas industry.  The attendees will receive a grounding in fundamental concepts of fracture mechanics, but with a focus on practical applications of this technology to the pipeline crack threat.

Course E is an in-depth review of fracture characteristics and behavior, modeling, and analysis methods. Course I gives an overview of principles and analysis and then concentrates on inspection, assessment and repair options.

A laptop is required for this course.


  • PDF files containing all presentation slides.
  • Textbook: Fracture Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications, 4th Edition (2017), by T.L. Anderson.
  • An Excel-VBA application that performs burst pressure calculations, rainflow analysis, and pressure cycle fatigue analysis.

Who should attend

  • Pipeline engineers
  • Designers and service professionals who are involved with the maintenance, inspection, and repair of pipelines.

Continuing Education Units

Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to receive1.4 CEUs.


Ted Anderson

Dr. Ted Anderson is the author of a best-selling book on fracture mechanics, which has been adopted as a required text in over 150 universities. He recently returned to independent consulting after serving as Senior VP of Technology Development for Team Inc. and the Chief Technology Officer for Quest Integrity. He founded a consulting and software company in 1995, which was acquired by Quest Integrity in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgy from the Colorado School of Mines.


Introduction and Overview

  • Cracks, notches and metal loss.
  • Driving force versus resistance (toughness).

Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM)

  • Stress intensity factor (K)
  • Limitations of LEFM

Elastic-Plastic Fracture Mechanics

  • Crack tip opening displacement (CTOD)
  • J-Integral
  • Fracture toughness testing.
  • Relationship between Charpy energy and fracture toughness.

Pipeline Fracture Models

  • Log-Secant
  • CorLAS
  • API 579 failure assessment diagram (FAD)
  • PRCI MAT-8
  • Strengths and weaknesses of various models.

Pressure Cycle Fatigue Analysis

  • The Paris equation.
  • Rainflow cycle counting
  • Equivalent cycles and the Cyclic Index
  • Computing re-assessment intervals based on hydrotest results or ILI data.

Special Topics

  • Probabilistic analysis.
  • Optimizing hydrostatic test pressures.

In-Class Exercises with Excel VBA Application

  • Burst pressure calculations
  • Rainflow analysis
  • Pressure cycle fatigue analysis


 Organized by:

Clarion Technical Conferences     Tiratsoo Technical

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 Platinum Sponsors

Riccardelli Consulting Services, Inc (RCS)   Enduro

Gold Sponsor

 NDT    Halfwave

 Silver Sponsors

A. Hak    N-Spec      TD Williamson       Circor Energy - Pipeline Engineering.png

 Supported by

the In Line Inspection Association        PRCI     PPSA    

 Official Media Partners

Pipelines International  Journal of Pipeline Engineering   World Pipelines   North American Pipelines   Inspectioneering   Latincorr   Pipeline & Gas Journal