Here are factors that govern evaluation of mechanical damage to pipelines

Mechanical damage is a leading cause of significant failures in pipelines and the number one cause of pipeline incidents reportable to the US Department of Transportation. It accounts for at least one of every three pipe-related incidents in gas and liquid products pipelines.The characteristics of mechanical damage have been a subject of study since the mid-1950s. While a simple damage-assessment criterion has so far eluded researchers' best efforts, the results of tests and service experience have revealed many factors important for the operator to consider when responding to damage on a pipeline.Two forms of damageMechanical damage commonly manifests itself in one of two forms. The ...

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