OPS review addresses SCC threat to pipeline integrity

Stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) of buried pipelines is one of several identified integrity threats for pipeline systems. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, formerly Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) recently commissioned a review of the pipeline industry's experience with SCC to establish a baseline of the collective knowledge and best practices to successfully mange the SCC threat.This article summarizes significant findings from the review.1Early experienceThe first known case of SCC was identified in 1965 following a gas transmission pipeline rupture near Natchitoches, La. Before that incident, SCC on burie...

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