Pipeline third-party damage subject of 2-year study

Effects of third-party damage to pipelines will be the focus of research to be supervised by the Gas Research Institute (GRI), Chicago. The US Department of Transportation's (DOT) Research and Special Programs Administration hired GRI, Chicago, to manage the $2 million research that will be conducted over 2 years by Battelle Institute, Columbus, Ohio, and Southwest Research Institute (SWRI), San Antonio. DOT and GRI will each provide 50% of the funding.MFL-based workBattelle will develop improved smart pigs that use magnetic flux leakage (MFL) to find and evaluate such damage as gouges and dents caused by backhoes. DOT has sponsored Battelle research on the issue since 1996.GRI said a...

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