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November 30, 2017 / Klaas van Alphen
Category: Research Update 

Research Update Nov 2017

November was full of research dissemination activities with a number of the Energy Pipelines CRC researchers involved in research program 2 on ‘coatings and corrosion’ presenting their work at the Australian Corrosion Association’s ‘Corrosion and Prevention Conference 2017’ held in Sydney. Papers presented included:

  • Infrastructure Health Monitoring using sensors, past, present and future.
  • Overview of research preformed at Deakin University on coatings and cathodic protection.
  • Approaches to overcoming ongoing pipeline corrosion modelling challenges.

Furthermore, a very successful research seminar was held on 16th November and an APGA RSC meeting the day after. At the seminar, A/Prof Cheng Lu presented a comprehensive overview of the fracture control research that has been undertaken by the Energy Pipelines CRC over the past seven years. The presentation showed the significant progress made in this area in recent years and the impact it has had on both national and international pipeline design practices. Future research directions for this work will be discussed at the RP3 steering committee meeting that is scheduled for the 1st of December in Wollongong.

Dr Nolene Byrne presented the final results of the work undertaken in RP1-06 ‘Cracking in Polyethylene (PE) Pipelines’ that has addressed deficiencies of using conventional test methods on aged pipes. Her presentation also covered new improved test methods and modelling techniques for characterising long-term performance of PE pipes. A week later Nolene presented her work also to the APGA RSC members that are part of the Energy Pipelines CRC user group on plastic and composite pipes. For those that have missed Nolene her talks, the final report is now available to members on the Energy Pipelines CRC website.

The seminar also featured two excellent presentations resulting from research program 4 ‘public safety and security of supply’. Prof Lynne Chester presented the interim results for project RP4-26 ‘economic and technical regulation’ and Richard McDonough presented the outcomes of project RP4-25 ‘Effectiveness of External Interference Protection Controls’. The research reports associated with this work were discussed by the RP4 steering committee Friday 24 November and are scheduled for release to APGA RSC members by the end of this year.

This RP4 steering committee was chaired by Edwin De Prinse who has taken over the role from Michael Malavazos. The Energy Pipelines CRC would like to thank Michael for his great leadership of the research program in recent years and Edwin for stepping into the role.

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