A hierarchical Bayesian growth model is presented in this paper to characterize and predict the growth of individual metal-loss corrosion defects on pipelines. The depth of the corrosion defects is assumed to be a power-law function of time characterized by two power-law coefficients and the corrosion initiation time, and the probabilistic characteristics of the these parameters are evaluated using Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulation technique based on in-line inspection (ILI) data collected at different times for a given pipeline. The model accounts for the constant and non-constant biases and random scattering errors of the ILI data, as well as the potential correlation between the random scattering errors associated with different ILI tools. The model is validated by comparing the predicted depths with the field-measured depths of two sets of external corrosion defects identified on two real natural gas pipelines. The results suggest that the growth model is able to predict the growth of active corrosion defects with a reasonable degree of accuracy. The developed model can facilitate the pipeline corrosion management program.
Hierarchical Bayesian Corrosion Growth Model Based on In-Line Inspection Data
Contributed by the Pressure Vessel and Piping Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF PRESSURE VESSEL TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received December 14, 2012; final manuscript received January 19, 2014; published online April 3, 2014. Assoc. Editor: Jianmin Qu.
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Al-Amin, M., Zhou, W., Zhang, S., Kariyawasam, S., and Wang, H. (April 3, 2014). "Hierarchical Bayesian Corrosion Growth Model Based on In-Line Inspection Data." ASME. J. Pressure Vessel Technol. August 2014; 136(4): 041401. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4026579
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