Codified methods to analyse the failures of water pipelines: A review

P. Forsyth, D. J. Robert, P. Rajeev, C. Q. Li, J. Kodikara

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Pipelines used for the transportation of water and other services are very important lifelines in modern society. The important role that they play in our present economy is reflected by thousands of kilometres of service laid in urban centres worldwide. As many of these pipelines have been laid few decades earlier, in most cases, their condition has been deteriorated mainly by electro-chemical and (or) micro-biological corrosion. There are several codes of practice available at present to analyse the condition of such deteriorated pipes. This paper identifies and reviews all such relevant standards applicable to corroded water mains with the use of some case studies. Three dimensional finite element analyses are also conducted to investigate the capabilities of simulating the failures of corroded pipelines and thus to ascertain the validity of codified methods. By careful assessment of the current codes of practice in use, it is possible to understand where these codes are lacking and which codes can rightly predict the realistic water pipe failures observed in the past.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics, ACAM 2014
Subtitle of host publicationMelbourne, Australia, 25-26 November 2014
Place of PublicationBarton, ACT
PublisherEngineers Australia
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781922107350
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014
EventAustralasian Congress on Applied Mechanics 2014 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 25 Jan 201426 Nov 2014
Conference number: 8th


ConferenceAustralasian Congress on Applied Mechanics 2014
Abbreviated titleACAM 2014
Otheras Part of Engineers Australia Convention 2014


  • Cast iron pipeline
  • Corrosion failure
  • Failure assessment diagrams
  • Finite element modelling
  • Fitness for service
  • Pipeline failure

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