Members of the Energy Pipelines CRC research team YouYou Wu, Cheng Lu, Guillaume Michal, Ajit Godbole and Xiong Lu. Image courtesy of Energy Pipelines CRC.

RESEARCH conducted into fracture control of gas pipelines by Australia’s Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre has achieved national recognition.

The Cooperative Research Centres Association (CRCA) presented an Excellence in Innovation award to the Energy Pipelines CRC at the CRCA National Conference, held in late May.

The award recognised covered research that has been done on pipeline decompression, fracture modelling, determination of the effect of diameter and roughness on fracture, the characterisation of pipe toughness through Charpy and DWTT and the development of the EPDECOM software.

The research team was drawn from the University of Wollongong, led by Cheng Lu, with Guillaume Michal, Youyou Wu, Ajit Godbole and Xiong Liu also on the team.

The researchers worked with industry advisors from the Australian Pipelines Industry Association Research and Standards Committee to research fracture in gas pipelines, as well as developing design tools to ensure pipelines could resist a major fracture incident.

“The research has also produced internationally acclaimed software which improves the process of fracture prediction in the pipeline design phase and allows the appropriate steel to be selected,” the Energy Pipelines CRC said.

Energy Pipelines CRC chief executive Valerie Linton said the award demonstrated the long-term value that can be provided through collaborative research and working closely with the pipeline industry.

‘The research into fracture control of gas pipelines is essential into ensuring the safety and stability of our crucial national pipeline infrastructure,” she said.

“I am very proud of the research team responsible and they show the effectiveness of CRC funding. They were able to take a long term challenge of the Australian Pipeline Industry and find an effective solution.”

The EPDECOM software will be available for purchase in the coming weeks, the CRC said.