Coupling of 3D NDE and FEA for ECA of pipelines

Quasi-static fracture and damage mechanics - Somsubhro Chaudhuri

Advancements in non-destructive examination (NDE) technology have led to the possibility of obtaining in-the-field 3D representations of pipeline defects. Standardized defect assessment procedures do not yet take advantage of this possibility. The primary aim of this research is to explore the possibility of integrating 3D NDE into assessment of pipeline defects by coupling the NDE output with a finite element analysis (FEA) of the defected structure. The coupled 3D NDE-FEA approach will be embedded into a multi-level engineering critical assessment framework.

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