September 24, 2020

Using publicly available data from PHMSA, an analysis of product release events associated with the onshore US hazardous liquid pipeline network was conducted to understand what historical data indicates in terms of actual release volumes and how they are affected by key pipeline attributes. As a result of this analysis, a simple model to determine release volume averages and their range based on the pipe diameter and mode of failure was developed.

The paper— Analysis of Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Spill Volumes —describes the analysis of selected data in regards to:

  • Release volume,
  • Pipe diameter, and
  • Failure mode categorization.

Tyler Paxman is presenting the results of this project at the upcoming virtual International Pipeline Conference on September 29 at 1:00 p.m. You will learn about the calculation of spill volumes using historical data and a simple release volume estimation model.

The entire paper—IPC2020-9278 Analysis of Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Spill Volumes—is available through the 2020 International Pipeline Conference.

Tyler Paxman is a Research Engineer-in-Training in C-FER’s Pipeline Integrity and Operations department. His focus is on quantitative risk assessment and consequence modelling for pipelines.

Release volume versus pipe diameter from PHMSA data with corresponding Release Volume percentiles for small-opening releases

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