The causes of hazardous liquid transmission pipeline accidents; what can be determined from US DOT databases?

Joshua S. Greenfeld, Eugene Golub, Robert Dresnack, F. H. Griffis, Louis J. Pignataro

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Abstract

Several studies have been published on the causes of accidents in hazardous liquid transmission pipelines. Many of these studies are based on the raw data compiled, stored and maintained by the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) of the US DOT. Recently, these databases were thoroughly reviewed by the Institute for Transportation at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and the findings of the study were reported to the OPS. This paper presents a summary of the above findings. The paper includes qualitative and quantitative observations of the data and some of the conclusions that could be derived from it. Some the findings indicate that there is a correlation between accidents in hazardous liquid transmission pipelines and pipeline age, quality of newly installed components, depth of cover, operating pressure, pipe wall thickness and ineffectiveness of prevention programs. The study concluded that additional data has to be collected and quality control measures on the data collection process must be implemented in order to fully comprehend and accurately define the real causes of accidents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-112
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pressure Vessels and Piping Division (Publication) PVP
Volume378
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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