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Development and Validation of an Automated Non-destructive Evaluation (NDE) Approach for Testing Welded Joints in Plastic Pipes

Objective

Plastics pipes offer significant advantages over other materials such as cast iron, steel, copper and concrete, for the transportation of fluids such as natural gas, water, effluent and corrosive liquids. They do not corrode; have a longer predicted service life, leading to less frequent replacement; they are less expensive to install due to their light weight and flexibility; and have significantly lower leakage rates due to having an all-welded system. However, their more widespread use is being restricted by the lack of a reliable non-destructive evaluation (NDE) method for the welded joints. Pipeline leakage does not only cause high repair costs but can also result in disastrous environmental consequences and even in loss of life. This project will develop phased array ultrasonic NDE procedures for butt fusion and electrofusion joints in PE pipes of diameters up to 1m and also for pipes in other plastics materials, including PVC, ABS, PP and PVDF. In addition, the project will also develop an automated inspection system that will be able to inspect pipe-to-pipe and pipe-to-fitting (elbows, bends, reducers, tees, etc) butt and socket joints in various plastic pipe materials and diameters between 90 and 1000mm. The development will be made by manufacturing welded joints containing known flaws. The NDE data will be analysed to determine the limits of flaw detection for each technique. In parallel, the significance of flaw size and quantity will be established in relation to service requirements. This will be achieved by long-term mechanical testing of joints containing known flaws, and comparison with results for welds containing no flaws. The prototype equipment, designed and built as part of this project will be assessed under both laboratory and field conditions.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering
  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/construction engineering
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/bioelectrochemistry/electrofusion

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-2
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 180 000
Administrative Contact
Kerry Peddar (Ms.)

Participants (14)

ASOCIACION ESPAÑOLA DE ENSAYOS NO DESTRUCTIVOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 326 875
Address
Bocangel 28
28028 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elena Gomez (Ms.)
EDF ENERGY NUCLEAR GENERATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 7 000
Address
Barnett Way, Barnwood
GL43RS Barnwood
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Guyler (Mr.)
EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR WELDING JOINING AND CUTTING
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 339 750
Address
Av Antoon Van Oss 1 4
1120 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Luisa Coutinho (Prof.)
VERMON SA
France
EU contribution
€ 208 362
Address
Rue General Renault 180
37000 Tours
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
An Nguyen-Dinh (Mr.)
ISOTEST ENGINEERING SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 187 411
Address
Via Roma 8
10090 Reano, Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrizia Massaro (Ms.)
M 2 M
France
EU contribution
€ 115 750
Address
1 Rue De Terre Neuve Miniparc Du Verger Batiment H
91940 Les Ulis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philippe Oudart (Mr.)
PLASFLOW LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 32 000
Address
Holbrook Avenue Fullflow House
S20 3FF Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Craig Oglesby (Mr.)
KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 54 000
Address
K Donelaicio 73
44029 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rymantas Kazys (Prof.)
HESSEL Ingenieurtechnik GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 46 000
Address
Am Munsterwald 3
52159 Roetgen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joachim Hessel (Dr.)
CONSORZIO CATANIA RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 24 000
Address
Via Antonino Di Sangiuliano 262
95131 Catania
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Orazio Puglisi (Prof.)
SURFACE MOUNT AND RELATED TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED LBG - SMART GROUP
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 366 220
Address
Easton Street 85
HP11 1LT High Wycombe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anthony Gordon (Mr.)
E. ON RUHRGAS AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 8 249
Address
Brüsseler Plaz 1
45131 Essen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Werner Wessing (Mr.)
Associazione Italiana Prove Non Distruttive
Italy
EU contribution
€ 342 418
Address
Via A Foresti 5
25127 Brescia
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Giacinto Porco (Mr.)
THE PIPELINE INDUSTRIES GUILD LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 316 965
Address
Southam Road F 150, Cherwell Business Village
OX16 2SP Banbury
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Cheryl Burgess (Dr.)