Reliability-based temporal and spatial maintenance strategy for integrity management of corroded underground pipelines Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015 Taylor & Francis. In this work, a novel stochastic model framework for predicting the external corrosion growth in buried pipeline structures has been developed, and a reliability-based temporal and spatial maintenance strategy is presented. The spatial correlation of soil properties is modelled via hidden Markov random field. The temporal correlation of the corrosion rate is characterised by the geometric Brownian bridge process. A Bayesian inferential framework is employed to estimate the model parameters of the corrosion growth model using in-line inspection data. The proposed corrosion growth model was validated with actual inspection data. In the reliability analysis, the impact of device detectability is considered and hence the estimated failure probability is more realistic. The proposed maintenance strategy is directly based on the time-specific and location-specific failure probability. The application of the proposed model and maintenance strategy is illustrated through a real-life pipeline system. The results indicate that the proposed maintenance strategy is an adaptive and dynamic scheme that is able to improve the efficiency of inspections.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Wang, H., Yajima, A., Liang, R. Y., & Castaneda, H.

citation count

  • 15

complete list of authors

  • Wang, Hui||Yajima, Ayako||Liang, Robert Y||Castaneda, Homero

publication date

  • January 2016