New tool to combat pipeline leaks

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    Note published 01.04.12

More than 30 years of SINTEF research on fracture mechanics has resulted in LINKpipe, a new software tool designed to help elimimate fractures and thus leaks in offshore pipelines.

The need for analyses of this type is rising as pipelines are laid at ever greater depths in regions with challenging seabed topography. The new tool will also improve safety margins in the wake of damage caused by anchor impacts. The software has been developed partly in the course of two joint industry projects; Fracture Control Offshore Pipeline 1 and 2, undertaken in collaboration with Statoil, a number of other oil companies and pipe-laying contractors.