Energy Pipelines CRC

Energy Pipelines CRC was a predecessor of Future Fuels CRC, running from 2009-2019. Its mission was to provide the Australian energy pipeline industry with the technology necessary to extend the life of the existing natural gas transmission network, and to build better, cheaper networks necessary to support increased demand for energy.

For more information on EPCRC please read the Guide to EPCRC’s Legacy.

The research and residual assets of EPCRC have been transferred to Future Fuels CRC and are available to Future Fuels CRC participants in the secure Members’ Area of this website.

Research was broadly divided into four Research Programs (RPs):

RP1-01A: Girth Weld Real Time Monitoring – Development of Options
RP1-01B: Online Monitoring System
RP1-02A: Effect of Restraint on WMHACC
RP1-02B: Effect of Microstructure on WMHACC
RP1-02C: Safe Envelope Modelling of WMHACC
RP1-02D: Effect of Consumable Chemistry on WMHACC
RP1-02E: Effect of Plastic Strain on WMHACC
RP1-03: High Strength Pipes/Pipelines
RP1-04A: WMHACC Scoping Study
RP1-04B: WMHACC of X70 Linepipe Steel
RP1-05: Cracking in polyethylene distribution pipe scoping study
RP1-06: Cracking in Polyethylene Pipelines
RP1-07: Cracking in Polyethylene and other Polymer Pipelines
RP6.1-01: Effect of Ti and N on HAZ
RP6.1-01B: Effect of Ti and N on HAZ Toughness Phase 2
RP6.1-02A: Industry Specification for Linepipe
RP6.1-03: AS2885.1 Toughness Review
RP6.1-04: Pipe Size Effect in DWTT
RP6.1-05: Review of Mechanised GMA Girth Welding of Pipelines
RP6.1-06: PipeStrain Repair, Validation and Development

RP2-01: Benchmarking Australian Pipeline SCC
RP2-02: Coatings to Minimise Corrosion
RP2-03: Cathodic Protection of Linepipe
RP2-04: Life Prediction and Asset Management
RP2-05: Tomography of Inclined Stress Corrosion Cracking
RP2-06A: Coatings Facility Phase 1
RP2-06B: Coatings Durability
RP2-06C: Coatings Facility Phase 2
RP2-06D: Coatings Facility Phase 3
RP2-07A: Benchmarking Pipeline Corrosion for Life Prediction
RP2-07B: Computational Life Prediction
RP2-07C: Pipeline Health Monitoring and Life Prediction
RP2-07D: Pipeline Operation Life Prediction
RP2-08A: Transient Loss of Cathodic Protection
RP2-08B: Transient Loss of Cathodic Protection Phase 2
RP2-09A: Mechanics of Inclined SCC
RP2-09B: Interaction of Inclined SCC Cracks
RP2-09C: Manufacturing processes for SCC resistance
RP2-11: Coatings Cracking and Disbondment
RP2-12: Cathodic shielding under disbonded coating
RP2-13: Predicting pipeline failure through corrosion modelling
RP2-14: Pipeline condition monitoring sensors
RP2-15: Prediction-based decision support framework for energy pipeline integrity management
RP2-16 Assessing coating integrity and CP efficiency of HDD pipelines
RP6.2-01: Lightning Damage of Energy Pipelines
RP6.2-02: Understanding SCC Initiation of Gas Pipelines
RP6.2-03: Understanding SCC initiation on gas pipelines – Phase II
RP6.2-04: Shore Crossing Cathodic Protection Test Program
RP6.2-04B Shore Crossing Cathodic Protection Test Program – Phase 2

RP6.2-05: High Voltage Holiday Testing Of Dual Layer FBE
RP6.2-06: Assessing coatings for pipelines installed by HDD
RP6.2-07: Determining polyethylene coating longevity and deterioration
RP6.2-08: Subsea Pipelines Coatings Degradation – Scoping Study

RP3-02A: Modelling of Decompression Waves
RP3-02B: Pressure and Thermal Transients Scoping Study
RP3-02C: Fracture Simulation of Gas Pipelines
RP3-02D: Measurement of Uncertainty in Hydrostatic Leak Tests
RP3-02E: Decompression Velocities in Rich Gas Mixtures
RP3-02F: Coupled Model for Fracture Propagation
RP3-02G: Pressure and Thermal Transients Phase 2
RP3-02H: Hydro Test Uncertainty Phase 3
RP3-02I: Fracture Control Software
RP3-02J: Fracture Simulation Phase 2
RP3-03: Corrosion by New Energy Fluids
RP3-04A: Future Energy Media
RP3-04B: Future Energy Fluids
RP3-05: GRE Pipeline Research
RP3-06: Assessment of Solar Fuels
RP3-07: Construction Strain Demand on Coatings
RP3-08: Dense Phase Decompression
RP3-09: Charpy Testing Machine
RP3-10 Emerging energy sources and their transportation
RP3-11A:Gas pipeline blowdown – Project 1
RP3-11B: Gas pipeline vent design and operation – Project 2
RP3-11C: Gas pipeline vent design and operation- Project 3 high voltage power lines
RP3-11D: Gas pipeline vent design and operation – Project 4: Field testing of acoustic reflector
RP3-12: Pressure and Thermal Transients – Phase III
RP3-12A: Evaluation of transient models
RP3-13: EPCRC Fracture velocity model
RP6.3-01: Geotechnical Guidelines
RP6.3-02: Fugitive Emissions
RP6.3-04: Pipeline Uprating
RP6.3-05: Shore and Water Crossings Guideline
RP6.3-06: Fluid Structure Interaction Modelling
RP6.3-07: Understanding Pipeline Damage Caused By Drilling
RP6.3-08: Weeds Management
RP6.3-09: Concrete Mattress Design Guideline
RP6.3-10: Pipelines subject to occasional surface loads
RP6.3-10A: Pipelines subject to occasional surface loads – Phase II
RP6.3-11: Offshore Pipelines Decommissioning Guideline
RP6.3-12:Elimination of PWHT for in-service welding
RP6.3-13: Fracture Control Code of Practice

RP4-01: Safety Incentive Schemes
RP4-02A: Sociology of Safety
RP4-02B: Safety in Design
RP4-02C: Sociology of Safety Minor Work
RP4-03: Organisational Design (PhD2 ANU)
RP4-04: Land Use Planning
RP4-06: Industry Seminars
RP4-07: Urban Planning Around Pipelines
RP4-08: Understanding Pipeline Awareness
RP4-09: Increasing Regulatory Effectiveness
RP4-10: Understanding ALARP
RP4-11: Incident Reporting
RP4-20A: Third Party Risks to Pipelines – Part 1
RP4-20B: Urban Planning for Pipelines
RP4-21A: RMIT RP4 Program Leader Start-Up
RP4-22:Organisational safety seminars
RP4-23: Learning and decision making for improved process safety
RP4-24: Uptake of process safety research by industry
RP4-25: Effectiveness of External Interference Protection Controls
RP4-26: Economic and technical regulation
RP6.4-01: AS2885 Safety Management Study Benchmarking
RP6.4-02: Sociological Analysis of San Bruno
RP6.4-03: Intergenerational Studies