RP3.1-04: Multi-channel hydrostatic pressure test kit

Executive Summary

Hydrostatic pressure testing is a method to assess the performance of various types and grades of plastic pipes. This method has been standardised under ASTM D1598-2004 and ISO1667-2006 to evaluate industry-wide pipeline performance. This project resulted in commissioning a hydrostatic pressure testing kit which will be also incorporated into the existing and future research into the residual lifetime of pipes, slow crack growth mechanism and crack propagation kinetics when the asset is exposed to the hydrogen.

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Commencement / End Date February 2019 to March 2020
Outcomes / Impact

The failure modes and characteristics of PE are important to the Australian gas industry. This project adds additional testing capabilities to the Deakin research centre towards understanding the crack behaviour of PE pipes which will inform asset management and replacement strategies of network owners.

Partners Deakin University, APA Group
Research Contact

Douglas Proud

Research & Utilisation Program Coordinator