Program 3 Network Lifecycle Management
Research Program 3 addresses advances in design, construction, and operations-related factors relevant to Australian energy infrastructure, extending the life of existing infrastructure and enabling safe and efficient delivery of existing and future fuels. Our research will exploit developments in allied disciplines, such as big data integration, new materials and additive manufacturing to enhance current asset management practices.
Vital components of the energy transfer infrastructure are studied from concept to end of life. Research addresses novel materials, design, installation, operations and maintenance, and repurposing or decommissioning requirements. The program provides solutions to asset owners on the suitability of metallic and polymer pipe materials for the transport and storage of existing and new fuels.
Research Program 3 research outcomes include:
- New and improved materials for effective and safe transport and storage of existing and future fuels.
- Effective design standards and operating procedures for transport and storage of fuels in new and existing pipeline systems.
- Opportunities to extend the life of existing infrastructure through repurposing existing networks and facilities to support the transportation of low carbon fuels.
- Reduced capital costs of new energy transportation infrastructure, and reduced operating and maintenance cost of infrastructure.
- More accurate, real-time assessment of the condition of metallic and plastic pipes through cost-effective sensing technology for detection, monitoring and evaluation of pipe degradation.
- Enhanced asset management decision-making through advanced detection technologies, data analytics and service life time prediction models covering a wide range of fuels and materials.
Key Program Areas
Material properties and performance (RP3.1)Learn More
Safe and efficient design, construction and operation of an integrated fuels infrastructure (RP3.2)Learn More
Smart monitoring, data management and asset condition prediction (RP3.3)Learn More
Advanced infrastructure repair and protection systems (RP3.4)Learn More
- Review of future fuels transport and storage technologies (RP3.1-01)
- Atom Probe Tomography for hydrogen interactions with steel pipes (RP3.1-02)
- Future proofing plastic pipes (RP3.1-03)
- Multi-channel hydrostatic pressure test kit (RP3.1-04)
- Compatibility of plastic piping with future fuels (RP3.1-05)
- Hydrogen permeation through the pipe wall (RP3.1-06)
- Hydrogen test bed – plastic pipe network (RP3.1-07)
- Proximity and ventilation requirements for fuel networks (RP3.2-01)
- Assessment of future fuel decompression behaviour (RP3.2-02)
- The online AS 2885 handbook (RP3.2-03)
- Pipeline Tensile strain capacity – Project 1 Literature review (RP3.2-05A)
- Pipeline Tensile strain capacity – Project 2 Experimental evaluation (RP3.2-05B)
- Pipeline Tensile strain capacity – Project 3 Predictive Tool (RP3.2-05C)
- Development of a New Fracture Propagation Model (RP3.2-06)
- Metering and gas quality monitoring of future fuel blends (RP3.2-07)
- Gap analysis of smart monitoring and data analytics networks (RP3.3-01)
- Performance review of inspection techniques for unpiggable pipelines (RP3.3-02)
- Retrofitting pipelines by in situ coating (RP3.4-01)
- Closed-loop CP control system for fuel networks (RP3.4-02)
- Centre of Excellence for External Interference (RP3.4-03)
- Keyhole coating damage treatment (RP3.4-04)