Damage Resistance

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AS/NZS 2885.1 Appendix E Resistance to Penetration

Should destructive testing for puncture resistance be mandated for new pipelines?

While destructive testing is highly desirable it is too onerous to mandate for all new pipelines, especially those that are entirely in remote areas, are similar to existing pipelines for which data exists, or are very minor pipelines with a small budget. Nevertheless anyone building a significant new pipeline is strongly encouraged to include penetration resistance testing to add to the industry data. AS 2885.1 requirements for penetration resistance have been validated by only two actual tests (as at Feb 2020). (Peter Tuft)