Research

Applied Research

The Institute undertakes engineering research which has direct applicability to assure the integrity of pipelines. Example topics include:

  • developing pipeline materials with increased strength, and reduced susceptibility to corrosion,
  • improved coatings,
  • improved understanding of geotechnical environments, and
  • the design of pipelines to withstand ground movements from landslides and earthquakes.

The objective is to generate research findings that will contribute to the integrity of pipelines and overall sector guidelines. All research is transparent and peer reviewed globally. All findings are communicated in public forums.

Time-lapse video showing the use of ASPIRe™ facility to simulate soil failure around a buried pipe during adjacent ground movement.   

Technical Publications

Dr. Dharma Wijewickreme

Co-Director of Pipeline Integrity Institute, Professor of Civil Engineering, see full publication list and see UBC Civil Engineering profile.

ElMouchi, A., Siddiqua, S., Wijewickreme, D., Polinder, H., 2021, “Review to develop new correlations for geotechnical properties of organic soils”, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 1-22, 2021

Azoor, R., Asselin, E., Deo, R., Kodikara, J., Wijewickreme, D., 2021, “Corrosion of cast iron pipelines buried in Fraser River silt subject to climate-induced moisture variations”, Acta Geotechnica 16 (3), 873-884, 2021

Wijewickreme, D., Jayasinghe, T., 2020, “Development of soil restraints for buried pipelines in muskeg soils subjected to lateral ground displacements”, International Pipeline Conference 84454, V002T06A013, 2020

Katebi, M., Wijewickreme, D., Maghoul, P., Roy, K., 2020, “Effects of slope grade on soil-pipe interaction: full-scale experiments”, International Pipeline Conference 84454, V002T02A010, 2020

Dr. Edouard Asselin

Co-Director of Pipeline Integrity Institute, Professor of Materials Engineering, see full publication list and see UBC Materials Engineering profile.

Xu, M., Liang, H., Liu, Y., Asselin, E. 2021, “Predicting the external corrosion rate of X60 pipeline steel: mathematical model”, Metals 11 (4), 583, 2021.

Liang, H., Schaller, RF., Asselin, E. 2021, “Three phase corrosion of pipeline steel: size effects of deposited solids under water droplets and an oil diffusion barrier”, Journal of Pipeline Science and Engineering 1 (1), 137-147, 2021.

Azoor, R., Asselin, E., Deo, R., Kodikara, J., Wijewickreme, D., 2021, “Corrosion of cast iron pipelines buried in Fraser River silt subject to climate-induced moisture variations, Acta Geotechnica 16 (3), 873-884, 2021.

Zargarnezhad, H., Asselin, E., Wong, D., Lam, CNC., 2021, “A critical review of the time-dependent performance of polymeric pipeline coatings: focus on hydration of epoxy-based coatings”, Polymers 13 (9), 1517, 2021.

Xu, M., Lam, CNC., Wong, D., Asselin, E. 2020, “Evaluation of the cathodic disbondment resistance of pipeline coatings – a review”, Progress in Organic Coatings 146, 105728, 2020.