Capacity of pitting corroded pipes under hydrogen assisted cracking

Ali Rajabipour, Robert E. Melchers

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Steel pipes used in the oil and gas industry when subject to corrosion pitting may fail as a result of internal pressure and metal cracking influenced by hydrogen embrittlement. The progressive shape of the crack, including at the instant of failure, is predicted under increasing internal pressure. It is proposed that when hydrogen-assisted cracking (HAC) is involved the shape of the crack front may be estimated from a parallel numerical analyses in the absence of HAC. The theory for this is outlined and an example given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9388-9399
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes


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