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Reliability of pipelines under spatially varying corrosion defects

School of Engineering

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Dr S Sriramula , Dr H Tan Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The integrity of pipelines is greatly affected by the initiation and progression of corrosion defects. It has been widely recognised that random variations in these characteristics can be rationally quantified with probabilistic approaches. Reliability computations considering a single corrosion defect are commonly adopted with widely accepted burst pressure performance models. However, in the case of interacting corrosion defects, an appropriate framework needs to be developed to assess the inherent reliability. This is further complicated by the spatiotemporal variations of this process. Current studies to consider these effects are limited by the lack of experimentally validated models. The aim of this project is to develop spatial variability models of corrosion defects to improve the reliability estimates of pipelines, leading to effective risk mitigation.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Mechanical / Civil / Aerospace engineering.

Knowledge of: Structural mechanics, numerical analysis, computer programming, structural reliability, risk analysis.


• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr S Sriramula ([Email Address Removed]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ([Email Address Removed])

Funding Notes

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of the discipline of Petroleum Engineering. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for Tuition fees, living expenses and maintenance. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting THERE IS NO FUNDING ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT.

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