Seasonal factors influencing the failure of buried water reticulation pipes
Gould, Scott, Boulaire, Fanny, Burn, Stewart, Zhao, X.L., & Kodikara, J.K. (2011) Seasonal factors influencing the failure of buried water reticulation pipes. Water Science and Technology, 63(11), pp. 2692-2699.
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While the use of environmental factors in the analysis and prediction of failures of buried reticulation pipes in cold environments has been the focus of extensive work, the same cannot be said for failures occurring on pipes in other (non-freezing) environments. A novel analysis of pipe failures in such an environment is the subject of this paper. An exploratory statistical analysis was undertaken, identifying a peak in failure rates during mid to late summer. This peak was found to correspond to a peak in the rate of circumferential failures, whilst the rate of longitudinal failures remained constant. Investigation into the effect of climate on failure rates revealed that the peak in failure rates occurs due to differential soil movement as the result of shrinkage in expansive soils.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||asset management, climate, diameter, failure, material, soil|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management (090505)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Water Resources Engineering (090509)
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2011 IWA Publishing|
|Deposited On:||19 Aug 2014 22:23|
|Last Modified:||21 Aug 2014 01:22|
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