A model for predicting failure of oil pipelines

Ahmed Senouci, Mohamed Elabbasy, Emad Elwakil, Bassem Abdrabou, Tarek Zayed

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Oil and gas pipelines transport millions of dollars of goods everyday worldwide. Even though they are the safest way to transport petroleum products, pipelines do still fail generating hazardous consequences and irreparable environmental damages. Many models have been developed in the last decade to predict pipeline failures and conditions. However, most of these models were limited to one failure type, such as corrosion failure, or relied mainly on expert opinion analysis. The objective of this paper is to develop a model that predicts the failure cause of oil pipelines based on factors other than corrosion. Two models are developed to help decision makers predict failure occurrence. Regression analysis and artificial neural networks (ANNs) models were developed based on historical data of pipeline accidents. The two models were able to satisfactory predict pipeline failures due to mechanical, operational, corrosion, third party and natural hazards with an average validity of 90% for the regression model and 92% for the ANN model. The developed models assist decision makers and pipeline operators to predict the expected failure cause(s) and to take the necessary actions to avoid them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-387
Number of pages13
JournalStructure and Infrastructure Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • artificial neural networks
  • failure type prediction
  • oil pipelines
  • regression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering


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