Research Group for the Management And Prediction of Pipe bursts (MAPPS)
Contact MAPPSDr Jayantha Kodikara
Department of Civil Engineering
Building 60, Clayton Campus
MONASH UNIVERSITY, VIC 3800, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9905 4963
Fax: +61 3 9905 4944
Incorporating the ARC-Linkage Project for Predicting and Controlling Pipe Bursts
Water and gas supply to urban communities is an essential service in modern society.
Extensive buried pipe networks are used to convey water and gas services. As these pipes age, unexpected pipe bursts have become commonplace, exerting a severe burden on society. Considering the current scarcity of water and ga resources, the wastage of these precious commodities must be minimised at all costs. Pipe burst occurs due to a complex interaction of a range of factors including pipe and soil type and the climate. As the pressures of climate change mounts, this issue is becoming ever more important.
The mission of MAPPS is to provide scientific understanding of the pipe burst problem, for developing improved methods for proactive pipe network management,rehabilitation and renewal.
The mission of MAPPS is to provide scientific understanding of the pipe burst problem, for developing improved methods for proactive pipe network management, rehabilitation and renewal.
Currently the primary focus of MAPPS is on the Australian Research Council Linkage (ARC-L) project for the prediction and control of pipe bursts in buried water and gas pipeline reticulation systems.
ARC Linkage Project Summary
Australian buried water and gas pipe networks extend over hundreds thousand kilometres. As these pipe systems age, pipe failures have also increased, leading to wastage of valuable commodities and increasing social and economic costs to the community. Effective pipe asset management tools are urgently needed to maintain reliable and safe supply of these essential services. There is clear evidence that pipe failures are significantly related to soil behaviour influenced by seasonal climactic conditions. The current asset management models do not adequately consider these issues. This project will develop methodologies for predicting ans controlling the failure of buried water and gas pipes for effective pipe asset management.
ARC Linkage Project for Predicting and Controlling Pipe Failures
Prediction of pipeline assets failures as a result of ground movement due to climactic condition variation. This project incorporates the three postgraduate projects below.
- Measurement of pipe-ground interaction behaviour using instrumented field tests and geophysical methods.
- Computer modelling and laboratory testing of pipe-ground interaction with climate simulation.
- Development of methodologies for incorporating pipe burst prediction into proactive asset management models.
- Failure mechanism analysis of failed pipe samples. Incorporating soil property and fracture surface analysis. (completed - 2007)
- Determination of critical pipe burst location factors. (completed - 2007)
- Assessing the fatigue and impact resistance of corroded cast iron pipes buried in ground.(completed - 2008)
- Assessing the effect of water chemistry change on the integrity of water pipelines.(completed - 2008)
- Selection of suitable climate parameter for water and gas pipe failure prediction.(completed - 2009)
- Thermographic assessment of water pipes to identify failures/leaks.
- Further selection of suitable climate parameter for water and gas pipe failure prediction.