The Energy Pipelines CRC has been awarded an Excellence in Innovation Award by the Cooperative Research Centres Association for its research into fracture control of gas pipelines.

The award was presented at the Cooperative Research Centres Association National Conference held in Perth, which was attended by dignitaries including the Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Bob Baldwin, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry.

The conference, held annually, provides staff from Cooperative Research Centres with opportunities for discussion regarding the future of innovation in Australia and its relationship with Asia.

The winning research team was drawn from the University of Wollongong as well as industry advisors from the APIA Research and Standards Committee. The team included Cheng Lu, Guillaume Michal, YouYou Wu, Ajit Godbole, Phil Venton, Leigh Fletcher, John Piper, Frank Barbaro, Phil Colvin and Xiong Liu. They conducted world leading research that provides a deeper understanding of fracture in gas pipelines and developed design tools to ensure that pipelines are resistant to a major fracture incident.

The research has also produced internationally acclaimed software which improves the process of fracture prediction in the pipeline design phase and allows the appropriate steel to be selected.

Energy Pipelines CRC Chief Executive Officer Professor Valerie Linton said that it was truly an honour for the CRC to receive this award as it demonstrated the long term value that can be provided through collaborative research and working closely with the pipeline industry.

‘The research into fracture control of gas pipelines is essential into ensuring the safety and stability of our crucial national pipeline infrastructure.’

‘I am very proud of the research team responsible and they show the effectiveness of CRC funding. They were able to take a long term challenge of the Australian Pipeline Industry and find an effective solution.’


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