Instrumentation around a warm oil pipeline buried in permafrost

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TypeArticle
Journal titleCanadian Geotechnical Journal
ISSN0008-3674
Volume10
Pages227245; # of pages: 19
SubjectPermafrost; Soils; measuring instruments; cold regions; oil pipelines
AbstractA section of an uninsulated pipeline, 90 ft (27.4 m) long and 2 ft (0.61 m) in diameter, was buried in ice-rich permafrost at the Mackenzie Valley Pipe Line Research Limited Inuvik Test Facility. Oil at 160 degrees F (71 degrees C) was circulated through the pipe from July 1971 to January 1972 causing a thaw bulb to develop around it. Instrumentation was placed around the pipe to measure temperature, settlement, and pore-water pressure. Temperatures near the ground surface and at depth were measured using thermistors as the sensing element. Settlement was monitored by spiral foot gauges and by taking elevations at the ground surface and on rods welded to the pipe. Pore pressures were measured by gas-operated and Casagrande-type piezometers. Selection, fabrication, and installation of this instrumentation are discussed.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
IdentifierDBR-RP-559
NRC number13194
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NPARC number20373782
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Record identifier738e512f-3b1d-4b55-a783-10e2d1277c69
Record created2012-07-23
Record modified2016-05-09
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