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Application of receiver operating characteristic curve for pipeline reliability analysis.

Tee, F.K. and Khan, L.R. and Coolen-Maturi, T. (2015) 'Application of receiver operating characteristic curve for pipeline reliability analysis.', Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, part O : journal of risk and reliability., 229 (3). pp. 181-192.


Structural reliability analysis of buried pipeline systems is one of the fundamental issues for water and wastewater asset managers. Measuring the accuracy of a reliability analysis or a failure prediction technique is an effective approach to enhancing its applicability and provides guidance on selection of reliability or failure prediction methods. The determination of threshold value for a particular pipe failure criterion provides useful information on reliability analysis. However, this threshold value is not always known. In this article, receiver operating characteristic curve has been applied where empirical and nonparametric predictive inference techniques are used to evaluate the accuracy of pipeline reliability analysis and to predict the failure threshold value. Multi-failure conditions, namely, corrosion-induced deflection, buckling, wall thrust and bending stress have been assessed in this article. It is hoped that choosing the optimal operating point on the receiver operating characteristic curve, which involves both maintenance and financial issues, can be ideally implemented by combining the receiver operating characteristic analysis with a formal risk–cost management of underground pipelines.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Receiver operating characteristic curve, Nonparametric predictive inference, Reliability analysis, Underground pipelines, Corrosion.
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