Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 227–232 | Cite as

Pipeline Failure Results from Lightning Strike: Act of Mother Nature?

  • G. T. Quickel
  • J. A. Beavers
Case History---Peer-Reviewed


There are more than 2.5 million miles of oil and gas pipelines in the United States. Approximately 900 failures occurred on hazardous liquid pipelines from 2002 to 2003, and 9% of these failures were attributed to damages due to natural force, which included lightning strikes, among other naturally occurring events. This paper provides a case history in which failure analysis was applied to determine the metallurgical cause of a failure involving a polyethylene-coated hydrocarbon pipeline that leaked as a result of a lightning strike.


Pipeline Lightning Failure Polyethylene Coating 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DNV Columbus, Inc.DublinUSA

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