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Quantification and comparison of carbon emissions for flexible underground pipelines

Quantification and comparison of carbon emissions for flexible underground pipelines

Khan, Lutfor Rahman and Tee, Kong Fah (2015) Quantification and comparison of carbon emissions for flexible underground pipelines. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (CJCE), 42 (10). pp. 728-736. ISSN 0315-1468 (Print), 1208-6029 (Online) (doi:10.1139/cjce-2015-0156)

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Abstract

The life cycle assessment of underground gravity and pressured pipeline networks are studied to quantitatively calculate the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The life cycle of a pipeline can be classified into four phases that are fabrication, transportation, installation, and operation. Three typical flexible underground pipe materials, namely, steel, ductile iron (DI), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) have been considered. The most dominant phase of the life cycle is pipe manufacturing and fabrication process, resulting in large amounts of CO2 emissions. The results indicate that PVC provides the best environmental savings compared to steel and DI pipes in terms of CO2 emission and emission mitigation cost. This methodology in estimating life cycle carbon footprint and cost could be used as managerial decision support tool for management of any underground pipeline networks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon footprint, buried pipelines, carbon pricing, energy consumption, embodied carbon
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Engineering Science
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 09:13
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14407

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