Pipeline Rules of Thumb Handbook

Pipeline Rules of Thumb Handbook

A Manual of Quick, Accurate Solutions to Everyday Pipeline Engineering Problems

8th Edition - September 24, 2013

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  • Author: E.W. McAllister
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123876942

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Presented in easy-to-use, step-by-step order, Pipeline Rules of Thumb Handbook is a quick reference for day-to-day pipeline operations. For more than 35 years, the Pipeline Rules of Thumb Handbook has served as the "go-to" reference for solving even the most day-to-day vexing pipeline workflow problems. Now in its eighth edition, this handbook continues to set the standard by which all other piping books are judged. Along with over 30% new or updated material regarding codes, construction processes, and equipment, this book continues to offer hundreds of "how-to" methods and handy formulas for pipeline construction, design, and engineering and features a multitude of calculations to assist in problem solving, directly applying the rules and equations for specific design and operating conditions to illustrate correct application, all in one convenient reference. For the first time in this new edition, we are taking the content and data off the page and adding a new dimension of practical value for you with online interactive features to accompany some of the handiest and most useful material from the book: Interactive tables that takes data from the book and turns them into a sortable spreadsheet format that gives you the ability to perform your own basic filtering functions, show/hide columns of just the data that is important to you, and download the table into an Excel spreadsheet for additional use A graph digitizer which pulls a graph from the book and gives you the power to plot your own lines on the existing graph, see all the relative x/y coordinates of the graph, and name and color code your lines for clarity A converter calculator performing basic conversions from the book such as metric conversions, time, temperature, length, power and more Please feel free to visit the site:  http://booksite.elsevier.com/9780123876935/index.php, and we hope you will find our features as another useful and efficient tool for you in your day-to-day activity.

Key Features

  • Identify the very latest pipeline management tools and technologies required to extend the life of mature assets
  • Understand the obstacles and solutions associated with pipeline operations in challenging conditions
  • Analyze the key issues relating to flow assurance methodologies and how they can impact pipeline integrity
  • Evaluate effective ways to manage cost and project down-time


Pipeline Engineers, Pipeline Operators, Pipeline Construction Contractors, Pipeline Designers, Pipeline Drafters

Table of Contents

  • 1. General Information


    Cables and Ropes

    Belts and Shafts


    Pipeline Pigging

    2. Construction


    Project Scoping Data



    Concrete Work

    Pipe Laying

    Pipe Lowering


    Pipeline Welding

    3. Pipe Design


    4. Electrical Design


    Floodlighting Concepts

    5. Hydrostatic Testing


    The Benefits and Limitations of Hydrostatic Testing

    Appendix A

    Appendix B

    6. Pipeline Drying

    Publisher Summary

    Pipeline Dewatering, Cleaning, and Drying

    7. Control Valves


    Relief Valve Sizing, Selection, Installation, and Testing

    Sizing Valves for Gas and Vapor

    8. Corrosion/Coatings


    NAPCA Specifications Pipeline Felts

    Advances in Pipeline Protection

    Induced AC Voltages on Pipelines May Present a Serious Hazard

    Measuring Unwanted Alternating Current in Pipe

    Corrosion of Low-Velocity, High Water Cut Oil Emulsion Pipelines

    Internal Stray Current Interference Form an External Current Source

    Improvements to the External Corrosion Direct Assessment Process

    9. Gas—General

    Publisher Summary

    Considerations for Selecting Energy Measurement Equipment

    10. Gas—Compression


    Centrifugal Compressor Data

    11. Gas—Hydraulics


    12. Liquids—General


    13. Liquids—Hydraulics

    Publisher Summary

    Marine Hose Data

    Pressure Loss through Valves and Fittings

    14. Pumps


    Pulsation Control for Reciprocating Pumps

    Key Centrifugal Pump Parameters and How They Impact Your Applications—Part 1

    Key Centrifugal Pump Parameters and How They Impact Your Applications–Part 2

    Pump Curve Accuracy

    15. Measurement


    Gas Measurement

    16. Instrumentation

    Publisher Summary

    Developments in Pipeline Instrumentation

    Choosing the Right Technology for Integrated SCADA Communications

    17. Leak Detection

    Publisher Summary

    18. Tanks


    19. Maintenance

    Publisher Summary

    20. Economics


    Time Value of Money: Concepts and Formulas

    Decision and Evaluation Criteria for Investments and Financial Projects

    Sensitivity Analysis

    Decision Tree Analysis of Investments and Financial Projects

    Accounting Fundamentals

    References and Recommended Reading

    21. Rehabilitation–Risk Evaluation


    22. Conversion Factors



Product details

  • No. of pages: 806
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2013
  • Published: September 24, 2013
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123876942

About the Author

E.W. McAllister

E.W. McAllister has more than 50 years of experience in the pipeline industry as an engineer, administrator, and project manager. He has worked for Chevron Pipe Line Company and Gulf Pipe Line Company, and now runs his own engineering services consulting firm in Houston, TX, USA.

Affiliations and Expertise

Advisor, Houston, TX, USA

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  • KatieJohnson Mon Jan 21 2019

    Very helpful

    I am a gas design engineer. I only have to pull this book out every once in awhile, but when I do, it is very helpful.

  • Russell A. Mon Mar 19 2018

    Excellent book, sits on my

    Excellent book, sits on my desk as a reference. I very rarely need it, but when I do, I’m glad i’ve got it.