Pipeline Rules of Thumb Handbook

Pipeline Rules of Thumb Handbook, 8th Edition

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

Pipeline Rules of Thumb Handbook, 8th Edition,E.W. McAllister,ISBN9780123876935


Gulf Professional Publishing




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Gain an in-depth understanding of key engineering principles associated with the more challenging aspects of pipeline operation and management.

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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


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 8th 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.


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

E.W. McAllister

Affiliations and Expertise

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.

Pipeline Rules of Thumb Handbook, 8th Edition

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



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