The Open Civil Engineering Journal


ISSN: 1874-1495 ― Volume 11, 2017

Event Tree Analysis of Xinda Oil Pipeline Leakage Based on Fuzzy Set Theory



Di Wang1, *, Enbin Liu1, Liyu Huang2
1 Oil and Natural Gas Engineering College, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, 610500 China
2 PetroChina Southwest Pipeline Company, Chengdu, 601213 China

Abstract

Event tree is a logical analysis of probability for outcome events by initiating event and probable subsequent events. However, the evaluation of every single event may contain vague information or cannot be described by a crisp number of probabilities in application. So this paper aims to develop an event tree by using fuzzy set theory with a combination of triangle membership function and trapezoidal membership function to quantify the vagueness of information and calculate the outcome probability. Through the analysis of an oil pipeline leakage accident, the method provided is fully used and the expansion of accident can be tracked through different paths of event tree.

Keywords: Event tree, Fuzzy model, Oil pipeline, Outcome event probability.


Article Information


Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2017
Volume: 11
First Page: 101
Last Page: 108
Publisher Id: TOCIEJ-11-101
DOI: 10.2174/1874149501711010101

Article History:

Received Date: 15/9/2016
Revision Received Date: 02/12/2016
Acceptance Date: 19/12/2016
Electronic publication date: 31/01/2017
Collection year: 2017

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* Address correspondence to this author at the Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, China; Tel: +86-135-480-15217; E-mail: wangdee13@outlook.com




1. INTRODUCTION

Event tree analysis is a predictive method of pipeline integration management, which is originated from the atomic field and expands to the application of chemical and engineering field in recent years [1G.K. Beim, and B.F Hobbs, "Event tree analysis of lock closure risks", J. Water Res. Plan. Manage., vol. ASCE 123, pp. 137-198, 1997.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9496(1997)123:3(169)]
]. It is structured from an initiating event and developed by a branch of probable subsequent events via logical language, such as Yes/No(Y/N), success/failure [2Q. Chen, J. Qian, Z. Yuan, and L. Huang, "Environmental risk source management system for the petrochemical industry", Process Saf. Environ. Prot., vol. 92, pp. 251-260, 2014.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psep.2013.01.004]
, 4AIChE, Guidelines for Chemical Process Quantitative Risk Analysis, 2nd ed. Wiley & Sons, Inc.: New York, 2000.]. To establish an event tree, the very first step is to choose a proper initiating event, which can be set by a comparison of several potential events and plays an important role in the following process of analysis [3E-S. Hong, I-M. Lee, H-S. Shin, S-W. Nam, and J-S. Kong, "Quantitative risk evaluation based on event tree analysis techniques: Application to the design of shield TBM", Tunn. Undergr. Space Technol., vol. 24, pp. 269-277, 2009.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tust.2008.09.004]
]. Then each outcome event probability can be calculated through different developing paths. In the field, traditional method is to provide the crisp number of probability for each event, which demands a large amount of statistics. However, information of probability is not only affected by environmental factors but also the quality of data [5H. Agarwal, E.j. Renaud, and L.E. Peston, "Uncertainty quantification using evidence theory in multidisciplinary design optimization", Reliab. Eng. Syst. Saf., vol. 85, pp. 281-294, 2004. [Publisher Elsevier].
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ress.2004.03.017]
, 6R.B. Druschel, M. Ozbek, and G. Pinder, "Application of Dempster-Shafer theory to hydraulic conductivity", In: CMWR-XVI Conference Program, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2006.]. For instance, both vagueness of information and evaluations from empirical experience could influence the data quality [7L.A. Zadeh, "Fuzzy sets", Infor. Contrl., vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 338-353, 1965.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0019-9958(65)90241-X]
], such as multi-expert knowledge. Besides, the complexity of pipeline system, compartmentalization of structure as well as mechanism of progressive collapse from initiating event would also affect the amendment of theoretical treatment and approaches for quantifying the indices [8U. Starossek, "Typology of progressive collapse", Eng. Struct., vol. 29, pp. 2302-2307, 2007.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2006.11.025]
-10C. Cennamo, B. Chiaia, V. Biagi, and L. Placidi, "Monitoring and compartmentalized structures", Zamm J. Appl. Math. Mech. Zeitschrift F[UNKNOWN ENTITY &udie;]r Angewandte Mathematik Und Mechanik, vol. 95, pp. 638-648, 2014.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/zamm.201300091]
]. Therefore, there is a great call for a new qualitative analysis and fuzzy set theory is introduced to establish a bridge between qualitative analysis and probability approaches. By substituting qualitative evaluation of an event into certain fuzzy model, quantitative description can be obtained with uniform. Through de-fuzzy model, the possibility of each branch of the event tree is analyzed. This paper would focus on the development of event tree with an example of oil leakage accident based on the fuzzy model. With insufficient field data, qualitative evaluation from experts plays a significant role in analyzing the causes of event.

2. FUZZY SET THEORY

2.1. Membership Function

To deal with the uncertainties, qualitative evaluation can be transformed into membership function, which describes the variation of uncertainties. Due to the linear relation of coordinates, membership function includes many types. For the convenience of calculation, triangle membership function and trapezoidal membership function are widely used in fuzzy model analysis [11C. Jin, Y. Lin, and Z. Ji, "Application of event tree analysis based on fuzzy sets in risk analysis", J. Dalian Univ. Technol., vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 97-100, 2003. [in Chinese with English abstract], 12L. Tan, and C. Liu, "The application of the fault tree method based on fuzzy mathematic in the earth-rock dam risk assessment", Jilin Dyn, vol. 2, pp. 1-4, 2012. [in Chinese with English abstract]]. As for triangle membership function , it can be shown as follows:

(1)

For trapezoidal function , it can be shown as follows:

(2)

2.2. α-cut Level

α-cut level is introduced to determine the degree of membership function. For any , if , then Aα is called the α-cut level of membership function A. In triangle membership and trapezoidal membership function, α-cut level can be demonstrated as . Besides, the calculation of two α-cut level function, such as and , can be shown as follows:

(3)

2.3. De-fuzzy Membership Function

After unifying the membership function on fuzzy scale, de-fuzzification quantifies the evaluation. For traditional method, trapezoidal integration is used to de-fuzzy the membership function fL(x) and fR(x), while this paper conducts Simpson method [13Q.Y. Li, N.C. Wang, and D.Y. Yi, Numerical Analysis, 5th ed. Tsinghua University Press, 2008. [in Chinese with English abstract]] which performs high efficiency with three-order precision. The method is shown as follows:

(4)

Where nλ and mλ is lower and upper bound of membership function, and .

3. DEVELOPING AN EVENT TREE BASED ON FUZZY SET THEORY

Due to the absence of present data or tracking record, it is usually difficult to determine the crisp number of probability for each event, thus qualitative analysis is the only available access to describe the probability of each event, such as multi-expert knowledge based on empirical experience and present research. In order to transform the linguistic language into the fuzzy set, seven qualitative grades membership function, including triangle membership function and trapezoidal membership function, are introduced to describe the probability of each event, which is very low (VL), low (L), fairly low (FL), medium (M), fairly high (FH), high (H) and very high (VH) respectively as shown in Fig. (1).

Fig. (1)
Mapping linguistic variables on fuzzy scale.


From each description for a certain event at different probability, α-cut level of membership function can be written as:

(5)

For a certain event, evaluation varies depending on different expert knowledge. Therefore, based on the expertise in the field, a belief mass factor is used to weight the reliability of each expert among others. By multiplying the mass factor and probability, comprehensive evaluation for an event could be obtained, namely . Where Pi means the comprehensive evaluation for event i, wij means the evaluation from expert j for the event i.

To determine the belief mass factor, Xie et al. [14Z.W. Xie, C. Wu, and X.Y. Liang, "Fuzzy event tree analysis of cooking fume fire accident", Fire Safety Sci., vol. 18, pp. 10-13, 2009. [in Chinese with English abstract]] applies judging matrix method to analyze the fume duct fire accident, where 1 to 9 (as shown in Table 1) is used to describe the relative importance of reliability between two experts.

Table 1
1~9 scale method.


Establish the judging matrix based on Table 1, and determine the degree of reliability for each expert , where . Then calculate the average value of each row, which can be expressed as , (i = 1,2,3,.....,n), and consequently belief mass factor can be concluded as .

4. OIL PIPELINE LEAKAGE-AN EXAMPLE OF EVENT TREE ANALYSIS

Pipeline accidents bring huge damage not only to personnel safety but also public infrastructure and domestic economy. In 2014, the potential hazards of oil and gas pipeline in China amounts to 30,000 [15"Up till the end of may this year hidden hazards for oil and gas pipeline amounts to nearly 30,000 in our country", 2015. Available at: http://www.zgswcn.com/2015/0310/595070.shtml [in Chinese with English abstract]], especially the aging problem [16H. Wang, Q. Zhu, and Y. Zhang, "Overview of oil and gas pipeline in the world", Oil Gas Stor. Trans., vol. 1, pp. 15-18, 2015. [in Chinese with English abstract]] of pipeline in service which aggravates the risk of accidents. Therefore, it is of great significance to motivate the pipeline integration management. For example, a typical accident happened on 30th, June 2014 along dalian Xinda pipeline of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), due to the crude oil leakage. By establishing an event tree of the accident, this paper roots reasons for the accident and figures out probability of outcome event along different paths of the tree based on fuzzy set theory.

Fig. (2)
Event tree of Dalian “6.30” Xinda crude oil leakage.


4.1. Developing an Event Tree

According to the real situation of the accident, choose the proper initiating event. Lin et al. [17C.T. Lin, and M.J. Wang, "Hybrid fault tree analysis using fuzzy sets", Reliab. Eng. Syst. Saf., vol. 58, pp. 205-213, 1997.
[http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0951-8320(97)00072-0]
] and Li et al. [18J. Li, Y. Zhu, and G. Chen, "Comparative analysis on emergency management for leakage explosion accidents of urban oil and gas pipeline", J. Safety Sci. Technol., vol. 10, no. 8, pp. 11-15, 2014. [in Chinese with English abstract]] explore potential initiating events via accident-causing theory and three basic elements of ignition, and chooses the chaos municipal construction as the proper initiating event. Based on the field investigation, the explosion was initiated between the municipal pipe and oil pipe, which could result from the chaos municipal construction and the leakage of crude oil into sewage pipe. During the explosion, the fire alert and security signals could also be a factor for efficient evacuation, or it would not cause that many deaths in record. After explosion, whether the emergence response from related departments reacted in times is doubtful. Therefore, based on the analysis, the event tree is constructed as shown in Fig. (2):

Where, A1 represents chaos municipal construction of pipeline through densely populated area, A2 represents the lack of security signals, A3 represents operation without legal permission, A4 represents crude oil invading municipal sewage pipeline, A5 represents emergency response of related department, including evacuation of the crowed.

As for the outcome events, S0 represents the potential risk of accidents due to the chaos municipal construction, S1 represents accelerating risk during construction and operation due to unidentified signals and absence of reminder, S2 represents mistaken operation on directional drilling contributing to pipeline leakage, S3 represents mutual interference between crude oil pipe and municipal pipe, which would easily form confined space and reach explosion limits, S4 represents evacuation of the crowd and elimination of potential risk which minimizes the loss of accident.

4.2. Probabilities of Outcome Events

Before determine the probability of each outcome event, we need to collect the evaluation of multi-expert knowledge about each event. Then turn the evaluation into membership function based on fuzzy set theory. In this paper, opinions are collected from five experts, who work in the multiphase flow and fluid simulation department of State Key Lab of Southwest Petroleum University with more than twenty-year field experience (expert 1 works on the leakage inspection of pipeline, expert 2 is expertise in simulation of multiphase fluid during transportation, expert 3 is the material expert for X60~X80, expert 4 focuses on integration management while expert 5 is the lab instructor for crude oil). The belief mass between each two experts is assigned with respect to their related experience. For example, expert 1 has more field experience of leakage inspection, compared with expert 2~4, so that his opinions are especially important when analyzing the municipal construction of crude oil pipeline. Therefore, compared with expert 2-4 with experience on simulation, material and management, the relative degree of reliability is assigned as 4,3,3 respectively. Then, calculate the first row as , followed by m2 = 1.25, m3 = 0.88, m4 = 0.92 and m5 = 0.60. So .

According to relative reliability of each expert, the belief mass is determined, shown in Table 2:

Table 2
Belief mass of each expert.


Based on the filed evaluation on exploded oil pipe and principle of HSE management, qualitative opinions are made. Before referring to membership function, here comes the multi-expert knowledge about each event along the event tree, shown in Table 3:

Table 3
Evaluation of each event from different experts.


For event Pλa1, the comprehensive evaluation of all the experts is demonstrated as follows:

Thus,

This method also goes for other events, which are shown as follows:

According to Simpson calculation method, calculate the probability of each event as shown in Table 4.

Table 4
Probability of each event.


Therefore, the outcome probability can be calculated as shown in Table 5, along different paths of event tree:

Table 5
Probability of outcome event.


5. DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

Seeing from the results, probability of event A4 (crude oil invading municipal sewage pipeline) ranks the top among all the other events which accounts for 0.524, followed by the event A5 (emergency response of related department). Besides, all the outcome events belong to small probability events with each probability of less than 0.1. In accordance, the potential risk of accidents due to the chaos municipal construction ranks the top.

Tracking the failure path of Dalian “6.30” Xinda crude oil leakage of CNPC, the immediate cause of the accident is the mistaken operation of directional drilling by the construction team at the densely populated area without legal permission. However, it is because of the ignorance of potential risk as event A4, A2, A1 indicates, once the initiating event happens, the whole event soon expanded following the path A1-A2-A3-A4. Fortunately, the emergency response reacted in time and minimized the loss, the path finally follows A1-A2-A3-A4-A5.

CONCLUSION

This paper establishes an event tree analysis on fuzzy set theory and does pipeline integration management by comparing the results with the real situation of accident. In accordance with related membership function, multi-expert knowledge is quantified to calculate the outcome probability along the different paths. As the result shows, probability of event A4 (crude oil invading municipal sewage pipeline) ranks the top among all the other events, which commensurate the investigation that the explosion between oil pipe and municipal pipe in the field. Although the probability of each outcome event belongs to small probability event, the ignorance of potential risk could cause the accident, which is initiated by mistaken operation of construction team.

By analyzing the accident and emergency response of Dalian “6.30” Xinda crude oil leakage of CNPC, several conclusions can be drawn as follows:

  1. Prevent the accident from the source, and eliminate the factors motivating the initiating event.
  2. Increase the damage tolerance of the system by adding the complexity and robustness for pipeline system.
  3. Once initiating event happens, prevent the expansion of the subsequent events or direct the path of events to minimize the loss.
  4. Conduct pipeline integration management for the system in service.
  5. Set reasonable municipal construction plan of the network system.
  6. Enforce HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) management to the staffs and training before operation.

However, the event tress analysis is a predictable method to evaluate pipeline system, so that after accident happens, event tree analysis would not be predictable, while it could act as a statistical reference for setting the proper initiating event and potential subsequent events and as a comparison with the real situation.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The authors confirm that this article content has no conflict of interest.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Declared none.

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