Accession Number : ADA061492


Title :   Military Petroleum Pipeline Systems


Descriptive Note : Final rept.


Corporate Author : ARMY MOBILITY EQUIPMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND FORT BELVOIR VA


Personal Author(s) : Studebaker, Wayne E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a061492.pdf


Report Date : Jun 1978


Pagination or Media Count : 253


Abstract : The present Army capability to install, operate, and maintain petroleum product pipelines is examined in light of current commercial pipeline technology and projections of fuel consumption for combat units in the event of future hostilities. The objective of this investigation is to provide a measure of effectiveness for and determine the technical feasibility of alternative pipeline systems operating as subsystems in a large logistical system for distribution of fuels in a theater of operations during wartime conditions. A broad array of pipe materials, pipe joining techniques, pumping equipment, ancillary pipeline components, and system designs are evaluated. The findings indicate that substantive improvement in the operational effectiveness of military pipeline can be achieved using aluminum pipe and self-latching mechanical couplings in lieu of the existing military standard lightweight steel pipe joined by grooved-end, split-ring mechanical couplings. High-speed, medium- duty, diesel-engine-driven pump units are recommended for all pipeline pump station applications. Flexible hoselines are not an efficient or cost effective means for transporting large volumes of fuel over long distances.


Descriptors :   *PIPELINES , *PETROLEUM PRODUCTS , DIESEL ENGINES , LOGISTICS SUPPORT , THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS , SYSTEMS ENGINEERING , TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER , STEEL , ALUMINUM , MILITARY APPLICATIONS , FUEL CONSUMPTION , COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT , JOINING , PUMPS , COUPLERS


Subject Categories : Pumps, Filters, Pipes, Tubing, Fittings & Vlvs
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE