Fundamentals of Crack Management (CS050F)

Fundamentals of Crack Management

This course will provide you with an understanding of how to produce a crack management plan for a pipeline and how you can implement the plan safely.

You will be able to explain the different types of cracks and crack-like defects in pipelines. You will also be able to identify methods to detect the differing cracks and to discuss the assessment methods.

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Your course at a glance


Course Availability

On request - contact us



8 hours 



Live, online session



Foundation level


Competency Standards

Satisfies the learning requirements for
Crack Management CS050F


What you will get

Certificate of completion, plus
Continued Professional Development hours

Course agenda

This course runs over two days and includes breaks and question and answer sessions (30 minutes per day). Additionally, you will have access to the following selected Tier 1 E-Learns prior the program start date: Crack Management (CS050A), Fracture Mechanics (CS032A), and Pipeline Defects Assessment (CS020A).


Day 1

Basic Concepts

  • Overview of cracking threats
  •  Examples of failures due to cracking

Understanding Potential Cracking Mechanisms

  • EAC & SCC
  • Fatigue
  • Manufacturing

Crack Assessment Recap

  • Overview of methods
  • Critical input data
  • Toughness – dealing with uncertainty
  • Overview of crack growth
  • Overview of complex assessments i.e., cracks in areas of additional stresses


Day 2

Introduction to How to Manage Cracking

  • Introduction to Crack Management Framework & standards
  • Diagnostic Solutions – introduction to crack ILI
  • Introduction to using Hydrotesting for crack management
  • Introduction to NDT
  • Uncertainties associated with integrity management of cracking

Managing the Threat

  • Prioritizing of key locations
  • Risk Assessment
  • Integrity management plan
  • Validating the results
  • Case study

 Stress Analysis Considerations

  • Model Construction
  • Boundary Conditions
  • Application: Applying Boundary Condition
  • Load Cases
  • Application: Defining Load Cases
  • Linear Analysis Limitations & Assumptions
  • Non-Linear Analysis
  • Buried Pipelines
  • Application: Spotting Problem

Meet your subject matter expert

Bruce Nestleroth

Bruce Nestleroth

Bruce Nestleroth has more than 35 years of nondestructive testing experience with a primary concentration on inspection technology to assess pipelines for potential defects. After earning his Ph.D. at Drexel University, he worked at Battelle for 26 years and then Kiefner for 7 years. He joined ROSEN as an Expert in 2021 with a primary on customer education; he is based in Columbus Ohio USA. Dr. Nestleroth has studied the capability and advanced the application of magnetic flux leakage, eddy current, ultrasonic, and electromagnetic acoustic transducer in-line inspection technology. Dr. Nestleroth has taught training courses and workshops on pipeline inspection technology and defect assessment since 1995. He serves on many committees developing technical standards for the pipeline industry.

Note: ROSEN reserves the right to cancel the course in case of an insufficient number of participants. For further detail see terms.