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dc.contributor.authorFarooqi, Owais Ehtishamen
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:41:11Zen
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:41:11Zen
dc.date.issued2006-05-19en
dc.identifier.otheretd-07072006-191236en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/33918en
dc.description.abstractPinhole leaks in copper plumbing pipes are a big concern for the homeowners. The problem is spread across the nation and remains a threat to plumbing systems of all ages. Due to the absence of a single acceptable mechanistic theory no preventive measure is available to date. Most of the present mechanistic theories are based on analysis of failed pipe samples however an objective comparison with other pipes that did not fail is seldom made. The variability in hydraulic and water quality parameters has made the problem complex and unquantifiable in terms of plumbing susceptibility to pinhole leaks. The present work determines the spatial and temporal spread of pinhole leaks across United States. The hotspot communities are identified based on repair histories and surveys. An assessment of variability in water quality is presented based on nationwide water quality data. A synthesis of causal factors is presented and a scoring system for copper pitting is developed using goal programming. A probabilistic model is presented to evaluate optimal replacement time for plumbing systems. Methodologies for mechanistic modeling based on corrosion thermodynamics and kinetics are presented.en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.relation.haspartOwaisEF_Thesis.pdfen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectgoal programmingen
dc.subjectPinhole leaksen
dc.subjectcopper pittingen
dc.subjecthome plumbingen
dc.subjectspatial and temporal patternsen
dc.subjectwater qualityen
dc.subjectcausality factorsen
dc.subjectprobabilistic modelingen
dc.subjectscoring systemen
dc.subjectoptimal replacementen
dc.subjectcorrosion modelingen
dc.titleAn Assessment and Modeling of Copper Plumbing pipe Failures due to Pinhole Leaksen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentCivil Engineeringen
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplineCivil Engineeringen
dc.contributor.committeechairLoganathan, G. V.en
dc.contributor.committeememberYounos, Tamimen
dc.contributor.committeememberBosch, Darrell J.en
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-07072006-191236/en
dc.date.sdate2006-07-07en
dc.date.rdate2009-08-15en
dc.date.adate2006-08-15en


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