The annual prize recognised Cranfield’s significant contribution to innovation in land-based pipeline technology.
Cranfield’s entry was based on a new welding process of dual-tandem narrow groove pipeline welding, known as ‘CAPS’ – Cranfield Automated Pipeline welding System – for applications to pipeline girth welding.
David Yapp of Cranfield’s Welding Engineering Research Centre said: ‘We are extremely pleased to have been recognised for our work in this field, which follows on from the award we won in 2003 for welding high strength pipeline steels. The development of tandem and dual tandem welding has been a key area of our research over the last 10 years and this award exemplifies the high level of research undertaken at Cranfield and the importance of this work in industry.’
According to the main sponsors of this research, BP and TransCanada, the CAPS system offers substantial cost savings. The technology has already been transferred to several commercial pipeline and welding companies, and is now commercially available as a standard product.