This paper describes the use of the second-order polynomial dynamic linear model (DLM) to characterize the growth of the depth of corrosion defects on energy pipelines using imperfect data obtained from multiple high-resolution in-line inspections (ILI). The growth model is formulated by incorporating the general form of the measurement error (including the biases and random scattering error) of the ILI tools as well as the correlations between the random scattering errors of different tools. The temporal variability of the corrosion growth is captured by allowing the average growth rate between two successive inspections to vary with time. The Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulation is employed to carry out the Bayesian updating of the growth model and evaluate the posterior distributions of the model parameters. An example involving real ILI data collected from an in-service natural gas pipeline is employed to illustrate and validate the growth model. The analysis results show that the defect depths predicted by the proposed model agree well with the actual depths and are more accurate than those predicted by the Gamma process-based growth models reported in the literature.

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