A new concept for an effective leak detection in multiphase fluid pipelines

Mahmoud Meribout, Mohamed Abdu Galeel, Mohamed Al Marzouqi, Marwan Abu Aasi

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to present a secure wireless sensor network-based infrastructure for fast and accurate detection of eventual leaks that might occur in multiphase pipelines (i.e., pipelines which carry simultaneously more than one fluid). The system is scalable to monitor long distances of pipelines. It consists of a newly designed low cost pipeline set which is composed of an inner pipe that carries the multiphase fluid, surrounded by a second outer pipe that holds the leak detection unit. This latest comprises an air-ultrasonic sensor which continuously senses the leak and a wireless sensor module which performs control, signal processing, and transmission tasks. Hence, the second contribution of the paper is to provide a new secure and reliable communication protocol that takes into consideration the nature of the network in terms of packets patterns and hardware constraints of the communicating nodes. Online tests on a laboratory scale flow loop indicate that the system is capable to accurately determine the location of the leak and its rate (in l/min) in fast response time for different scenarios of leaks. Furthermore, the power consumption of the leak detection unit has been proven to be small enough for different frequencies of transmission of the burst of the ultrasonic waves.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationProceedings - 1st International Conference on Sensor Device Technologies and Applications, SENSORDEVICES 2010
Pages206-210
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Event1st International Conference on Sensor Device Technologies and Applications, SENSORDEVICES 2010 - Venice, Italy
Duration: 18 Jul 201025 Jul 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings - 1st International Conference on Sensor Device Technologies and Applications, SENSORDEVICES 2010

Conference

Conference1st International Conference on Sensor Device Technologies and Applications, SENSORDEVICES 2010
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityVenice
Period18/07/1025/07/10

Keywords

  • Leak detection
  • Security protocol
  • Ultrasonic sensor
  • Wireless sensor network

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