A real-time SWIR-image-based gas leak detection and localization system

A. Al Hosani, F. Alhmoudi, Mozah Almurshidi, Mahmoud Meribout

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In oil and gas fields, gas leakage is one of the major concerns, as it causes serious economical, safety, and health consequences. This requires a frequent and periodic inspections of all equipment which either store or transport gases, such as gas pipelines and gas storage tanks. In this paper, a real-time leak detection and localization system which can operate fully autonomously either in a drone or a mobile robot is suggested. The apparatus has the advantage of remotely detecting leaks even in case of humid weather, situation for which most recent leak detection systems such as Long wave Infrared (LWIR) and Medium wave IR (MWIR) fail. The system consists of a Short wave IR (SWIR) camera to remotely detect the existing of leaks even in case of humid weather or during the rain. In addition, the system is not sensitive to thermal radiations which is the case of LWIR and MIIR radiations. A CCD camera, together with a set of sensors that include an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and global positioning system (GPS) are used to accurately determine the location of the leak using image correlation and triangulation techniques. A series of extensive experimental tests demonstrate the capability of the system to detect different types of gas leaks for different scenarios. This leads to state that the suggested system can be a tangible alternative for next generation leak detection systems.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationInfrared Sensors, Devices, and Applications IX
EditorsPaul D. LeVan, Priyalal Wijewarnasuriya, Ashok K. Sood
ISBN (Electronic)9781510629516
StatePublished - 2019
EventInfrared Sensors, Devices, and Applications IX 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 14 Aug 201915 Aug 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceInfrared Sensors, Devices, and Applications IX 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


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