Pipeline integrity evaluation of oil pipelines using free-swimming acoustic technology

Samuel Ariaratnam, Muthu Chandrasekaran

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Abstract

Significant financial and environmental consequences often result from line leakage of oil product pipelines. Product can escape into the surrounding soil as even the smallest leak can lead to rupture of the pipeline. From a health perspective, water supplies may be tainted by oil migrating into aquifers. A joint academic-industry research initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has lead to the development and refinement of a free-swimming tool called SmartBall®, which is capable of detecting leaks as small as 0.03 gpm in oil product pipelines. The tool swims through the pipeline being assessed and produces results at significantly reduced cost to the end user compared to current leak detection methods. GPS synchronized GIS-based above ground loggers capture low frequency acoustic signatures and digitally log the passage of the tool through a pipeline. This paper presents the development, laboratory and field validation testing of the SmartBall for oil pipeline integrity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Biennial International Pipeline Conference, IPC
Pages719-724
Number of pages6
Volume1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 8th International Pipeline Conference, IPC2010 - Calgary, AB, Canada
Duration: Sep 27 2010Oct 1 2010

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Other2010 8th International Pipeline Conference, IPC2010
CountryCanada
CityCalgary, AB
Period9/27/1010/1/10

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Oils
Pipelines
Acoustics
Hazardous Substances
Leak detection
Hazardous materials
Leakage (fluid)
Swimming
Aquifers
Water supply
Geographic information systems
Global positioning system
Health
Soils
Testing
Costs
Industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Chemistry

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Ariaratnam, S., & Chandrasekaran, M. (2010). Pipeline integrity evaluation of oil pipelines using free-swimming acoustic technology. In Proceedings of the Biennial International Pipeline Conference, IPC (Vol. 1, pp. 719-724) https://doi.org/10.1115/IPC2010-31489

Pipeline integrity evaluation of oil pipelines using free-swimming acoustic technology. / Ariaratnam, Samuel; Chandrasekaran, Muthu.

Proceedings of the Biennial International Pipeline Conference, IPC. Vol. 1 2010. p. 719-724.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Ariaratnam, S & Chandrasekaran, M 2010, Pipeline integrity evaluation of oil pipelines using free-swimming acoustic technology. in Proceedings of the Biennial International Pipeline Conference, IPC. vol. 1, pp. 719-724, 2010 8th International Pipeline Conference, IPC2010, Calgary, AB, Canada, 9/27/10. https://doi.org/10.1115/IPC2010-31489
Ariaratnam S, Chandrasekaran M. Pipeline integrity evaluation of oil pipelines using free-swimming acoustic technology. In Proceedings of the Biennial International Pipeline Conference, IPC. Vol. 1. 2010. p. 719-724 https://doi.org/10.1115/IPC2010-31489
Ariaratnam, Samuel ; Chandrasekaran, Muthu. / Pipeline integrity evaluation of oil pipelines using free-swimming acoustic technology. Proceedings of the Biennial International Pipeline Conference, IPC. Vol. 1 2010. pp. 719-724
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