Development of a Free-Swimming Acoustic Tool for Liquid Pipeline Leak Detection Including Evaluation for Natural Gas Pipeline Applications

The main objective of the proposed research is to leverage a free-swimming acoustic leak detection tool that is currently used in the water pipeline industry and further develop the device for application in oil product pipelines and evaluate its potential for natural gas pipelines. The target is to develop a device capable of detecting very small leaks (< 1 gpm) and further develop a software program to provide on-site evaluation of results to the end user. The goal is to have a commercially available device within a 24 month project duration.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $388332.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

    U.S. Department of Transportation
    East Building, 2nd Floor 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Rea, Dallas

  • Performing Organizations:

    Arizona State University, Phoenix

    Evaluation Research Team
    Phoenix, AZ  United States  85069
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ariaratnam, Samuel

  • Start Date: 20080601
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20101124
  • Source Data: RiP Project 35242

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01492455
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTPH56-08-T-000007
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2013 1:00AM