Development of an AMR Eddy Current-Based Crack Detection Sensor for the Live Inspection of UnPiggable Natural Gas Transmission Pipelines

This is a project for the development, laboratory testing, field testing and commercialization of an Anisotropic Magneto Resistive (AMR)-based eddy current (EC)-sensor system for the live, in-line crack inspection of piggable and unpiggable natural gas pipelines. The sensor incorporates an eddy current based technology, developed by RMD Inc., that can be integrated onto the Explorer 6/8 robotic platform (6" - 8" pipelines), which was developed with PHMSA cofunding and commercialized in 2010 by NYSEARCH and Invodane Engineering (through Pipetel Technologies, the commmercial service company of Invodane Engineering). NYSEARCH is currently partnering with RMD Inc. to develop the basic sensory technology, which will be integrated into the Explorer 6/8 in this proposed phase. While the proposed crack sensor will be built for the 6" - 8" pipe size range, the design is expected to be easily scalable to platforms for other pipe sizes (smaller and larger). This work will be conducted by a team consisting of NYSEARCH, RMD Inc., and Invodane Engineering. The proposed project will require 27 months and will be completed with the commercialization of the technology.

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $905791
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTPH5615T00013

  • 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
  • Managing 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:

    Smallcomb, Robert

  • Performing Organizations:

    Northeast Gas Association

    New York, New York  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    D'Zurko, Daphne

  • Start Date: 20150930
  • Expected Completion Date: 20171229
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: Pipeline Safety Research
  • Subprogram: Pipeline Safety

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01674989
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTPH5615T00013
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2018 1:30PM