Embedded Passive RF Tags towards Intrinsically Locatable Buried Plastic Materials

Accurate and reliable locating, identifying and characterizing the buried plastic pipes from the ground surface in reducing the likelihood of hit them is critical and imperative to reduce the pipeline incidents. In this collaborative research, a new harmonic radar (frequency doubling) mechanism for smart RF tags design that can detect plastic pipes deeply buried in various soils conditions will be investigated, achieved through efficient tags and highly sensitive readers design, and coupled with intelligent signal processing. The proposed low-cost, small thin-film form passive RF tags can directly be embedded in plastic pipes. It will be able to withstand high temperature processing of plastics and stress involved with horizontal tunneling/drilling of buried pipes. The embedded RF tags have the capability to not only precisely locate the buried plastic pipes, but also have integrated sensing functionality, which can measure the strain-stress changes in the plastic materials. Finally, the vast amount of acquired sensing data from individual tags will be integrated to the advanced signal processing for better data categorization and mining. An innovative prognostics framework for better asset life-cycle management will be developed.

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTPH5615HCAP08L

  • 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:

    Buff, Arthur

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Colorado Denver

    Denver, Colorado  United States  80204
  • Principal Investigators:

    Deng, Yiming

  • Start Date: 20150930
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180929
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: Pipeline Safety Research
  • Subprogram: Pipeline Safety

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01674992
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTPH5615HCAP08L
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2018 1:57PM