Intrinsically Locatable Technology for Plastic Piping Systems

The objective is to develop and test a viable solution for intrinsically locatable polyethylene (PE) materials with an integral electronic marking system. The project will complete the development, define and test the electronic marker capability, validate the attachment design, and perform laboratory and field testing. Operations Technology Development, NFP (OTD) plans to partner with Gas Technology Institute (GTI), 3M Company, and a large pipe manufacturer for this project. 3M will develop the electronic markers and work with the pipe manufacturer to attach the marker to the PE pipe. GTI will provide third party testing and analysis of the developed system. Electronic markers are detectable passive devices that do not use any batteries. They include electrical or mechanical resonators. Resonators can be energized by an above-ground transceiver (or portable locator) which causes them to generate their own magnetic field at their resonant frequency. The precise location of a buried electronic marker is indicated by the portable locator's display and sound output. Marking buried plastic pipe with an electronic marker gives a unique detection signature for each utility by frequency selection, gives near continuous location detection of the pipe path, and allows the estimation of the depth to the pipe.

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $468118
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTPH5615T00019

  • 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:

    Nguyen, Hung

  • Performing Organizations:

    Operations Technology Development NFP

    1700 South Mount Prospect Road
    Des Plaines, IL  United States  60018
  • Principal Investigators:

    Droessler, Maureen

  • Start Date: 20150930
  • Expected Completion Date: 20170929
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: Pipeline Safety Research
  • Subprogram: Pipeline Safety

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01674998
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTPH5615T00019
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2018 3:41PM