Pipeline Leak Detection and Location

by Chyr Pyng Liou, Univ of Idaho, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pipeline Design and Installation


A real time pipeline leak detection and location system has been developed. This system consists of a numerical model for transient flow, two sets of pressure and flow measurement equipment, a microcomputer, and a data acquisition board. Specific patterns of discrepancy between measured and computed head at pipe ends evolve when a small leak occurs. Usage of these patterns to identify and to locate the leak is explained. Laboratory results are presented to show the concept and the effectiveness of the system.

Subject Headings: Pipe leakage | Flow measurement | Flow simulation | Pressurized flow | Fluid flow | Transient flow | Computer models | Computer analysis

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