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Title: A Cost Effective Multi-Spectral Scanner for Natural Gas Detection

Abstract

The objective of this project is to design, fabricate and field demonstrate a cost effective, multi-spectral scanner for natural gas leak detection in transmission and distribution pipelines. During the first year of the project, a laboratory version of the multi-spectral scanner was designed, fabricated, and tested at EnUrga Inc. The multi-spectral scanner was also evaluated using a blind DoE study at RMOTC. The performance of the scanner was inconsistent during the blind DoE study. However, most of the leaks were outside the view of the multi-spectral scanner. Therefore, a definite evaluation of the capability of the scanner was not obtained. Despite the results, sufficient number of plumes was detected fully confirming the feasibility of the multi-spectral scanner. During the second year, the optical design of the scanner was changed to improve the sensitivity of the system. Laboratory tests show that the system can reliably detect small leaks (20 SCFH) at 30 to 50 feet. Electronic and mechanical design of the scanner to make it a self standing sensor was completed during the last six months of the project. The prototype scanner was tested with methane leaks at 15 feet and 30 feet, at a flow rate of 25 SCFH. Themore » prototype scanner successfully detected the leaks. This concluded the project.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
En Urga Inc.
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
861642
DOE Contract Number:  
FC26-03NT41857
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
03 NATURAL GAS; DESIGN; DETECTION; DISTRIBUTION; EVALUATION; FLOW RATE; METHANE; NATURAL GAS; PERFORMANCE; PIPELINES; PLUMES; PROGRESS REPORT; SENSITIVITY

Citation Formats

Sivathanu, Yudaya, Lim, Jongmook, Narayanan, Vinoo, and Park, Seonghyeon. A Cost Effective Multi-Spectral Scanner for Natural Gas Detection. United States: N. p., 2005. Web. doi:10.2172/861642.
Sivathanu, Yudaya, Lim, Jongmook, Narayanan, Vinoo, & Park, Seonghyeon. A Cost Effective Multi-Spectral Scanner for Natural Gas Detection. United States. doi:10.2172/861642.
Sivathanu, Yudaya, Lim, Jongmook, Narayanan, Vinoo, and Park, Seonghyeon. Wed . "A Cost Effective Multi-Spectral Scanner for Natural Gas Detection". United States. doi:10.2172/861642. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/861642.
@article{osti_861642,
title = {A Cost Effective Multi-Spectral Scanner for Natural Gas Detection},
author = {Sivathanu, Yudaya and Lim, Jongmook and Narayanan, Vinoo and Park, Seonghyeon},
abstractNote = {The objective of this project is to design, fabricate and field demonstrate a cost effective, multi-spectral scanner for natural gas leak detection in transmission and distribution pipelines. During the first year of the project, a laboratory version of the multi-spectral scanner was designed, fabricated, and tested at EnUrga Inc. The multi-spectral scanner was also evaluated using a blind DoE study at RMOTC. The performance of the scanner was inconsistent during the blind DoE study. However, most of the leaks were outside the view of the multi-spectral scanner. Therefore, a definite evaluation of the capability of the scanner was not obtained. Despite the results, sufficient number of plumes was detected fully confirming the feasibility of the multi-spectral scanner. During the second year, the optical design of the scanner was changed to improve the sensitivity of the system. Laboratory tests show that the system can reliably detect small leaks (20 SCFH) at 30 to 50 feet. Electronic and mechanical design of the scanner to make it a self standing sensor was completed during the last six months of the project. The prototype scanner was tested with methane leaks at 15 feet and 30 feet, at a flow rate of 25 SCFH. The prototype scanner successfully detected the leaks. This concluded the project.},
doi = {10.2172/861642},
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place = {United States},
year = {2005},
month = {12}
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