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Title: Fluid pipeline leak detection and location with miniature RF tags

Abstract

Sensors locate troublesome leaks in pipes or conduits that carry a flowing medium. These sensors, through tailored physical and geometric properties, preferentially seek conduit leaks or breaches due to flow streaming. The sensors can be queried via transceivers outside the conduit or located and interrogated inside by submersible unmanned vehicle to identify and characterize the nature of a leak. The sensors can be functionalized with other capabilities for additional leak and pipeline characterization if needed. Sensors can be recovered from a conduit flow stream and reused for future leak detection activities.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1357512
Patent Number(s):
9651445
Application Number:
14/228,610
Assignee:
UT-Battelle, LLC
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G01 - MEASURING G01M - TESTING STATIC OR DYNAMIC BALANCE OF MACHINES OR STRUCTURES
G - PHYSICS G06 - COMPUTING G06K - RECOGNITION OF DATA
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2014 Mar 28
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

McIntyre, Timothy J. Fluid pipeline leak detection and location with miniature RF tags. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
McIntyre, Timothy J. Fluid pipeline leak detection and location with miniature RF tags. United States.
McIntyre, Timothy J. Tue . "Fluid pipeline leak detection and location with miniature RF tags". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1357512.
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patent, May 1995


Non-destructive testing of pipes
patent, January 2009


Leak locator
patent, April 2009


Duct leakage control
patent-application, August 2003


Device for in-line measurement of properties of fluid flows in pipeline systems
patent-application, February 2004


Apparatus and methods for remote monitoring of flow conduits
patent-application, October 2004


Detection of Unplanned Waste Stream Diversion Using RFIDs
patent-application, September 2009


Leak and contamination detection micro-submarine
patent-application, March 2010


Transport And Analysis Device For Use In A Borehole
patent-application, October 2011


Delivery Method And Compositions
patent-application, March 2012