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

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:
OSTI Identifier:
1357512
Assignee:
UT-Battelle, LLC ORNL
Patent Number(s):
9,651,445
Application Number:
14/228,610
Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2014 Mar 28
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Other works cited in this record:

Detection of leaks in pipelines
patent, May 1995

PC multimedia-based leak detection system for water transmission and distribution pipes
patent, September 2002

Non-destructive testing of pipes
patent, January 2009

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

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patent-application, March 2012

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