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Title: Methods for detecting and locating leaks in containment facilities using electrical potential data and electrical resistance tomographic imaging techniques

Abstract

Methods are provided for detecting and locating leaks in liners used as barriers in the construction of landfills, surface impoundments, water reservoirs, tanks, and the like. Electrodes are placed in the ground around the periphery of the facility, in the leak detection zone located between two liners if present, and/or within the containment facility. Electrical resistivity data is collected using these electrodes. This data is used to map the electrical resistivity distribution beneath the containment liner between two liners in a double-lined facility. In an alternative embodiment, an electrode placed within the lined facility is driven to an electrical potential with respect to another electrode placed at a distance from the lined facility (mise-a-la-masse). Voltage differences are then measured between various combinations of additional electrodes placed in the soil on the periphery of the facility, the leak detection zone, or within the facility. A leak of liquid though the liner material will result in an electrical potential distribution that can be measured at the electrodes. The leak position is located by determining the coordinates of an electrical current source pole that best fits the measured potentials with the constraints of the known or assumed resistivity distribution. 6 figs.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
University of California
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
527742
Patent Number(s):
5,661,406
Application Number:
PAN: 8-534,620
Assignee:
Leak Location Services, Inc., San Antonio, TX (United States) PTO; SCA: 540220; PA: EDB-97:127125; SN: 97001843773
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 26 Aug 1997
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; LINERS; LEAK TESTING; LEAK DETECTORS; SANITARY LANDFILLS; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; ELECTRIC POTENTIAL

Citation Formats

Daily, W.D., Laine, D.L., and Laine, E.F. Methods for detecting and locating leaks in containment facilities using electrical potential data and electrical resistance tomographic imaging techniques. United States: N. p., 1997. Web.
Daily, W.D., Laine, D.L., & Laine, E.F. Methods for detecting and locating leaks in containment facilities using electrical potential data and electrical resistance tomographic imaging techniques. United States.
Daily, W.D., Laine, D.L., and Laine, E.F. Tue . "Methods for detecting and locating leaks in containment facilities using electrical potential data and electrical resistance tomographic imaging techniques". United States.
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abstractNote = {Methods are provided for detecting and locating leaks in liners used as barriers in the construction of landfills, surface impoundments, water reservoirs, tanks, and the like. Electrodes are placed in the ground around the periphery of the facility, in the leak detection zone located between two liners if present, and/or within the containment facility. Electrical resistivity data is collected using these electrodes. This data is used to map the electrical resistivity distribution beneath the containment liner between two liners in a double-lined facility. In an alternative embodiment, an electrode placed within the lined facility is driven to an electrical potential with respect to another electrode placed at a distance from the lined facility (mise-a-la-masse). Voltage differences are then measured between various combinations of additional electrodes placed in the soil on the periphery of the facility, the leak detection zone, or within the facility. A leak of liquid though the liner material will result in an electrical potential distribution that can be measured at the electrodes. The leak position is located by determining the coordinates of an electrical current source pole that best fits the measured potentials with the constraints of the known or assumed resistivity distribution. 6 figs.},
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