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Title: PORTABLE ACOUSTIC MONITORING PACKAGE (PAMP)

The 1st generation acoustic monitoring package was designed to detect and analyze weak acoustic signals inside natural gas transmission lines. Besides a microphone it housed a three-inch diameter aerodynamic acoustic signal amplifier to maximize sensitivity to leak induced {Delta}p type signals. The theory and test results of this aerodynamic signal amplifier was described in the master's degree thesis of our Research Assistant Deepak Mehra who is about to graduate. To house such a large three-inch diameter sensor required the use of a steel 300-psi rated 4 inch weld neck flange, which itself weighed already 29 pounds. The completed 1st generation Acoustic Monitoring Package weighed almost 100 pounds. This was too cumbersome to mount in the field, on an access port at a pipeline shut-off valve. Therefore a 2nd generation and truly Portable Acoustic Monitor was built. It incorporated a fully self-contained {Delta}p type signal sensor, rated for line pressures up to 1000 psi with a base weight of only 6 pounds. This is the Rosemont Inc. Model 3051CD-Range 0, software driven sensor, which is believed to have industries best total performance. Its most sensitive unit was purchased with a {Delta}p range from 0 to 3 inch water. This resulted inmore » the herein described 2nd generation: Portable Acoustic Monitoring Package (PAMP) for pipelines up to 1000 psi. Its 32-pound total weight includes an 18-volt battery. Together with a 3 pound laptop with its 4-channel data acquisition card, completes the equipment needed for field acoustic monitoring of natural gas transmission pipelines.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
822766
DOE Contract Number:
FC26-02NT41324
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1 Jul 2003
Research Org:
West Virginia University (US)
Sponsoring Org:
(US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
03 NATURAL GAS; 24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ACOUSTIC MONITORING; ACOUSTICS; AERODYNAMICS; AMPLIFIERS; DATA ACQUISITION; MONITORS; NATURAL GAS; PERFORMANCE; PIPELINES; POWER TRANSMISSION LINES; SENSITIVITY; STEELS; WATER