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High Temperature Pipe Structural Health Monitoring System utilising Phased Array probes on TOFD configuration

Objective

Uncertainties in the calculation of the lifetime of superheated steam pipes in power plants that contain a minor defect create situations with potentially catastrophic results, typically costing €120 million per event. Superheated steam pipes are periodically inspected and depending on their defects sizes they may be replaced after a lifetime assessment has been performed. Common errors in defect sizing create dangerous situations as size underestimation will result in a pipe prone to failure. Inetec and Enkon, often face this difficult issue when performing inspections for their customers, thus the need for a frequent in-service and accurate monitoring of defects on pipes was identified.
The final goal of the HotPhasedArray project is the development of a Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) system for superheated steam pipes. The expected benefits of the project are:
• Increased safety in electrical production power plants;
• Elimination of catastrophic accidents from superheated steam pipe failures;
• Decrease of the required shut-down time for inspection purposes;
• Projected Return on Investment of 101:1 from system sales and operator savings; and Increase in confidence in the operational safety of thermal power and nuclear energy plants.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/power engineering

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

INETEC-INSTITUT ZA NUKLEARNU TEHNOLOGIJU DRUSTVO S OGRANICENOM ODGOVORNOSCU ZA ISTRAZIVACKO RAZVOJNE I KONSULTING USLUGE, PROIZVODNJU I TRGOVINU
Address
Dolenica 28 Lucko
10 250 Zagreb
Croatia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 223 731,93
Administrative Contact
Martina Fabijan (Ms.)

Participants (7)

TECNITEST INGENIEROS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 198 946,25
Address
Calle Ciudad De Frias 1-Nave 4
28021 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rafael Gaitero (Mr.)
VERMON SA
France
EU contribution
€ 235 607,32
Address
Rue General Renault 180
37000 Tours
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
An Nguyen-Dinh (Mr.)
ENKON ENDUSTRIYEL KONTROL KAYNAK SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 221 570
Address
Kuzey Sahil Yolu Lodos St.
34903
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mustafa Cakmak (Mr.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 39 562,99
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE LIMITED - INNOTECUK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 35 615,01
Address
Hildersham Road North Wing The Old Livery
CB21 6DR Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hassam Ali Miabhoy (Mr.)
AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 18 990
Address
L Kiphisias 116 Kai Davaki 1
11526 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aikaterini Fotopoulou (Ms.)
CERAMTEC GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 22 976,50
Address
Ceramtec Platz 1-9
73207 Plochingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-Jürgen Schreiner (Dr.)