Direct imaging of natural gas leaks is the aim of this proposal. A portable imaging system will offer safety, environmental & economic benefits to the gas industry in locating leak sources, from both high & low-pressure mains, compared with currently available point measurement instrumentation. Our route towards this ambitious goal has three synergistic stages :
- (a) Passive IR imaging will be used to shoot videos of gas leaks in controlled conditions. This will improve our understanding of leak behaviour & will be supported by numerical models, enabling better instrument design & working practices.
(b) A remote laser pointer will be developed using novel DFB laser diodes to measure the spectral absorption of methane in the laser beam.
(c) Solid-state scanning & image processing will be examined in order to convert the pointer to an imaging system. Prototype instruments will be field tested in real-world conditions & with controlled leaks.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
LE13 0RG Melton Mowbray
10152 Torino (Turin)
801 76 Gaevle
G12 8QQ Glasgow