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In-Line Service For Internal Inspection Of Unpiggable Buried Oil Pipelines Using Long Range Ultrasound Guided Waves In Fifty Metre Segments

Objective

This proposal will aim to develop the enabling technology that will enable existing pipe crawling robots (pigs) to provide internal inspection of pipe walls using long range ultrasound guided waves (LRUG) deployed in pipe segments of about fifty metre length.

The aim is to perform total volume inspection far more rapidly, accurately and cheaply than is presently achieved with magnetic and ultrasonic pigs by developing a circumferential collar of LRUG sensors and novel time reversal focussing to produce a map of the circumferential and axial pipe corrosion and cracks. As LRUG sensors detect all significant corrosion in oil and gas pipelines within typically 50 metre of the sensors in a few milliseconds, long lengths of pipe can be scanned very rapidly with sample wave echo patterns obtained only every 50 metres thereby data storage requirements will be orders of magnitude less than present inspection methods. The speed of travel through the pipe could thus be faster than pigs that gather data with ultrasonic compression probes.

To test the technology developed by the project, the LRUG collar will be deployed initially by a mechanism to pull the collar through a pipe full of water at different constant and also varying speeds.

A prototype robot will be developed that is intrinsically safe for operation in explosive environments and that is lightweight (neutrally buoyant) to investigate how best to deploy the LRUG technology in a real pipeline with faster travel and cheaper robots.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 70 355,57
Administrative Contact
Daniel Moss (Mr.)

Participants (7)

DRAXIS ENVIRONMENTAL SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 210 825,10
Address
Themistokli Sofouli Str 54-56
54655 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ioanna Pavlou (Ms.)
ASSIST SOFTWARE SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 199 761,50
Address
Strada Tipografiei 1
720043 Suceava
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gheorghe David (Mr.)
TANGENT TECHNOLOGIES LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 97 088,45
Address
High Street 46-48A
SL1 7JP Burnham Buckinghamshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carol Clegg (Ms.)
REPSOL SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 29 182,80
Address
Calle Mendez Alvaro 44
28045 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ramón Peña (Mr.)
AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 28 291
Address
Leoforos Kifisias 340
15451 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Xenia Bania (Mrs.)
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE LIMITED - INNOTECUK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 31 660,80
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
Harvinder Johal (Mr.)
STIRLING DYNAMICS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 142 647,78
Address
Regent Street 26 Clifton
BS8 4HG Bristol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simon Waring (Mr.)