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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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 315232

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2013

  • End date

    31 March 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 046 983,46

  • EU contribution

    € 809 813

Coordinated by:

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom

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.
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Coordinator

TWI LIMITED

Address

Granta Park Great Abington
Cb21 6al Cambridge

United Kingdom

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 70 355,57

Administrative Contact

Daniel Moss (Mr.)

Participants (7)

DRAXIS ENVIRONMENTAL S.A.

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 210 825,10

ASSIST SOFTWARE SRL

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 199 761,50

TANGENT TECHNOLOGIES LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 97 088,45

REPSOL SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 29 182,80

AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 28 291

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE LIMITED - INNOTECUK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 31 660,80

STIRLING DYNAMICS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 142 647,78

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 315232

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2013

  • End date

    31 March 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 046 983,46

  • EU contribution

    € 809 813

Coordinated by:

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom