Advanced pipeline technology is envisioned that provides point-of-source leak detection and health monitoring of pipeline containment structures including cased pipes, and serge tanks. There is a need for advanced monitoring systems that have integrated sensor functionality to detect leak progression through containment walls, thinning of walls due to corrosion and erosion, as well as the breakdown and leakage of containment structure. The sensor laden containment structures are envisioned as being networked with the capability to communicate state-of-the-system status to distributed intelligent controllers that are themselves networked using a topography that does not rely upon a centralized supervisory controller having a single-point-of-failure vulnerability.
Proposals are sought to study, develop and demonstrate new point-of-source leak detection techniques and sensor networks for use in containment structures of hazardous material and gas transmission/distribution pipeline systems.
Expected Phase I outcomes:
Phase I activities may include research into micro sensing technology capable of being integrated at various locations within the pipeline transmission/distribution infrastructure; development of conceptual designs; definition of supporting network topography; and a proof-of-concept prototype to demonstrate the feasibility of a selected components within the integrated health monitoring pipeline system..
Additional activities in the Phase I report could include establishing whole solution costs, value calculations, detailed technical and market analysis of target applications, market research and analysis of additional potential applications. These activities are designed to provide justification towards a carry-on Phase II effort.
Expected Phase II outcomes:
Phase II efforts may include product prototyping, testing then designing and building deployable systems followed by analysis/testing in field environments.