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Smart Pipeline Network - Pipe & Repair Sensor System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-12-C-10049
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-12-C-10049
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 121PH2
Solicitation Number: DTRT5712RSBIR1
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-07-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-07-26
Small Business Information
511 East Colfax Avenue
South Bend, IN 46617-
United States
DUNS: 62808014
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Barton Bennett
 Technology Development & Innovation
 (574) 257-7555
Business Contact
 Susan Bennett
Title: President Business & Finance
Phone: (574) 257-7555
Research Institution

This PHMSA SBIR focuses on the development of a Pipe and Repair Sensor System. When combined with the Seal Sensor System (proposed separately), this technology will allow for a Smart Pipeline Network having integrated sensor networks that provide for continuous real-time monitoring of leaks and system health.

In this program, smart pipes and smart composites repair having integrated leak detection micro-sensors will be further developed and adapted for pipeline use. Concepts and designs will be developed for a networked sensing system capable of sensing the pinpoint location of a leak or impending leak, as well as monitoring structural health. In Phase I, the scope will include the development of a Pipe and Repair Sensor System for use with petroleum-based liquids, with Phase II expanding the scope to include development of a system for use with natural gas.

During this program a network topography and control architecture will be developed that provides for (non-centralized) distributed intelligent control without a single point of failure vulnerability. Expertise in local area processor-based networks and TCP/IP web-based networking will be used to develop system concepts for a wide area Smart Pipeline Network supported by existing internet infrastructure.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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