UMIP develops new detection for pipe blockage

The University of Manchester, via its intellectual property commercialization company UMIP, has licensed a new technology to pipeline engineering which uses acoustic technology to detect full and partial blockages as well as leaks in gas pipelines.

Offshore staff

MANCHESTER, UK -- The University of Manchester, via its intellectual property commercialization company UMIP, has licensed a new technology to pipeline engineering which uses acoustic technology to detect full and partial blockages as well as leaks in gas pipelines. Acoustek can locate features at distances of up to 10 km (6.2 mi).

At present, Acoustek can be applied using ATEX certified equipment, which can be introduced either via the pig trap or permanently attached for continuous monitoring of a gas pipeline. Over the next two years, the team hopes to further develop and improve the equipment, which is anticipated will extend the range and improve the accuracy of the technique even further.

11/20/2008

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