Use of PVDF wire sensors for leakage localization in a fluid-filled pipe

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Sun, Pingling
Gao, Yan
Jin, Boao
Brennan, Michael J. [UNESP]

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The detection and location of pipeline leakage can be deduced from the time difference between the arrival leak signals measured by sensors placed at the pipe access points on either side of a suspected leak. Progress has been made in this area to offer a potential improvement over the conventional cross-correlation method for time delay estimation. This paper is concerned with identifying suitable sensors that can be easily deployed to monitor the pipe vibration due to the propagation of leak noise along the pipeline. In response to this, based on the low-frequency propagation characteristics of leak noise in our previous study, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) wire sensors are proposed as a potential solution to detect the pipeline leak signals. Experimental investigations were carried out at a leak detection pipe rig built in the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Their performances for leak detection were shown in comparison with hydrophones. It is suggested that with special considerations given to aspects pertaining to non-intrusive deployment and low cost, the PVDF wire sensors are of particular interest and may lead to a promising replacement for commercial leak noise transducers.



Fluid-filled pipe, Leakage localization, Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) wire sensor, Pressure sensitivity

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Sensors (Switzerland), v. 20, n. 3, 2020.