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Main Title Acoustic location of leaks in pressurized underground petroleum pipelines /
Author Eckert, Eric G. ; Maresca, J. W.
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Maresca, J. W.
CORP Author Vista Research, Inc., Mountain View, CA. ;CDM Federal Programs Corp., Fairfax, VA.;Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH. Risk Reduction Engineering Lab.
Publisher Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Year Published 1992
Report Number EPA/600/R-92-143; EPA-68-03-3409; PB92207687
Stock Number PB92-207687
OCLC Number 27042231
Subjects Petroleum pipelines ; Leak detectors ; Acoustic emission testing
Additional Subjects Acoustic monitoring ; Land pollution ; Pipelines ; Leak detectors ; Crude oil ; Underground storage ; Petroleum ; Performance evaluation ; Pressurizing ; Graphs(Charts)
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EJBD  EPA 600/R-92/143 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 08/06/2013
ELBD ARCHIVE EPA 600/R-92/143 Received from HQ AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 10/04/2023 DISPERSAL
EMBD  EPA/600/R-92/143 NRMRL/GWERD Library/Ada,OK 01/07/1993
ERAD  EPA 600/R-92-143 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 11/20/1998
ESAD  EPA 600-R-92-143 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 03/23/2010
NTIS  PB92-207687 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation xi, 46 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
The objective of the work was to make an estimate of the accuracy of locating a leak in a pressurized petroleum pipeline, by means of passive acoustic sensors mounted on the outside wall of the pipeline, as a function of leak rate and distance between acoustic sensors. While there are regulatory standards for detection of leaks in underground pressurized pipelines, there are no standards for leak location. For rapid remediation, it would be highly desirable if the leak could be located within 10% of the length of the pipeline in the case of a line longer than 30.5 m (100 ft), or within 3.0 m (10 ft) in the case of a line shorter than 30.5 m (100 ft). This limits the excavation to only a small fraction of the line. As will be shown below, theoretical estimates suggest that the accuracy of the proposed technique should be better than 25 cm. These theoretical estimates, however, assume that the leak signal is large compared to the noise.
Prepared by Vista Research, Inc. under contract no. "August 1992." Includes bibliographical references (p. 45). "EPA/600/R-92/143."