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Main Title Fluid product pipeline leak detection from airborne platforms /
Author Kennedy, Joseph.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Kennedy, Joseph,
CORP Author Resources Technology Corporation.
Publisher United States Environmental Protection Agency, Water Quality Office,
Year Published 1970
Report Number EPA16020-FQT-12/70; EPA/823/R-70/001
OCLC Number 00357310
Subjects Petroleum pipeline failures ; Leak detectors ; Remote sensing
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EJBD  EPA 823-R-70-001 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 05/22/2014
ELBD ARCHIVE EPA 823-R-70-001 Received from HQ AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 10/04/2023
ELBD RPS EPA 823-R-70-001 repository copy AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 05/02/2020
Collation viii, 89 pages : illustrations, map, charts, plans ; 28 cm
"December 1970." "Final Report, Demonstration Grant 16020 FQT." "Research performed by Resources Technology Corporation, Houston, Texas."
Contents Notes
A computer simulation program in conjunction with an instrument systems analysis program lead to the conclusion that microwave radiometry working in concert with thermal infrared systems could detect petroleum product pipeline leaks. The utilization of these systems from an airborne platform would result in a low false alarm rate and a high probability of leak detection. A demonstration experiment was designed to test the simulation program. This demonstration was carried out in west Texas along three different pipeline sections with eighteen individual leak circumstances. All data, airborne and ground, was reduced, correlated and analyzed to demonstrate remote sensor capabilities. It was found that the apparent microwave (13.7 GHz) temperature of a leak increases significantly compared to surface material containing no oil. Also, a soil containing oil caused a decrease in polarization contrast. Thermal infrared showed a warm area surrounded by a cool halo. When these circumstances all occurred together a leak was identified, proving the correctness of the original computer simulations.