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Type: Conference paper
Title: Leak detection in pipelines and pipe networks: A review
Author: Wang, X.
Lambert, M.
Simpson, A.
Vitkovsky, J.
Citation: 6th Conference on Hydraulics in Civil Engineering : 'The State of Hydraulics', proceedings, 2001 / pp.391-400
Issue Date: 2001
ISBN: 0858257858
Conference Name: Conference on Hydraulics in Civil Engineering (6th : 2001 : Hobart, Tas.)
Editor: Michael Wallis
Abstract: Leakage from pipelines has the potential to cause significant environmental damage and economic losses. While pipelines are designed and constructed to maintain their integrity, it is difficult to avoid the occurrence of leakage in a pipeline system during its lifetime. Often accurate leak detection, enabling a quick response, is necessary to minimise damage. Many leak detection methods have been proposed previously. Among these methods, hydraulic leak detection has the advantages of being less expensive and faster in response as compared to other leak detection methods. In this paper various leak detection methods are reviewed. The advantages and disadvantages of each method are highlighted, emphasising the selection of an appropriate solution for different pipeline systems. Recent research on transient leak detection techniques that is currently being carried out at Adelaide University is also described. In particular the inverse transient method is considered in detail.
Rights: © 2001 The Institution of Engineers, Australia
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