Fluid, Fluid Leak, Or Pipe Flaw Detection Patents (Class 73/592)
  • Patent number: 11313754
    Abstract: A system (100) for monitoring a pipe system (10) includes a first sensor device (102). The first sensor device (102) includes at least one sensor, a wake-up circuit (170), and a processor (172). The at least one sensor is configured to sense an operating characteristic of a piping section (12) of the pipe system (10), and includes a transducer configured such that an audio signal emanating in the piping section induces the transducer to produce a voltage signal indicative of the audio signal. The wake-up circuit (170) is operatively connected with the transducer, and generates a wake-up signal in response to the voltage signal being above a predetermined threshold. The processor (172) is operatively connected to the wake-up circuit (170) and to the at least one sensor, and is configured to identify an operating condition of the pipe system (10) with reference to the operating characteristic sensed by the at least one sensor in response to receiving the wake-up signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Joseph Szurley, Billy Li, Samarjit Das
  • Patent number: 11256272
    Abstract: An abnormal consumption detection system is provided with remote valve control for a distributed water infrastructure. The system may comprise an electronically controllable valve, a remote communication transmitter, a remote communication receiver, at least one sensor for measuring water flow information associated with the distributed water infrastructure, and at least one processor. The system may determine from the water flow information obtained from the at least one sensor a potential abnormal consumption associated with the distributed water infrastructure. The system may automatically close a valve, without human intervention, when the potential abnormal consumption is determined. The system may transmit, via the remote communication transmitter to a remote administrator, alert information about the potential abnormal consumption to enable an administrator to decide based on the transmitted information whether to reopen the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: WINT WI LTD
    Inventor: Shay Ravid
  • Patent number: 11220356
    Abstract: Provided is a nondestructive inspection (“NDI”) system that includes an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) comprising a body structure and at least one support arm. The support arm includes a first arm portion having a first end coupled to the body structure and a second end coupled to a second arm portion. The second arm portion includes a first end coupled to the second end of the first arm portion and a second end coupled to an NDI scanning device. The support arm also includes a compliant member disposed between the first arm portion and the second arm portion. The NDI scanning device includes one or more NDI sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Troy, Gary E. Georgeson, Joseph L. Hafenrichter, Scott W. Lea
  • Patent number: 11208883
    Abstract: The subject technology relates to a process by which data from two downhole loggers (e.g., acoustic transducers), one at each end of a pipeline, can be used to improve the resolution of a pressure pulse system, even for slow valve operating times. For example, the process of the subject technology uses data from two transducers (e.g., acoustic transducers), instead of one transducer typically employed in traditional approaches, thereby leading to increased resolution of the deposit location and thickness. By improving the deposition estimation resolution, locating smaller deposits in a pipeline more accurately can be realized. The improved resolution in deposition estimation computations supports better decision making by providing more detailed measurement and quantification data for use in resolution of deposition buildup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Srinivasan Jagannathan, David B. Bennett
  • Patent number: 11187640
    Abstract: A powder dispersing device of a powder particle size distribution measuring equipment has a base, an elastic force generating assembly and a first housing. The elastic force generating assembly includes a bumping piece, a force applying board and a power transmission assembly. Two ends of the power transmission assembly are respectively connected to the bumping piece and the force applying board. When the force applying board is applied with a first displacement, the power transmission assembly actuates the bumping piece to generate a second displacement which enables the bumping piece to have a first elastic force. The first housing is formed with a through hole on a side surface for one end of the force applying board to extend out. The first elastic force of the bumping piece triggers the bumping piece to strike on any surface facing toward the inside of the first housing and touching the other end of the bumping piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: LIGHTTELLS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Chung Chen, Shang-Te Tu
  • Patent number: 11169011
    Abstract: A fluid measuring apparatus, including a pair of ultrasonic wave probes in which one is disposed more upstream than the other, a processor, and a non-transitory storage medium containing program instructions therein. The execution of the program instructions by the processor causes the fluid measuring apparatus to provide functions of a period measuring unit that measures a first propagation period during which ultrasonic wave propagates from the one ultrasonic wave probe to the other, and a second propagation period during which ultrasonic wave propagates from the other ultrasonic wave probe to the one ultrasonic wave probe, and a flow velocity measuring unit that derives a flow velocity of the fluid by cancelling errors in a first flow velocity that is derived by measuring the second propagation period after measuring the first propagation period, and a second flow velocity that is derived by measuring the first propagation period after measuring the second propagation period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masami Kishiro, Yasufumi Morimoto
  • Patent number: 11105669
    Abstract: A system for estimating fluid flow in a system including a pump and a fluid vessel operatively coupled to the pump via a conduit is described herein. The system comprises an accelerometer affixed to an exterior surface of the conduit, wherein the accelerometer is configured to generate signals representing physical movement of the conduit, and wherein the signals are suitable for estimating fluid flow in the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: JABIL INC.
    Inventors: Jamie Evans, Stephen McSorley
  • Patent number: 10801876
    Abstract: Systems or apparatus include a plurality of ultrasonic transducer pairs arranged about a conduit to establish a plurality of measurement paths directed at an acute angle relative to a central axis of the conduit. A control system is configured to perform operations comprising obtaining ultrasonic pulse transmission and detection data from the first and second ultrasonic transducers for each of the measurement paths, determining a first fluid flow rate using the data for each of the measurement paths, determining a second fluid flow rate using a subset of the data that is used to determine the first fluid flow rate, wherein the subset of the data includes only the data for a subset of the measurement paths, and determining whether a difference between the first fluid flow rate and the second fluid flow rate is greater than a difference setpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: John Lansing, Torsten Dietz
  • Patent number: 10697937
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a Multiple Signal Classification (MUSIC) corrosion monitoring method via excitation beam forming and weighted image fusing. Because damage-related scattering signals are weak and precision of the MUSIC algorithm is affected, the present invention first introduces excitation beam forming and two arrays into the MUSIC method, to enhance scattering signals of corrosive damage and improve their signal-to-noise ratios. Then, the two arrays serve as an excitation array or a sensor array in turn, by assigning weight to fused corrosive damage images of the two arrays, monitoring of corrosive damage in blind zones of the one-dimensional linear arrays is realized. Finally, factors related to the corrosive damage are calculated based on eigenvalues of covariance matrixes of array signals, to determine the depth of the corrosive damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Shenfang Yuan, Qiao Bao, Lei Qiu, Fangyu Guo, Yuanqiang Ren
  • Patent number: 10697940
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to multi-purpose an acoustic emission sensor are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a collection engine to obtain a measurement from an acoustic emissions sensor coupled to a fluid flow control assembly, and obtain a state of the fluid flow control assembly. The example apparatus further includes a selector to adjust a gain of a pre-amplifier based on the state to adjust the measurement, and a condition identifier to identify a condition of the fluid flow control assembly based on the adjusted measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Allen Nordstrom, Shawn Anderson
  • Patent number: 10497226
    Abstract: A measurement device and method includes a controller for controlling performance of a test on a test object, a signal generator for generating a signal indicative of an audible prompt to audibly identify a test result of the test object, and a signal transmitter for wirelessly transmitting the signal indicative of the audible prompt to a device remote from the measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Tao Zhong, Xugang Chen
  • Patent number: 10458878
    Abstract: Provided are a position determination device and the like which determine vibration measurement positions for specifying a leak position. A position determination device 100 includes a feature amount extraction unit which extracts feature amounts relating to detected pipe vibrations respectively on the basis of the pipe vibrations detected by a plurality of detection units, and a measurement position determination unit which determines measurement positions of at least two of the detection units on the basis of the feature amounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Hirofumi Inoue, Masatake Takahashi, Shin Tominaga, Junichiro Mataga
  • Patent number: 10275402
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a signal processing unit may receive distributed acoustic sensing data associated with a first set of a plurality of pipeline locations. The signal processing unit may also receive collected physical data representing a physical characteristic of a second set of a plurality of pipeline locations. The signal processing unit may then utilize a pipeline model having the distributed acoustic sensing data and collected physical data as inputs to automatically generate at least one alert indicating an increased probability of damage to the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Marco Guerriero, Frederick Wilson Wheeler, Glen Peter Koste, Sachin Narahari Dekate, Peter Henry Tu
  • Patent number: 10155262
    Abstract: Monitoring of a line system (1) in which a liquid medium (3) is guided in a line (2). The current pressure of the liquid medium (3) in the line (2) and in the associated current flow are sensed at sensing times. The two values are fed to a computing unit (5). The computing unit (5) calculates a theoretical flow of the liquid medium (3) in the line (2) from the sensed current pressure by taking into account a specified flow function. The flow function describes a physical relationship between the theoretical flow of the liquid medium (3) and the current pressure of the liquid medium (3). The computing unit (5) determines an individual degree of clogging on the basis of the current flow and the theoretical flow. On the basis of a number of determined individual degrees of clogging and by using stochastic methods, the computing unit (5) calculates an interval within which a degree of clogging of the line system (1) lies with a probability to be defined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Kurt Dittenberger, Klemens Hauser, Daniel Lanzerstorfer
  • Patent number: 9897243
    Abstract: A method and a system remotely detect the position of a pig device inside a pipeline for transporting pressurized fluids, like for example long distance oil and gas pipelines having a strategic international value. The method foresees equipping the pipeline with pressure sensors in contact with the fluid, located at at least one of the two terminals of the pipeline, and the sending and processing of signals by a control unit. The operation of the system is that of identifying and locating, in real time and continuously, a pig device that moves intermittently inside the pipeline, for example during cleaning, monitoring, measurement and non-destructive control operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: ENI S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Giunta, Giancarlo Bernasconi
  • Patent number: 9869605
    Abstract: An ultrasonic detector suitable for mounting in a position for surveying an area for a source of airborne ultrasound, which detector comprises a sensor for detecting an ultrasonic sound signal, characterised by a transducer configured to produce a broadband ultrasonic sound signal for reception by said sensor enabling said ultrasonic detector to perform a self-test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Measurement Limited
    Inventors: Darren Michael Rose, Roger Thomas Hurrey
  • Patent number: 9772251
    Abstract: A vibration detection device (10) is provided with a vibration detection unit (110), a sensor-side leak determination unit (120), a first transmission unit (130), and a second transmission unit (140). The vibration detection unit (110) detects vibration transmitted through piping (30). The sensor-side leak determination unit (120) determines whether or not there is a possibility of a leak in the piping (30) based on a measurement result of the vibration detection unit (110). When the sensor-side leak determination unit (120) determines that there is a possibility of a leak, the first transmission unit (130) transmits provisional leak information to an information processing device (20). The provisional leak information indicates that there is a possibility of a leak in the piping (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeki Shinoda, Yasuhiro Sasaki, Masatake Takahashi, Shohei Kinoshita, Hiromi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9766209
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus for detecting pipe wall thinning, which measures a natural frequency of a pipe and determines a level of the pipe wall thinning, and a method thereof. The apparatus for detecting the pipe wall thinning includes a hitting member 10 for hitting the pipe T, a vibration measurement sensor 20 which measures a vibration signal generated when the pipe T is hit with the hitting member 10, and a control part 30 which compares the natural frequency calculated from the vibration signal measured from the vibration measurement sensor 20 with a natural frequency generated from a normal pipe in which wall thinning does not occur, and determines the level of the wall thinning of the pipe T.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: Soon-Woo Han, Doo-Byung Yoon, Jin-Ho Park, Hong Pyo Kim
  • Patent number: 9733217
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for providing a structural condition of a structure, comprising providing an excitation wave generator; providing an excitation wave sensor; injecting an excitation burst wave into the structure using the excitation wave generator; obtaining a measured propagated excitation burst wave using the excitation wave sensor; correlating the measured propagated excitation burst wave with one of a plurality of theoretical dispersed versions of the excitation burst wave; and providing an indication of the structural condition of the structure corresponding to the correlated measured propagated excitation burst wave. The method may offer a better localization of the reflection points and thus of the potential defects present in a structure under inspection, when compared with a group velocity-based or time-of-flight (ToF) approach. The method may be particularly useful for structural health monitoring (SHM) and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Scopra Sciences et Génie s.e.c.
    Inventors: Patrice Masson, Philippe Micheau, Nicolas Quaegebeur, Dominique Langlois Demers
  • Patent number: 9651445
    Abstract: Sensors locate troublesome leaks in pipes or conduits that carry a flowing medium. These sensors, through tailored physical and geometric properties, preferentially seek conduit leaks or breaches due to flow streaming. The sensors can be queried via transceivers outside the conduit or located and interrogated inside by submersible unmanned vehicle to identify and characterize the nature of a leak. The sensors can be functionalized with other capabilities for additional leak and pipeline characterization if needed. Sensors can be recovered from a conduit flow stream and reused for future leak detection activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy J. McIntyre
  • Patent number: 9506833
    Abstract: An ultrasonic gas leak detector and test method, configured to discriminate the ultrasound generated by a pressurized gas leak into the atmosphere from ultrasound generated by man-made ultrasonic sources. In an exemplary embodiment an ultrasonic gas leak detector is able to identify a remote ultrasonic test source as a known test source and to initiate a test sequence instead of alarm. An output function generates detector outputs in dependence on the test mode initiation. The ultrasonic gas leak detector may also identify various other man-made ultrasonic sources as being neither gas leaks nor remote test sources but as nuisance or hostile sources to be identified as such. The test method utilizes a narrowband test source at a known ultrasonic frequency to ensonify the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Monitors, Inc.
    Inventors: Javid Huseynov, Shankar B. Baliga
  • Patent number: 9404893
    Abstract: The present invention provides new techniques for non-invasive and real-time measurement of the velocity profile of slurry flow in horizontal pipes, as well as the measurement and trending of pipe wear on slurry lines. In the first case, this information can be used to determine the approach and onset of solid deposition on the bottom of the pipe. Having this information in real time can enable operation at lower velocities or higher solids concentration or both while avoiding solids deposition or plugging and their associated operational costs. In the second case, the present invention uses a permanently or semi-permanently installed ring of conformable ultrasonic transducers clamped onto the outside of the pipe. These transducers are used to measure the thickness of the pipe under their respective locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: CiDRA Corporate Services Inc.
    Inventors: Christian O'Keefe, Robert J. Maron, Mark R. Fernald, Timothy J. Bailey, Alex Van der Spek, Michael A. Davis, John V. Viega
  • Patent number: 9319003
    Abstract: An amplifier includes: a first operational signal path arranged to generate a first pre-output signal according to an input signal under a first operating mode of the amplifier; a second operational signal path arranged to generate a second pre-output signal according to the input signal under a second operating mode of the amplifier; and an output stage, coupled to the first operational signal path and the second operational signal path, for outputting a first output signal according to the first pre-output signal under the first operating mode and outputting a second output signal according to the second pre-output signal under the second operating mode, wherein the first operational signal path and the second operational signal path are arranged to share at least one common circuit element for generating the first pre-output signal and the second pre-output signal under the first operating mode and the second operating mode, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventor: Kuo-Hsin Chen
  • Patent number: 9310234
    Abstract: A hydraulic power unit, a flow meter, and a pressure gauge couple to a first end of a tube under testing. The hydraulic power unit provides an inlet pressure to move a testing fluid through the tube. The flow meter measures a flow rate of the testing fluid and the pressure gauge measures the inlet pressure. An accelerometer measures sound and vibration of the tube. A reservoir couple to an outlet of the tub and an inlet of the hydraulic power unit. The reservoir supplies the testing fluid to the hydraulic power unit and collects the testing fluid from the tube. Hoses interconnect the components in a closed loop that reuses the testing fluid. By analyzing the flow rate, it is determined if an obstruction exist in the tube. By analyzing the inlet pressure and the sound and vibration of the tube, a location of the obstruction is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: DMAR Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhiming Huang, Dagang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9281875
    Abstract: A system transfers energy wirelessly from a source to a sink as an EM near-field according to parameters. The source includes a receive RF chain, and a receive controller. The sink includes a transmit RF chain, and a receive controller. The receive controller measures the energy received as feedback information, which is transmitted to the sink. Then, the transmit controller dynamically varies the parameters to optimized the energy received at the sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: William S. Yerazunis, Bingnan Wang, Chunjie Duan, John Barnwell, Dan J. Burns
  • Patent number: 9256894
    Abstract: A method and apparatus utilized in operating a feedback forum in an online auction environment is described. Instead of allowing users of the system to enter freeform comments for and about other users, a number of predefined feedback comments are provided that relate to an auction transaction. Users leaving feedback for other users are permitted to select a comment they desire to leave for or about another user relative to a transaction. The predefined feedback comments selected by the users are associated with the users whom the comment is about, and at some time thereafter, the predefined feedback comment is displayed for viewing by other users of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Boone
  • Patent number: 9157878
    Abstract: A system for detecting aberrations within a workpiece having a conduit with an input end and an output end is disclosed. The system comprises a fluid delivery device arranged proximate to input end of conduit to pass fluid into input end of the conduit, the fluid delivery device having one or more fluid controllers that control one or more conditions of the fluid passed thereby, a sensor having an input and an output, the input arranged proximate to output end of conduit to measure one or more conditions of the fluid experienced by input, a workpiece exciter situated to excite workpiece and a processor having an input connected to the output of sensor, the processor having a correlator to correlate any changed of the one or more conditions of the fluid experienced by input of sensor with an excitement of workpiece by sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. Shepard
  • Patent number: 9082269
    Abstract: Locating devices and systems providing haptic tactile feedback are disclosed. In one embodiment, a locator includes a haptic handle configured to provide directional signals through an operator's sense of touch to aid in locating and tracing a buried conductor or other object such as a pipe or cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: SEE SCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, Garrett A. Newby, Alexander Logan Warren, David Cox
  • Patent number: 8966979
    Abstract: A method of measuring the thickness of any deposit of material (28) on an inner wall (12) of a structure (14). The method comprises: (a) causing vibrations in the structure; (b) detecting said vibrations in the structure; (c) determining a resonance frequency of the structure based on the detected vibrations; and (d) determining the thickness of any deposit of material on the inner wall of the structure based on the determined resonance frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Statoil Petroleum AS
    Inventors: Lene Amundsen, Rainer Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8955383
    Abstract: An ultrasonic gas leak detector is configured to discriminate the ultrasound generated by a pressurized gas leak into the atmosphere from false alarm ultrasound. An exemplary embodiment includes a sensor for detecting ultrasonic energy and providing sensor signals, and an electronic controller responsive to the sensor signals. In one exemplary embodiment, the electronic controller is configured to provide a threshold comparator function to compare a sensor signal value representative of sensed ultrasonic energy to a gas detection threshold value, and an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) function for processing signals derived from the digital sensor signals and applying ANN coefficients configured to discriminate false alarm sources from gas leaks. An output function generates detector outputs in dependence on the threshold comparator output and the ANN output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: General Monitors, Inc.
    Inventors: Javid J. Huseynov, John G. Romero, Shankar B. Baliga
  • Patent number: 8950261
    Abstract: A method of detecting faults in a member having a first and second face opposite each other and communicating fluidically in the presence of at least one fault; the method including the steps of: generating a first sound signal by means of a transmitter, so that the first sound signal interacts with at least one portion of the first face of the member; arranging a receiver, configured to receive a second sound signal, close to a respective portion of the second face of the member corresponding to the portion of the first face, the second sound signal being the outcome of the first sound signal interacting with the member; moving the receiver, close to the second face of the member; generating a detection signal, by means of the receiver, as a function of the received second sound signal; calculating, at a number of instants (t1-tN) in which the receiver is moved, respective detection values (A?, B?, N?) of a quantity associated with the energy of the detection signal; and, in the event of at least one fault i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ansaldobreda S.p.A.
    Inventors: Massimo Carradori, Paolo Rami, Gian Luca Pioppi
  • Patent number: 8942401
    Abstract: It is an object to provide an electro-acoustic converter which can be subjected to air leakage test allowing a gas to pass through a waterproof film in such a condition that the waterproof film is attached to the electro-acoustic converter. An electro-acoustic converter is produced, which includes: a casing having a sound hole; and a diaphragm provided in the casing, wherein the sound hole is covered with the waterproof film to form a closed space, and the closed space is in communication with the outside of the casing through a vent for air leakage test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeharu Murayama
  • Publication number: 20140311245
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved pipe inspection system and related methods. In one embodiment, the invention provides an airbourne acoustic pipe inspection system and method. The present invention further comprises a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing executable computer program code for inspecting pipes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Kirill Vjacheslavovitch Horoshenkov, Simon Joseph Tait, Mohammad Tareq Bin Ali
  • Publication number: 20140305215
    Abstract: A flow meter ultrasonically measures fluid velocity in a pipe and ultrasonically transmits fluid flow data along the pipe. An ultrasonic transducer used for fluid velocity measurement may optionally also be used for communication of flow data, and optionally, the ultrasonic frequency for fluid velocity measurement may be the same as the ultrasonic frequency for communication of flow data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Anand Dabak, Clive Bittlestone
  • Publication number: 20140260626
    Abstract: Apparatus and method of monitoring for obstructions in a pipe or channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: M. Wojciech Konrad Kulczyk
  • Publication number: 20140238137
    Abstract: A method of assessing the condition of a tubular member comprises driving an ultrasonic probe to fire a short pulse ultrasonic beam at the outer surface of the tubular member and analysing the reflected signals from the tubular member to assess the condition of the tubular member. The apparatus comprises an ultrasonic probe (22), means for driving the probe to fire a short pulse ultrasonic beam at the outer surface of the tubular member and means for converting the reflected ultrasonic beam into image signals which can be analysed to assess the condition of the tubular member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Craig Keyworth
  • Publication number: 20140238136
    Abstract: A device and method for performing ultrasound scanning of a substantially cylindrical object, the device comprising a cuff adapted to fit around a circumference of the object, a carrier mounted slidably on the cuff and adapted to traverse the circumference of the object, an ultrasound probe mounted on the carrier and positioned to scan the circumference of the object as the carrier traverses the circumference of the object, a carrier motor mounted on the cuff or the carrier and used to drive the movement of the carrier about the circumference of the object, and one or more data connections providing control information for the carrier motor and the ultrasound probe and receiving scanning data from the ultrasound probe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Raymond Ten Grotenhuis, Andrew Hong, Zhenxiang Chen, Matt Madill, Shaddy Shokralla, Benedict Cheng Chuen Wong, Scott Preston, Alexander Sakuta
  • Publication number: 20140230554
    Abstract: For ultrasonic measurement of pipe seam peaking, optionally with simultaneous ultrasonic wall thickness measurement using ultrasonic probes mounted on sensor holders on a sensor mount, it is proposed to use a sensor mount with sensor holders mounted on movable skids, which are pressed outward by spring elements and bear against the internal pipe surface, and skids having a large skid breadth greater than the seam peak breadth measured in the pipe's circumferential direction in the region of a measured seam peak, and sensor holders equipped with sensors only in a measuring region situated half way between two skid contact surfaces, wherein the measuring region breadth is less or equal to half of the skid breadth such that the stand off deviation of the sensors resulting in the seam peak region remains below a threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: NDT Global GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Axel Schwarz
  • Patent number: 8797830
    Abstract: An explosion-proof system for generating acoustic energy. An exemplary embodiment of the system includes a main housing defining an open housing space and an opening. A cover structure is configured for removable attachment to the main housing structure to cover the opening and provide an explosion-proof housing structure. The cover structure includes an integral head mass. An acoustic energy emitting assembly includes the head mass, and an excitation assembly disposed within the explosion-proof housing structure. An electronic circuit is disposed within the explosion-proof housing structure to generate a drive signal for driving the excitation assembly to cause the acoustic energy emitting assembly to resonate and generate acoustic energy. In one embodiment the acoustic energy is a beam of ultrasonic energy useful for testing ultrasonic gas detectors. A method is also described for testing ultrasonic gas leak detectors using an ultrasonic source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: General Monitors, Inc.
    Inventors: Shankar B. Baliga, John G. Romero, Scott W. Reed, Cristian S. Filimon
  • Publication number: 20140190264
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sensor assembly detects a characteristic of a pipe. The ultrasonic sensor assembly includes first and second transducer rings spaced apart along a length of the pipe. Each of the first and second transducer rings can transmit a first wave longitudinally along the pipe and receive a reflection of the transmitted first wave from the characteristic. The first transducer ring can use results related to the reflection of the transmitted first wave to guide a second wave along the pipe that is received by the second transducer ring. Methods of detecting a characteristic of the pipe are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: James Norman Barshinger, Mark Howard Feydo
  • Patent number: 8766806
    Abstract: A real time method and dynamic logic-based system for enhancing the operation of a pipeline network is disclosed. The system and method perform monitoring of the operation of a pipeline network, generate alarms in response to differing levels of destabilized pipeline operations, manage the generation of alarms based upon known operating events and operating conditions, diagnose potential source of the detected destabilized events and manage the operation of the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Inventor: Keith C McDowell
  • Publication number: 20140165731
    Abstract: A pipeline fault detection system, method and sensor head suitable for use in the system are disclosed. The system comprises a vibro-acoustic sensor connectable to a fluid path of a pipeline and a remote monitoring system, the sensor being operable to measure one or more predetermined vibro-acoustic properties of the fluid and/or fluid path and communicate data on said measurements to the remote monitoring system, the remote monitoring system being arranged to monitor said data over time and being further arranged to screen the monitored data for characteristics representing a fault type to identify occurrence of a fault type in the pipeline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Linford
  • Patent number: 8747663
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for monitoring the supply of substitution fluid upstream or downstream of a dialyser or filter arranged in an extracorporeal blood stream. One embodiment provides, for the detection of predilution or postdilution, for measuring the pressure in the blood stream downstream of the dialyser or filter, predilution or postdilution being recognized on the basis of the change in pressure following the shutting off and/or starting up of the substituate pump provided for conveying the substitution fluid. Another embodiment provides for recognizing predilution or postdilution on the basis of the comparison of the oscillating pressure signal attributable to the substituate pump to a characteristic reference signal. The characteristic reference signal to which the pressure signal of the substituate pump is compared is preferably the oscillating pressure signal of a blood pump arranged in the blood stream for conveying the blood upstream of the dialyser or filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Pascal Kopperschmidt
  • Publication number: 20140150554
    Abstract: An in-medium monitoring system for monitoring material carried within a pipe. The system includes an acoustic device installed within the pipe that generates voltage signals indicative of changes in the material, such as flow rate or leaks, a hardware unit that includes a detector module and a communication module, a switch for switching the voltage signals to and communication signals from the hardware unit. The hardware unit and a power source are attached to the pipe. The acoustic device may be detector or a sensor. The communication module may communicate date through the sensor in the medium or outside of the pipe to a fixed network. The hardware unit may include a log detection amplifier for generating an amplified pulsed output signal without voltage gain and without significantly adding noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Patrick Rada, Forrest Brown
  • Patent number: 8742942
    Abstract: The invention relates to a security device for a cover device of a pipe and/or for a pipe, that can be used for producing pipelines having a series of further pipes welded to each other, wherein the cover device comprises a sleeve covering an inner wall of the pipe, and the security device is designed for generating an alarm signal, wherein the security device comprises a structure-borne sound detection device comprising a structure-borne sound sensor for detecting manipulation of the pipe. The invention further relates to a system for monitoring pipes having a plurality of security devices having a receiving station for receiving the security device signals, preferably repeatable by means of a repeater, and an electronic data processor designed for analyzing the signals and for out-putting an alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Rosen Swiss AG
    Inventor: Hermann Rosen
  • Patent number: 8728327
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for the controlled application of ultrasonic energy for conditioning of mixtures of gas and liquids by evolving and/or agglomerating gas bubbles existing with or in a liquid or for coalescing droplets of liquid dispersed in another liquid. The invention in preferred embodiments thereof comprises a coalescing apparatus for increasing the droplet size of a mixture formed as a liquid dispersed in another liquid, and a de-gassing apparatus arranged to evolve and/or agglomerate gaseous bubbles in a gas/liquid mixture. In the apparatuses, ultrasonic transducers are used to impart vibrational energy to the mixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Cyclotech Limited
    Inventors: David Hadfield, Alastair Sinker, Ian Charles Smyth
  • Publication number: 20140123759
    Abstract: This application relates to methods and apparatus for monitoring of conduits, especially oil or gas pipelines, as an object such as pipeline pig moves within the conduit. The method comprises monitoring at least part of a conduit (206) using a fibre optic (202) distributed acoustic sensor (204) as the object (208) passes along the conduit. The acoustic signals detected from at least one sensing location (203) as the object moves along the conduit are analysed so as to discriminate acoustic signals received at said sensing location from different locations. The method allows the contributions to the acoustic signal at a given sensing portion from different locations to be separately identified, and can allow the detection of the location of acoustic sources along the conduit even if the source is outside the section of conduit which is monitored. The method provides a method of leak detection that can extend the monitoring of the pipeline beyond the location of the optical fibre.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher Minto, Alastair Godfrey
  • Publication number: 20140102201
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a scanning device for performing ultrasonic nondestructive testing of a tube, comprising a housing; the housing having bottom surface that is concavely curved with cavities to accommodate a waveguide assembly and an encoder assembly; where the waveguide assembly comprises a waveguide and a probe that are in communication with one another; the waveguide having at least one surface that is contoured to match an outer surface of the tube; where the waveguide facilitates the transmission of ultrasonic signals into the tube generated by the probe; and where the encoder assembly comprises a spring loaded wheel that contacts the tube; and where the encoder assembly provides a signal indicative of a location of the probe relative to a position on the tube as the scanning device is moved in a direction of a longitudinal axis of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Jacques L. Brignac, Larry D. Kidd, Robert Lucas, Christopher Curl
  • Patent number: 8667845
    Abstract: A device for detecting elements in a fluid environment includes at least one acoustic resonator having a surface designed for fixing of elements. The resonator is configured for generating and measuring Lamb waves fostering generation of symmetrical Lamb waves. The device analyzes the resonance frequency of the resonator to determine the variation of the resonance frequency of the symmetrical Lamb waves representative of the presence of the elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Emmanuel Defay, Marc Aid, Pierre-Patrick Lassagne, Nicolas Sarrut-Rio
  • Publication number: 20130333474
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of monitoring a fluid carrying conduit, comprising interrogating an optic fibre positioned along the path of said conduit to provide distributed acoustic sensing, measuring by distributed acoustic sensing the acoustic signal at each of a plurality of discrete longitudinal sensing portions along the length of the optic fibre, to monitor the optic fibre for the presence of a first characteristic signal, the first characteristic signal being indicative of ground heave the vicinity of the optic fibre, and determining that a failure has occurred in said conduit when a first characteristic signal is measured in the distributed acoustic sensing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Alastair Godfrey, Philip Newton Winder