PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE FOR OVER-HEADED PIPELINES WITH AUTOMATED ULTRASONIC THICKNESS MONITORING
Journal: Frontiers in Manufacturing Engineering (FME)
Author: Vimal Upadhyay, G. N. Pandey
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This paper focused on pipe burst, one of the major disasters occurring in oil industry. At present, the small diameter steel pipelines with thin boundary has been commonly used in transportation especially aerospace, military, petrochemical plants, nuclear industry and pipeline industries etc. In order to guarantee or monitoring of steel pipeline without leakage/shutdown in service, it is required to inspect the defect or faults accurately. Many experts, scientist, research scholars and industrialist have done several researches on this subject. As we know, ultrasonic in-service testing is frequently used to detect a defect in work-piece before, during processing and after testing. To monitor the pipe conditions such as thickness, corrosion, erosion, corrosion rate and material deterioration, automated crawler with probe remotely operable system architecture design for in-service preventive monitoring has been developed and presented in this paper.