Possible Detection of Multiple Blockages Using Transients

Michael A. Adewumi, E. S. Eltohami, A. Solaja

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This work explores the possibility of utilizing the interaction between a pressure pulse propagating in a pipe with the blockages therein, as a means of blockage detection and characterization. Whereas an earlier work focused on a single blockage, the present work attempts to extend the strategy to multiple blockages. A one-dimensional isothermal non-compositional single-phase Eulerian model was used to describe the propagation of a pressure pulse through a pipe with multiple blockages. Pressure variations at the inlet caused by reflections of the propagating transient are monitored and analyzed. This analysis is used to make deductions about the internal configuration of the pipe. The results demonstrate that the technique is feasible and that accurate characterization of multiple blockages is possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2001 Engineering Technology Conference on Energy, ETCE2001. Part B
Subtitle of host publicationOffshore and Artic Operations, Pipeline Technology, Production Technology, Tribology
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
Event2001 Engineering Technology Conference on Energy - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: Feb 5 2001Feb 7 2001

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Engineering Technology Conference on Energy


Other2001 Engineering Technology Conference on Energy
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHouston, TX

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Energy


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