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Flow-accelerated corrosion (FAC) Erosion - corrosion of carbon steel piping internals is an insidious, persistent and widespread problem in feedwater systems and steam generator circuits in conventional fossil fuel and nuclear power plants (NPPs). These processes lead to reduction in wall thickness and risk of loss of containment, hence posing a major safety concern for personnel and plant operation.
Our system monitors pipe wall thickness with a wireless connection, allowing you to gauge the effects of corrision.
The system consists of a novel magnetic flux leakage sensor. It can be permanently installed in areas of expected erosion/corrosion. Thickness measurements are then transmitted wirelessly and can be read with a mobile phone app.
As long as the electronics are shielded, the system can operate in temperatures up to 500° C. It is targeted at piping in locations that contain areas susceptible to wall thinning (e.g. at pipe bends) with restricted access (i.e. physical impediments or health and safety constraints) where conventional wall thickness inspection by ultrasonic thickness gauges is not feasible.
It can also run on energy harvested from its location, negating the need for running electrical wires.
Download the CorrSense use case for more information
Provide thickness measurements
Take measurements and communicate the data wirelessly
Temperature of operation up to 300°C
Energy harvesting used as a means of power supply rather than batteries, allowing permanent installation on expected areas of erosion/corrosion
Structural health monitoring of piping in locations that contain areas susceptible to wall thinning with restricted access
Alternative solution to conventional wall thickness inspection by ultrasonic thickness gauges
Hazardous environments where inspection represents a risk
Magnetic flux leakage sensor
Connects the output of the electronics wirelessly to a mobile phone with a range of 20 metres
Data available via app on a mobile phone
Sensor electronics built and tested as a breadboard, and then a PCB was built
Cost effective approach to safer inspections in hazardous environments
Safe to use in high hazard areas
Wireless data transmission and reception system
Mains powered with option of energy harvesting
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