3D sensor
Optics, Optoelectronics
Total Costs of Thuringian Project Partners
435.348 €
Total Funding of Thuringian Project Partners
326.511 €
Total Costs of International Cooperation Partners
186.000 €
Project Description
Damaged oil and gas pipelines (e.g. due to corrosion or environmental stress) may cause considerable damages and may even lead to the temporary closedown of the facility. These defects are often due to corrosion and other environmental origins. An early detection of such potential defects allows repairs with low effort and low costs and without any replacement of the concerned material. In cooperation with the project partners 4H Jena engineering, "Christian Michelsen Research" Bergen (Norway), Imenco AS Nesttun (Norway), and DelftTech BV (Netherlands) a 3D sensor with automated image montage in combination with local ultrasound measurement was developed. This 3D sensor is applied to corrosion analysis during automated maintenance inspections of the pipeline systems. The technical goal of the project was the development of a mobile, flexible, and practical scanning technique for 3D corrosion analysis. It satisfies the demanding requirements of field with extraneous light due to sunlight, contamination, and complicate recording and handling conditions (as e.g. underwater employment). The sensor development implied the combination of the corrosion specific measurement data with a model of the inspected facilities. The main feature of this novel measurement system is its flexibility concerning the applicability with versatile environmental conditions. Beside the early detection of potential leakages at pipelines also corrosion damages at oil platforms and offshore facilities can be prevented. Due to the early detection of potential weak points a collapse of such facilities and subsequently environmental pollutions can be prevented.
Thuringian Project Partners
-4H- JENA engineering GmbH
International Cooperation Partners
DelftTech BV

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