There are many reasons why the detection of leaks in the oil & gas and aerospace industries is important; safety, financial and environmental to name but a few. Trackwise is excited to be working alongside both TWI and Direct-C with our patented Improved Harness technology™ (IHT) and providing material consultation to help research, develop and validate new technologies for hydrocarbon leakage detection.
With WrapSense technology, IHT enables a constant monitoring of an entire pipeline through electrical resistance, allowing for real time reporting of any changes in this resistance. Change would indicate a leak in the pipe as the nano-composite coating can detect liquid hydrocarbons in even small concentrations.
The next stage of this project is to perform a large-scale, 6-month trial where the sensors will be assessed in various controlled, and not so controlled, situations. One section will be exposed to extremes of temperature, another will be enclosed in a moisture-controlled environment whilst the remainder of the pipe will remain outside to deal with whatever mother nature chooses to throw at it.