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Analysis of Acoustic Wave Due to Gas Leakage in Buried Gas Pipe

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Eui Youl Kim, Sang Kwon Lee

Inha University, Incheon, Korea

Min Soo Kim

SK Engineering & Construction, Seoul, Korea

Paper No. DETC2009-86743, pp. 67-71; 5 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 22nd Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Parts A and B
  • San Diego, California, USA, August 30–September 2, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4898-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3856-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


A time frequency technique for locating leaks in buried gas distribution pipes involves the use of the cross-correlation on two measured acoustic signals on either side of a leak. This technique can be problematic for locating leaks in steel pipes, as the acoustic signals in these pipes are generally narrowband and low frequency. The effectiveness of the time-frequency technique for detecting leaks in steel pipes was investigated experimentally in an earlier study. The object of this paper is to identify the characteristics of this dispersive acoustic wave through analysis of the cut-off frequency by using the time-frequency method experimentally and BEM (boundary element method) theoretically for the development of an experimental tool to analyze the leak signals in steel pipe. The tool is based on experimental work and theoretical formulation of wave propagation in a fluid-filled pipe. This tool uses the time-frequency method to explain some of the features of wave propagation measurements made in gas pipes. Leak noise signals are generally passed through a time-frequency filter for detection of impulse signal related leakage.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Acoustics , Waves , Pipes , Leakage



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