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Detection of extended blockages in pressurised pipelines using hydraulic transients with a layer-peeling method

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posted on 2019-03-01, 00:00 authored by W Zeng, James GongJames Gong, M Lambert, A Simpson, B Cazzolato, A Zecchin
Water distribution systems (WDSs) are one of society's most important infrastructure assets. They consist of buried pipes that are often old and their condition is extremely difficult and expensive to determine. This research proposes a non-invasive layer-peeling method using hydraulic transient waves to detect extended blockages in pressurised pipelines. In the numerical study, hydraulic transient pressure waves are injected into a pipeline at a dead-end. Wave reflections caused by multiple extended blockages (uniform and non-uniform) are simulated using the method of characteristics (MOC). The impulse response function (IRF) of the pipeline is then obtained using the simulated pressure response at the dead-end. The original layer-peeling method previously applied to tubular music instruments is further developed by considering the differences between the instruments and pressurised pipelines (boundary conditions, fluid properties). Using the IRF and the modified layer-peeling method, the internal pipe diameter values are estimated section by section from the dead-end to the upstream end of the pipeline. The blocked pipe sections are then accurately identified from the reconstructed pipe wall thickness distribution profile.

History

Volume

240

Pagination

1-7

Location

Kyoto, Japan

Open access

  • Yes

Start date

2018-09-17

End date

2018-09-21

ISSN

1755-1307

eISSN

1755-1315

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2019, The Author(s)

Editor/Contributor(s)

[Unknown]

Title of proceedings

IAHR 2018 : Proceedings of the 29th IAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems

Event

International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research. Symposium (29th : 2018 : Kyoto, Japan)

Issue

5

Publisher

IOP Publishing

Place of publication

Bristol, Eng.

Series

International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research Symposium

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