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Linear phase detector for detecting multiple leaks in water pipes

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posted on 2023-02-20, 22:13 authored by Wei Zeng, N Do, M Lambert, James GongJames Gong, B Cazzolato, M Stephens
Acoustic signals measured at either side of a leak have been widely used for locating leaks in buried water distribution pipes. Conventional acoustic leak localization techniques (e.g, cross-correlation) may only pick up the strongest leak when multiple leaks exist in the same pipe. In this paper, a new method based on a linear phase detector has been proposed to address this issue for leak detection in water pipes. The linear phase detector utilizes the phase curve between the leak signals measured at two sides of the leaks. It involves an inverse optimization process that optimally identifies linear phase segments in the phase curve. Multiple leaks can be identified by these linear phase segments with different slopes which are correlated with the leak locations. Field investigations have been carried out on a water pipe which is a part of the water distribution system in a busy city area. The field experimental results validated the proposed method with two leaks close to each other being successfully detected.

History

Journal

Applied Acoustics

Volume

202

Article number

109152

Pagination

109152-109152

ISSN

0003-682X

eISSN

1872-910X

Language

en

Publisher

Elsevier BV