Remote corrosion monitoring addresses pipelines, plant sites

Chris Caunter Rabco Industrial Inspection Ltd. Poole, U.K. A flexible transducer system has been fitted to a pipe Fig 1. With ultrasonic techniques and a novel method of transducer arrangement, a newly developed remote corrosion-monitoring system can monitor oil and gas pipelines in remote and hostile environments as well as process plants in hazardous locations. The system can be fixed permanently at a site where corrosion is to be expected and produce reliable and repeatable results of inspections on request. It has been applied at BP Exploration's Wytch Farm gathering station in Dorset, U.K.; at the Shell Chemie refinery, Purnis, The Netherlands; and ...

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