RESEARCH PAPERS: Pipeline Transportation

The Application of Real Time Flow Modeling to Pipeline Leak Detection

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W. C. Thompson

Plantation Pipe Line Company, Inc., Atlanta, Ga. 30326

K. D. Skogman

CRC Bethany International Inc., Houston, Tex. 77207; formerly with Control Applications, Inc., Houston, Tex.

J. Energy Resour. Technol 105(4), 536-541 (Dec 01, 1983) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3230967 History: Received February 02, 1983; Revised August 09, 1983; Online October 22, 2009


This paper covers the practical and technical aspects of applying transient fluid flow and heat transfer models to a real-time pipeline leak detection system. The system discussed monitors 24 batched products pipelines from a central control facility consisting of dual Data General Eclipse S/250 computers. The 24 pipelines in the system total over 3100 mi in length, ranging in size from a 13-mi, 1-station, 1-terminal, 6-in. line to a 360-mi. 6-station, 7-terminal, 30-in line. The minimum detectable leak size proven in testing is approximately 1/2 of 1 percent of maximum flow rate.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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