The SmartBall® Pipe Wall Assessment (PWA) tool is a free-swimming technology used to identify stress in the pipe wall of pressurized metallic pipelines.
PWA technology builds on and has been incorporated into Pure’s SmartBall inline leak detection platform. The SmartBall platform has been widely used by utilities around the world to identify leaks and gas pockets. The technology has been improved to detect wall stress — areas of the pipe wall with damage will be under more stress than areas with limited or no damage.
SmartBall PWA Capabilities
Identify each pipe joint and most appurtenances, valves etc.
Identify material changes, repairs
Identify damaged pipes
Estimate the damage levels of those pipes indicate the position along each pipe where damage is located
Estimate when damage is at the crown of the pipe
Precisely indicate the position of each damaged pipe relative to known points
Regular and accurate leak detection is an important part of integrity programs for Oil and Gas pipelines. Pure’s SmartBall® technology is highly sensitive tool that can identify leaks that aren’t typically found using other systems.
The platform is ideal for complementing existing integrity programs or as a check on non-piggable Pipelines.
For pipelines 4-inch (100 mm) and larger in diameter, SmartBall offers unparalleled leak sensitivity and accurate location capability. It is easy to deploy and can be used to complement existing pipeline integrity programs or as an integrity check on non-piggable lines. The device consists of an instrumented aluminum core in a urethane shell and contains a range of instrumentation, including an acoustic data acquisition system that listens for leaks as the ball travels through the pipeline. Weiterlesen →
“Leckortung mit intelligenter Kugel” – Der Bericht aus der 3R (1-2/2011) über den SmartBall-Einsatz im bayerischen Naturpark Altmühl fand über die Landesgrenzen hinaus Beachtung. Jetzt gibt es den Bericht über unsere “Lecksuche” sogar in polnischer Übersetzung: Armatura i Rurociagi Zeszyt 1/2012
Im bayrischen Naturpark Altmühltal wurde erstmals der SmartBall, ein Gerät zur Detektion von Leckagen und Luftpolstern, in einem Teilabschnitt von 22 km, in einer Trinkwassertransportleitung aus Spannbeton erfolgreich eingesetzt.