Gaslight Q is a new research project supported by the Energy Innovation Centre. In this project Gnosys will be transferring knowledge gained in the use of polymers and condition monitoring in the electrical transmission and distribution networks to the gas sector.
This program centres on the development of a new rapid non-destructive PE gas pipe and PE pipe weld quality condition assessment tool for use in the field on both new and old pipe that measures pipe quality and condition, and is comparable to laboratory-based techniques.
The aim is to build a spectroscopy based materials and pipe identification spot analyser that could be deployed in the field as an NDT condition assessment method both pre- and post-installation of PE pipe. The project will develop spectroscopic databases that enable direct comparison of field measurements (as a field tool) with the materials properties measured in the factory.
GnoSys has obtained the commitment of a number of UK pipe producers Radius and GPS and other polymer suppliers to support the measurement of both current and historic pipe and joints as part of the project. These companies will also provide access to historical data and specimens from older pipes that have been in service, including those that may have suffered failure. In this case, measurements to identify and condition assess the pipe materials will be undertaken.
The main benefits are immediate identification of material type, material and pipe quality, and an equally rapid assessment of the quality of joining methods and, for older pipes, a measure of remaining life based on changes in the condition of the pipe materials.
Contact Point: Nicky Freebody