Measuring Metal Loss with Installed Ultrasonic Sensors & IoT
Metal loss due to corrosion & erosion is a major issue and cost for:
- Refineries: overhead crude lines and naphthenic acid corrosion
- Chemical plants: hydrofluoric acid corrosion
- Oil production facilities: sand erosion
- Mid-stream assets: general ID corrosion and individual pit monitoring
- Electric power generators: FAC and MIC
- Any PSM-regulated sites: compliance and loss prevention
A fundamental tenet of any asset-integrity strategy is to accurately measure metal loss so it can be properly managed. Sensor Networks’ smartPIMS provides that as a safe and cost-effect solution.
Ultrasonic nondestructive testing (NDT) is a 70-year-old, proven, established and refined technology. Recent advances with microelectronics, software, wireless communications and the “internet of things” have made “installed ultrasound” an extremely attractive and cost-effective solution for corrosion & erosion monitoring.
- Safe. Non-invasive to the asset’s pressure boundary.
- Absolute in its ability to directly measure remainingwall thickness. (Not a proxy for wall loss.)
- Extremely accurate to 0.001” (0.025 mm), with ability to measure down to 0.040” (1 mm) in carbon steel, especially for fixed-location probes.
- Rugged, reliable and portable. Low recurring maintenance costs.
- Versatile and cost-effective.
smartPIMS™ components, software and systems are highly configurable, from just a few sensors to thousands of TMLs per network—and available for purchase, rent or as a service. Leveraging the low-cost and ubiquitous aspects of the Internet and wireless networks—including cellular—systems can be more easily and cost-effectively installed and maintained at most industrial facilities. smartPIMS™:
- Remote wall-thickness monitoring for corrosion, erosion or cracking.
- Only system to combine cellular data with dual-element transducers.
- Each transmitter supports up to 8 dual-element, 16 single-element or 16 delay-line transducers.
- Sealed housing with long-life battery.
- Collect and transmit data on any periodic schedule.
Data Flow and Management
webPIMS can automatically or manually receive data from ultrasonic sensors for web-based display, storage, trending and analysis. Users can access this data from anywhere with an internet-enabled device such as a PC, tablet or smart phone. An intuitive user’s interface allows easy access to stored images or pdf drawings of the actual installed set-up. Temperature sensors at the TMLs record the asset’s temperature while software automatically compensates for thermal changes.
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