Tool Offers Option for Detecting Corrosion

January 2018, Vol. 245, No. 1

America’s oil and gas pipelines travel 2.5 million miles through mountains, forests, wetlands and urban areas. Monitoring such a vast network isn’t easy. Nearly half of all pipeline incidents reported in the U.S. since 2002 were caused by malfunctioning equipment, construction flaws and other technical problems – most largely hidden from view and difficult to detect. Historically, pipeline companies in the oil and gas sector use high-tech, complex leak detection systems that measure hydraulic data and count on aerial surveys and other measures to ensure that their pipelines work efficiently and safely. All too common…

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