January 2018, Vol. 245, No. 1

TechNotes

Tool Offers Option for Detecting Corrosion

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 is the fact that sensitive technology designed to detect pipeline leaks do

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