”Our current research allows creating and verifying a diagnostic system facilitating precise determination of the technical condition of the gas infrastructure. We are the largest gas distribution system operator in Europe. Since last year, our grid has already stretched over 200,000 km. I hope that the tested system will facilitate our monitoring key sections of the gas infrastructure on an ongoing basis, and designating critical places, which will have an impact on the precise targeting of their modernisation processes”, said Marian Żołyniak, member of the technical Management Board of Polska Spółka Gazownictwa.
The project is implemented in cooperation with specialists from the Kielce University of Technology. Upon its completion, an innovative and user-friendly gas pipeline diagnostics system will be developed, which will allow recognising the type of defect and determining its location in the grid.
”The acoustic emission used in research generates sound waves at a specific frequency and amplitude. Destructive processes in the grid are signalled by audible sounds, similar to the creaking of a wooden beam subjected to a significant load. Thus, we will be able to easily and quickly identify destructive phenomena such as corrosion, cracks and gas leakage”, added Jacek Michalik, head of the Infrastructure Department of the Polska Spółka Gazownictwa.
The project entitled, ”An innovative system for the automatic identification and location of gas infrastructure defects using the phenomenon of acoustic emission (Slildig AE)”, is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under Sub-measure 1.1.1 of the Smart Growth Operational Programme 2014-2020.