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Reference Number NIA_NGN_261
Title Live & Dead Check Analyser
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies 90%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 10%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 October 2020
End Date 01 March 2022
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £156,805
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NGN_261
Objectives Mage Control has recently developed unique technology for the detection of voltage and current state in three phase armoured cables. The detection method used would be adapted to work with legacy and modern gas pipes for the discrimination of embedded cables. The detection of gas pressurised pipes, and also discrimination of these from water pipes can potentially be facilitated using a number of measurement techniques. The cable detection and characterisation work by complex field vector magnetometry. The development of a method to discriminate contents of the pipework gas/air/water may be determined by applying a novel adaptation of proton precession magnetometry.The project will be delivered in 5 stages: Stage 1 – Feasibility assessment and Lab Testing Stage 2 – Development of Initial Prototype Stage 3 – Prototype Field Trial Stage 4 - Manufacturing and Commercialization Roadmap Stage 5 - BAU Business Case The project intends to deliver 10 prototype hand tools that are proven to be able to detect live cables within iron, steel and PE gas pipes ideally up to 12” with 100% accuracy whilst also being able to distinguish if they are live I.e. containing a pressurised medium (water or gas) or dead i.e. disused. The project objectives will be delivered within the 5 stages of the project.Stage 1 – Feasibility assessment and Lab TestingWork to adapt and develop the larger sensor array for the current Mage cable tester to measure electromagnetic fields, through iron, steel, and PE gas pipes from 2” up to 12”.Lab test a range of methods to measure gas pressurisation in the gas pipes and test a range of techniques to discriminate between water pipes and gas pipes, using the following methods: Ultrasonic measurement for gas pressurisation Acoustic Measurement Proton precession magnetometry for gas pressurization Stage 2 – Development of Initial PrototypeDevelop the initial prototype for field trial testing with a testing schedule.Stage 3 – Prototype Field TrialUndertake field trials to prove the reliability of the too and iteratively improve the prototype design.Stage 4 - Manufacturing and Commercialization RoadmapCommercialisation road map – produce a road map for transforming the final prototype design to a commercialised product consisting of final design for manufacture.Stage 5 - BAU Business CaseUsing the findings from the trial and commercialization roadmap to build a business as usual business case for deployment.
Abstract The number of electrical cables being inserted within old abandoned steel gas pipes in commercial dwellings is on an upward trending curve. When gas engineers are tasked to perform a live/dead check, they have no means of knowing whether an electrical cable, or other unknown elements are present in the gas pipe they are operating on, and more importantly if a cable is present, if it is energised or not. The risk of undertaking this operation is significant and potentially dangerous for the field operatives, who are susceptible of being electrocuted in the presence of an energised electrical cable.
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Added to Database 02/11/22