Development of a New Model for Leak Detection in Pipelines

S. T. Ekwueme, U. J. Obibuike, C. D. Mbakaogu, K. K. Ihekoronye


The leak of pipelines causes’ product loss which result to environmental damages. This can be minimized through careful pipeline supervision, early detection and location followed by quick responses to the incidence. The Niger delta region ushers an avenue where pipelines are regularly vandalized. These have led to severe environmental degradation as well as huge financial loss for the country. In this work, a mathematical model was developed for leak detection in pipelines. The result of the mathematical model showed good potential for leak detection in pipelines especially when used with alarm generator for better output. The developed model was validated with pipeline data from the Niger Delta region. The research study will be useful in identifying leaks in pipelines as well as reduction in pipeline vandalism.


Pipeline vandalism; Leak detection; Mathematical model; Environmental degradation

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