Corrosion Monitoring System using Wireless Sensor Networks

The system developed by Permasense Limited is a permanently installed corrosion monitoring solution that can operate in extreme temperature environments and inaccessible locations, combining innovative sensor technology with wireless communication to deliver continuous monitoring data of the highest integrity directly to the end user.

The system offers an efficient and safe way to monitor the integrity of pipework, enabling better-informed decision making and improving operator flexibility.

It provides a permanent installed solution that can operate in extreme temperature environments and inaccessible locations.  The structure combines ultrasonic sensor technology with wireless communication to deliver data of the highest integrity to the end user. They showcased its new long-range corrosion monitoring system which allows retrieval of data from monitoring locations up to 40km (25 miles) from the gateway location.

Building on the proven technology of their short-range system, the long-range system has been developed to allow for easy deployment on pipeline and feeder lines upstream and midstream. Again, the system offers an efficient and safe way to monitor the integrity of pipework enabling better informed decision making and improving operator flexibility.

According to the CEO Dr Peter Collins, “Continuous measurement presents a step change in the levels of corrosion rates that can be determined and the accuracy of that determination. We are pleased by the rapid acceptance of our breakthrough technologies by the industry, with more than 4000 sensors already in operation in over 40 facilities in 11 countries.” The system has been deployed in refineries and upstream facilities, including offshore platforms, worldwide. Their application will go a long way to encourage wireless sensor network experts in using their skills to tackle other problems in the oil and Gas industry.

 

Several other companies use wireless sensor technology like Aginova.