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Low-cost lightweight airborne laser-based sensors for pipeline leak detection and reporting
Author(s): Michael B. Frish; Richard T. Wainner; Matthew C. Laderer; Mark G. Allen; James Rutherford; Paul Wehnert; Sean Dey; John Gilchrist; Ron Corbi; Daniele Picciaia; Paolo Andreussi; David Furry
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Paper Abstract

Laser sensing enables aerial detection of natural gas pipeline leaks without need to fly through a hazardous gas plume. This paper describes adaptations of commercial laser-based methane sensing technology that provide relatively low-cost lightweight and battery-powered aerial leak sensors. The underlying technology is near-infrared Standoff Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (sTDLAS). In one configuration, currently in commercial operation for pipeline surveillance, sTDLAS is combined with automated data reduction, alerting, navigation, and video imagery, integrated into a single-engine single-pilot light fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter platform. In a novel configuration for mapping landfill methane emissions, a miniaturized ultra-lightweight sTDLAS sensor flies aboard a small quad-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 May 2013
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8726, Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies VI, 87260C (29 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2015813
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Michael B. Frish, Physical Sciences Inc. (United States)
Richard T. Wainner, Physical Sciences Inc. (United States)
Matthew C. Laderer, Physical Sciences Inc. (United States)
Mark G. Allen, Physical Sciences Inc. (United States)
James Rutherford, Heath Consultants Inc. (United States)
Paul Wehnert, Heath Consultants Inc. (United States)
Sean Dey, New Era Technology, Inc. (United States)
John Gilchrist, New Era Technology, Inc. (United States)
Ron Corbi, New Era Technology, Inc. (United States)
Daniele Picciaia, TEA Sistemi S.p.A. (Italy)
Paolo Andreussi, Univ. degli Studi di Pisa (Italy)
David Furry, Leak Surveys Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8726:
Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies VI
Mark A. Druy; Richard A. Crocombe, Editor(s)

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