Sep 2013
Gas Distribution
Seeker Particles
Sep 2013
May 2014
Alex Stewart, Innovation Project Manager
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Network Innovation Allowance
GD - Safety and emergency
Gas Distribution Networks
The scope of this project is to carry out a conceptual study of the development of discrete particles that intelligently locate and repair leaks within the gas distribution network and various methods of introducing them into the gas network.

The objectives of this conceptual study are to:

  • Define detailed problem definition
  • Review relevant prior art
  • Provide possible solutions to the scope.
  • Carry out conceptual development of the discrete particle sealing
  • Develop concept test system and undertake tests
  • Report on the concepts developed and testing undertaken, including recommendations of the solutions to be taken forward.
The success of this project will be determined against the quality and content of the conceptual study. The project will be deemed to be successful if the following outcomes are achieved:

  • Short study on the types of defects and leakage most commonly experienced, including high level look at industry and SGN standards to ensure that the solutions developed are compatible with these standards

  • Brief review of relevant patents, current techniques and state of the art which ensures no third party IP infringement occurs, protects project partners and aids concept development

  • Realisation and testing of preferred concepts using a mixture of in-house prototyping and third party manufacture

  • Comprehensive report and presentation on concept development and testing undertaken.