Feb 2014
Gas Distribution
Acoustic Communications in Gas Mains
Feb 2014
Feb 2016
Martin Chorley, innovation Project Manager
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Network Innovation Allowance
GD - Reliability and maintenance
Gas Distribution Networks
The scope of the project is to:

  • Collate operating parameters and configuration of typical test network

  • Understand typical pipe networks and their acoustic characteristics

  • Complete a review and evaluation of relevant published research

  • Develop suitable measurement, test and recording techniques to gather data acoustic data

  • Complete a laboratory simulation to prove test method

  • Complete an acoustic study on a typical gas main network

  • Analyse acoustic data and pipe networks characteristics of signal transmission

  • Establish the characteristics of a potential suitable signature acoustic signal for transmission

  • Investigate equipment and techniques to transmit and receive suitable signature acoustic signals

  • Produce a final report and presentation.

The objectives of this project are to:

  • Develop proof of concept of an acoustic communication solution capable of replacing telephone lines for pressure data logger and control equipment.
  • Evaluate the performance of the acoustic technique to establish the potential transmission distance.
  • Provide relevant information to other Network Licensees.
The success criteria for the project are to:

  • Understand the acoustic characteristics of a typical low pressure gas network.

  • Identify the capability of the acoustic technique in a gas environment to provide a reliable communication medium.

  • Highlight the requirements of equipment to receive and transmit suitable acoustic signals.

  • Produce and disseminate learning to other Network licensees.

In order to determine whether this project has been successful or not at various stages, the project must progress through a number of stage gate milestones. SGN’s Project manager will evaluate the performance again the requirements before approving progress to the next stage.