Ultrasonic Guided Wave System Developed By PetroChina

By Weibin Wang, Zhanjun Feng, Jianfeng Chen, Hongjun Dong and Choumin Zhao, PetroChina | August 2011, Vol. 238 No. 8
Buyer's Guide

The software offers advanced analysis tools which dramatically increase sensitivity while simultaneously reducing false calls. This increases productivity. These analysis tools include: 1) detection of mode converted signals, 2) dynamic frequency sweeping, 3) automatic ring detection and configuration, 4) interface to GPS receivers, 5) sophisticated DAC prediction, 6) cross sectional area loss displays, and 7) detailed diagnostic information.

At the end of 2010, China had a total of 50,000 km of oil and gas pipelines. That number will double by 2015. This indicates a prosperous future for the ultrasonic guided wave technique and the PUGW-1 pipe inspection system.

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PetroChina is China's largest oil and gas producer and supplier, one of the world's major oilfield service providers and a globally known contractor in engineering construction. In 2015, it will own 48,000 km of pipeline for natural gas, crude oil and products. An accurate, adaptable, and portable pipe screening system is desired by the company for pipe safety management.

Authors:
Weibin Wang, Ph.D., is director of the anti-corrosion branch of PetroChina Pipeline R&D Center. He has held this position since 2009. He is responsible for pipeline and storage tank inspection and assessment technique R&D and integrity management.

Zhanjun Feng, Ph.D., is the senior research engineer at PetroChina Pipeline R&D Center. He has held this position since 2009. He is responsible for pipeline inspection and assessment technique research and development. kjfengzj@petrochina.com.cn.

Jianfeng Chen is vice president of natural gas pipelines for PetroChina and is responsible for all research issues involving the natural gas pipeline company and its subsidiaries.

Hongjun Dong is director of the production department of PetroChina Pipeline Co. and is in charge of work associated with transmission stations and storage tanks.

Choumin Zhao is director of the S&T management department of PetroChina Pipeline Co. and is in charge of R&D project initiation approvals, checks and acceptances. He also is responsible for standards management.