Determining the position of hydrate blocks in gas pipelines by a radiowave method

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A radiowave method of detecting and positioning hydrate blocks in pipelines is considered. The method consists in probing a pipeline with a high-frequency nanosecond-duration radio pulse with subsequent measurement of its travel time to the hydrate block and back. Results of a natural experiment and flow charts of a device for determining the position of a hydrate block imitator (ice) in a stub pipe with a diameter of 273 mm. A Gunn diode is used as a generator of microwave pulses with a duration of 10 ns and a basic frequency of 10 GHz. The decay of microwave pulses in the pipe and the potential of the radiowave method are estimated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)594-599
Number of pages6
JournalRussian Journal of Nondestructive Testing
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • gas pipeline
  • hydrate block
  • methane
  • microwave pulse
  • reflectometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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