Intelligent gasket for leakage detection
Gas, oil, water and many other gasses and fluids are transported by pipelines. Leakage can occur at places where pipes are connected. Consequences of leakages can be spillage, uncontrolled pollution or causing dangerous situations. 2M create a smart gasket sensor system which consists of an intelligent photonics based gasket sensor and monitoring system for remote leakage detection and condition based monitoring and predictive maintenance of gaskets.
This project is made possible by a contribution from the European Regional Development Fund as part of OP-Zuid. Hier wordt geïnvesteerd in uw toekomst! For more information see EFRO.
The direct costs of leakages of fluids and gasses are clear: lost material. Its however the invisible costs that are the biggest:
- Labor to repair leaks
- Material to repair leaks
- Wasted energy
- Plant inefficiency
- Environmental clean-up
- Environmental fines
- Lost sales due to poor image
- Claims for personal injury
Our main focus areas
Safety critical environments
- Petrochemical industries
- Nuclear power plants
- Aggressive & hazardous chemicals
Hard-to-reach working environments
- Offshore plants
- Subsea plants
Hygienic working environment
- Food processing industry
Why preventative maintenance?
Physical presence of experts
- Torque wrenches
- Ultrasonic inspection
- Gasket insertion tools (Flange Skillet™)
- KaMOS® gasket
- Too good to fix; too late to fix
No physical presence of experts required
- Data will be sent to a remote data center (station)
No regular maintenance
- Continuous monitoring of the gasket status
- Pressure & temperature monitoring
- Can be used in safety critical condition
- Hard-to-reach environment
Combing the worlds of torque wrenches and fiber optical technology together into one practical solution.
With a smart design and good selection of material we can convert large pressure and deformation and bring it to a very small amount but small enough so that the fiber can sense it and generate data.
Other challenges include:
- High pressure (force)
- High temperature
- Design analysis
Customers and Deployment
We currently work with a world leading gasket supplier.
2M Engineering – Development/industrialization of innovative medical and industrial (sensor) solutions
FOCE – Fiber-optical communication technology
KeyTec Netherlands B.V. – manufacturer