13 May 2015 Distributed temperature and distributed acoustic sensing for remote and harsh environments
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Advances in opto-electronics and associated signal processing have enabled the development of Distributed Acoustic and Temperature Sensors. Unlike systems relying on discrete optical sensors a distributed system does not rely upon manufactured sensors but utilises passive custom optical fibre cables resistant to harsh environments, including high temperature applications (600°C). The principle of distributed sensing is well known from the distributed temperature sensor (DTS) which uses the interaction of the source light with thermal vibrations (Raman scattering) to determine the temperature at all points along the fibre. Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) uses a novel digital optical detection technique to precisely capture the true full acoustic field (amplitude, frequency and phase) over a wide dynamic range at every point simultaneously. A number of signal processing techniques have been developed to process a large array of acoustic signals to quantify the coherent temporal and spatial characteristics of the acoustic waves. Predominantly these systems have been developed for the oil and gas industry to assist reservoir engineers in optimising the well lifetime. Nowadays these systems find a wide variety of applications as integrity monitoring tools in process vessels, storage tanks and piping systems offering the operator tools to schedule maintenance programs and maximize service life.
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Michael Mondanos, Tom Parker, Craig H. Milne, Jackson Yeo, Thomas Coleman, Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, "Distributed temperature and distributed acoustic sensing for remote and harsh environments", Proc. SPIE 9491, Sensors for Extreme Harsh Environments II, 94910F (13 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2179504; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2179504
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