Leak Detection Cables for Environmental Protection, Safety, and Profits

Leak Detection Cables for Environmental Protection, Safety, and Profits

Leaky tanks and pipes containing various hydrocarbon materials can present a number of serious issues related to maintenance costs and environmental safety.

One issue is that leaks can result in the loss of valuable resources, such as oil or gas, which can be costly to replace. Additionally, leaks can cause damage to equipment and infrastructure, which also can be expensive to repair or replace.

Another issue is that leaks can result in the release of harmful pollutants, such as oil or gas, into the environment. These pollutants can have negative impacts on air and water quality, as well as on wildlife and other forms of plant and animal life. Leaks can also pose a risk of fire or explosion, which can further damage the environment and pose a danger to human health and safety.

Leaking tanks and pipes can also lead to long-term health risks for people living or working near the site of the leak. The hydrocarbon tanks can cause long term exposure to toxic pollutants that may lead to chronic illnesses.

Overall, it is important for companies and organizations to maintain them properly and respond quickly to any signs of leaks in order to minimize the potential for damage to resources and the environment.

Hydrocarbon leak detection cables are a type of sensor that can be used to detect the presence of hydrocarbons, such as oil and gas, in the event of a leak. These cables consist of a series of conductive sensors that are embedded in a flexible cable. The sensors are designed to detect changes in the electrical properties of the surrounding environment, such as changes in resistance or capacitance, that indicate the presence of hydrocarbons.

When the hydrocarbon leak detection cable is installed, it is buried underground or laid out on the surface, surrounding the area or equipment where hydrocarbon leaks are to be detected. The cable is connected to an electronic control unit or monitoring station, which is responsible for analyzing the signals from the sensors and determining whether a leak has occurred.

When a hydrocarbon leaks occurs and comes in contact with the cable, it changes the electrical properties of the surrounding soil or surface and an alarm is triggered. The control unit or monitoring station can be configured to send a signal to a remote location, such as a control room, or sound an audible alarm to alert personnel that a leak has been detected.

The hydrocarbon leak detection cable systems have a central unit that process the data from the cable, usually it uses a microcontroller, this unit is responsible for monitoring the signals coming from the cable, analyzing and interpreting the data and take actions in the event of a leak.

It's important to note that Hydrocarbon leak detection cables are not capable of locating the point of the leak, they only indicate the presence of the hydrocarbons, location of the leak is typically determined by other methods such as visual inspection, ground penetrating radar, or excavation.

Overall, hydrocarbon leak detection cables are a reliable and efficient way to detect hydrocarbon leaks in underground tanks, pipes and other equipment. They allow for early detection and can help minimize the potential for damage to resources and the environment.

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Polymer Absorption Sensors and Elastomer Absorption Sensors Used for Hydrocarbon Leak Detection

Polymer Absorption Sensors Used for Hydrocarbon Leak Detection

Polymer absorption sensors and elastomer absorption sensors are used to detect the presence of hydrocarbons in the environment. Hydrocarbons are a group of chemical compounds that are composed of hydrogen and carbon atoms and are commonly found in fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas.

Polymer absorption sensors work by using a polymer material that is specifically designed to absorb hydrocarbons. The polymer material is coated onto a cable or wire, which is then placed in the environment where hydrocarbon leaks are suspected. When hydrocarbons come into contact with the polymer material, they are absorbed into the polymer, causing a change in the electrical properties of the sensor.

This change in the electrical properties of the sensor can be detected using specialized equipment, which can then be used to alert personnel to the presence of hydrocarbons in the environment. Polymer absorption sensors are typically used in industries such as oil and gas, chemical manufacturing, and waste management to detect and prevent hydrocarbon leaks.

Polymer absorption sensors have a number of advantages over other types of hydrocarbon sensors. They are highly sensitive and can detect very small concentrations of hydrocarbons, they are resistant to corrosion and other environmental factors, and they are relatively inexpensive to manufacture and maintain. However, they are not always the best choice for detecting hydrocarbons in all environments and situations, and other types of hydrocarbon sensors may be needed in some cases.

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Factory Tested, Calibrated, Addressable Leak Detection Systems for Hydrocarbons and Oil Distillates

Addressable Leak Detection Systems for Hydrocarbons and Oil Distillates

Naftosense provides digital, addressable leak detection systems that are factory tested, calibrated, and certified to continuously monitor and display the presence of various hydrocarbons and oil distillates. When any sensor contacts the target liquid (hydrocarbons or oil distillates), it will cause an audible and visual alarm, activate an output relay, and notify the user via remote monitoring. Once detected, the system will also continue monitoring other sensors. Upon detection, the system can shut down equipment and automatically activate ventilation systems. 

Naftosense oil leak detection systems can withstand cable damage or removal of single or multiple sensors without losing the functionality of the remaining active sensors. Naftosense systems will detect and identify as many leaks as the number of installed sensors. In the case of numerous leaks of the target liquid, Naftosense alarm modules continue monitoring all sensors. Naftosense leak detection systems sound additional alarms if liquid spreads or migrates beyond the initial alarming sensor or, in case of a second leak, on another sensor at any location along a sensing system circuit. Finally, if a Naftosense cable breaks, the system will continuously monitor for electrical continuity. A loss of continuity will trigger an audible and visual alarm and a change in the status of a relay. The Naftosense sensing system also identifies the section of the sensing cable where the continuity is lost.

Elastomer Absorption Sensing Cables for Hydrocarbon Leak Detection

Elastomer Absorption Sensing Cables for Hydrocarbon Leak Detection

Hydrocarbon leaks threaten the environment and are a concern for public health. Leaks are a significant concern for many industries, such as tank farms, diesel generator installations, fueling depots, and pipelines, as well as organizations such as oil companies and the military.

Polymer Absorption Sensors or Elastomer Absorption Sensors are sensors that can sense oil and gas leaks. These sensors work because the polymers are sensitive to oil and gas molecules. Elastomer Absorption Sensors detect hydrocarbons and other organic compounds at levels that are otherwise undetectable by other means. This type of sensor utilizes a polymer matrix to detect hydrocarbons on the molecular level without requiring complex equipment or precision instruments, such as acoustic sensors or infrared thermography. It is more sensitive than many existing leak detection sensors. Finally, they provide a non-invasive installation and are a relatively inexpensive detection method.  

Sensing cables based on elastomer absorption technology are composed of semi-permeable internal conductors shielded by permeable insulation. Escaping hydrocarbon fluids contact the inner semi-permeable elastomer jacket, altering the cable's electrical characteristics and providing a reliable and repeatable signal read by the microprocessor. Along the length of the detection cable, the microprocessor can pinpoint the leak location to within one meter and send relevant information to monitoring systems or operators. The Elastomer Absorption Sensor leak detection cable is wrapped around pipelines, buried underground inside channels, or put in a pipe-in-pipe configuration.

For more information regarding any hydrocarbon leak detection requirement, contact Naftosense. Call (614) 350-0911 or visit https://naftosense.com.