Plant Integrity is leading a collaborative project to drastically improve the ease with which fire sprinkler systems can be inspected for damage.
Utilising ultrasonic guided wave technology - Plant Integrity's specialism - the system will have the potential to inspect entire lengths of straight pipework from a single inspection point and detect millimetre-scale corrosion pits in the pipe wall.
The system will also be able to determine distributed wall loss through corrosion and detect occlusion of the pipe by corrosion by-products or externally introduced foreign material.
A complete solution
SprinkTest will be based around light, portable, sensitive equipment that is capable of both testing on demand and monitoring systems proactively, detecting potential for failure before significant damage occurs.
It will be supported by advanced software that will process signals from the equipment's transducers and extract information that can be used to pinpoint minute defects in sprinkler systems' infrastructure.
The end result will be a practical, portable inspection system delivering quick, cost-effective and detailed inspection of sprinkler system pipework, without disturbing the normal operation of the sprinkler system and its environs.
Part-funded by the European Seventh Framework Programme and set to run for two years from its start date of November 2013, SprinkTest's partners include project leaders Plant Integrity, two other research and technology organisations, four small and medium-sized enterprises and the European Fire Sprinkler Network.
For more information contact Plant Integrity Project Leader Matthew Deere on +44 (0)1223 893994, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org visit www.sprinktestproject.eu.