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Title:
CATHODIC PROTECTION REMOTE MONITORING METHOD AND APPARATUS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO2003031686
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
A method for determining the influence of one of a plurality of cathodic protection circuits (20a, 20b, 20c and 20d) along a pipeline includes switching one of a plurality of cathodic protection circuits off, while the reminder of the plurality of cathodic protection circuits are left on, with portable pipe-to-soil potential measurement unit measuring the pipe-to-soil potential along the pieline. From these measurements, a calibration curve is generated and an apparatus for monitoring the cathodic protection circuits is strategically positioned on the pipeline. The appartus includes a remote monitoring unit having a pipe-to-soil potential measurement unit for measuring the potential between the ground bed and pipeline. The remote monitoring unit is off except while making measurements. The remote monitoring unit may optionally include a pipeline current measurement unit connected at a second connection point on the pipeline for measuring the current passing through the pipeline between the first and second connection points.

Inventors:
FOURIE JULIUS W
OOSTHUYSEN JOHAN
Application Number:
PCT/US2002/032532
Publication Date:
October 09, 2003
Filing Date:
October 11, 2002
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Assignee:
ENVIROSENSE LLC (US)
International Classes:
G01R31/12; G01R31/327; G06F11/00; C23F; (IPC1-7): G06F11/00
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