Leak Detection Methods

Faucet leaking dripping coins with a pipe filled with coinsWhat is radar detection and how does it work?

A radar detector is a device that identifies radar instruments with radio waves. These devices are used by motorists to know if their vehicle is being monitored by traffic police on highways. In general, radar detectors simply are radio receivers that pick up frequencies used by radar instruments and devices such as radar guns used by police to catch speeding vehicles.

Radar devices used by police cast a wide net while tracking the speed of a specific targeted vehicle. This helps the detector to pick up radio waves even before the vehicle equipped with it comes in close range of the police car.

What is the gas filling leak detection method and how does it work?

Bubbles surfacing in a container filled with air and dipped under waterThe gas filling leak detection method is one of the oldest leak detection methods used by professional leak detecting companies. Here a container is filled with air that is pressurized to an optimal level. The container is then dipped under water. If there is a leak, bubbles will start surfacing.

The leak rate of the appliance or device is measured by collecting these bubbles, measuring their volume and dividing this volume by measured time. It may sound easy but this method needs some precautions when there are high filling pressures. For example, a container containing high-pressure air can burst or explode during the entire testing process. A safe distance between the testing equipment and the operator will ensure safety.

What are Geophones and how do they work?

A geophone is a device that is used to convert displacement or ground movement into voltage. The reading is then recorded at a recording station. Any changes in the measured voltage from the baseline is known as seismic response and forms the basis for analyzing the structure of the earth. Most geophones are used in reflection seismology where the device records the energy waves that are the results of reflection from subsurface geology. The primary focus when that happens is the vertical motion of the surface of the earth.

However, note that some waves travel in a horizontal direction as well. A strong wave that is transmitted horizontally may generate vertical motion negating the impact, as well as information, of weaker vertical signals. Using large areal arrays that are tuned to the horizontal waves' wavelength, one can attenuate dominant noise signals and reinforce the weaker data signals.

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