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Recent advances in pipeline monitoring and oil leakage detection technologies: principles and approaches.

Adegboye, Mutiu Adesina; Fung, Wai-Keung; Karnik, Aditya


Mutiu Adesina Adegboye

Wai-Keung Fung


Pipelines are widely used for the transportation of hydrocarbon fluids over millions of miles all over the world. The structures of the pipelines are designed to withstand several environmental loading conditions to ensure safe and reliable distribution from point of production to the shore or distribution depot. However, leaks in pipeline networks are one of the major causes of innumerable losses in pipeline operators and nature. Incidents of pipeline failure can result in serious ecological disasters, human casualties and financial loss. In order to avoid such menace and maintain safe and reliable pipeline infrastructure, substantial research efforts have been devoted to implementing pipeline leak detection and localisation using different approaches. This paper discusses pipeline leakage detection technologies and summarises the state-of-the-art achievements. Different leakage detection and localisation in pipeline systems are reviewed and their strengths and weaknesses are highlighted. Comparative performance analysis is performed to provide a guide in determining which leak detection method is appropriate for particular operating settings. In addition, research gaps and open issues for development of reliable pipeline leakage detection systems are discussed.


ADEGBOYE, M.A., FUNG, W.-K. and KARNIK, A. 2019. Recent advances in pipeline monitoring and oil leakage detection technologies: principles and approaches. Sensors [online], 19(11), article ID 2548. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 27, 2019
Online Publication Date Jun 4, 2019
Publication Date Jun 1, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 6, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2019
Journal Sensors
Print ISSN 1424-3210
Electronic ISSN 1424-8220
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 11
Article Number 2548
Keywords Leakage; Leak detection; Leak characterisation; Leak localisation; Pipelines; Wireless sensor networks
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