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Corrosion-Erosion Monitor

The patented ClampOn DSP Corrosion-Erosion Monitor (CEM) has been designed to monitor the average wall thickness of pipes, containers and any large object that requires corrosion/erosion monitoring. The ClampOn CEM system utilizes a unique method of monitoring wall thickness loss by the use of clamp-on sensors. A number of transducers measure corrosion-erosion by transmitting ultrasonic signals that propagate through pipe material. Using ClampOn acoustic transducers means that no drilling or welding that would cause loss of production is required.

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How it works

The working principle of the ClampOn CEM is based on transmitting ultrasonic signals that propagate through the pipe-wall. The dispersive characteristics of a group of guided acoustic waves, called Lamb modes, are exploited to indicate a mean change in wall thickness relative to reference values acquired during the installation of the CEM system.

The permanently installed CEM system ensures that measurements are repeated frequently and in exactly the same manner, thereby eliminating the weaknesses of manual ultrasonic thickness gauging. Wall thickness trends are generated automatically and can be observed in real time.

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Advantages

The Corrosion-Erosion Monitor consists of a Head Unit and up to eight smaller transducers.

The Head Unit processes and controls the signals, communicating with the electromagnetic ultrasonic transducers which are fixed to the selected pipe section. The signal path follows the metal structure between the transceivers in operation, generating a matrix of measurements with thickness information. The number of Head Units and transducers to be used is decided by the client in consultation with ClampOn.

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Corrosion Erosion Monitor

Integration

Our Corrosion Erosion Monitor will be interfaced using digital RS485 to a computer running our corrosion erosion software. The computer will then interface with the Control system using all available interfaces and protocols. It is optional how much data that will be sent across to the control system. As a minimum the average wall thickness will be used.