Valves have a large range of applications, both domestically and within industry, e.g. mining. Over time, a layer of fouling can form inside pipelines. A common example of this fouling is limestone, chalky deposit associated with hard water. This fouling can build up to an extent that pipes and valves can stop working. This can stop production and increase the operational risk. At this point, the valve is rendered unserviceable and needs to be cleaned or replaced.
The CLEANMINE project proposes an effective non-invasive solution, based on an ultrasonic approach, for improving the maintenance of valves in the mining industry and chemical process industries. The solution consists of deploying ultrasonic waves travelling through valves in pipelines for:
- The prevention and/or removal of fouling accumulations
- The reduction of the operational risk
- The reduction of the cost of maintenance
A multidisciplinary consortium consisting of both industrial and academic experts from across the United Kingdom is collaborating to this end. It is anticipated to have a functional prototype system for validation in due course. Updates are available via the project coordinator; Brunel Innovation Centre of Brunel University.
The research leading to these results is co-ordinated and managed by BRUNEL UNIVERSITY and has received funding from the Technology Strategy Board.