January 2012

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Pipeline imaging A group of physicists and engineers in Berkeley, California, have developed a new safety system to monitor and prevent pipeline ruptures by using magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) medi..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Pipeline imaging A group of physicists and engineers in Berkeley, California, have developed a new safety system to monitor and prevent pipeline ruptures by using magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) medical technology to remotely monitor the structural integrity of metal pipelines. The new technology would help prevent failures such as the PG&E pipeline incident in San Bruno, California, as well as other leaks, explosions and disruptions, according to the scientists at 4D Imaging, the Berkeley company that invented and patented the MRI-based pipeline-monitoring system. The system transmits the status of a pipeline to the Internet and gives pipeline operators a real-time picture of the healt

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