System response function-based leak detection in viscoelastic pipelines

Huanfeng Duan, Pedro J. Lee, Mohamed S. Ghidaoui, Yeou Koung Tung

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The possibility of leak detection in a viscoelastic pipe system is studied. The frequency response function method (FRFM) is used for leak detection, and the analytical expression for the FRFM originally developed for an elastic pipeline is extended to the viscoelastic situation in this study. The extended FRFM is validated from numerical experiments with one-dimensional viscoelastic transient models. The analysis shows that the pipe-wall viscoelasticity effect has significant impact on the amplitude damping and phase shift of the pressure wave, but little influence on the leak-induced patterns of pressure head peaks in transient system frequency responses. The results indicate that the extended FRFM is applicable to the viscoelastic situation. The impact of viscoelastic parameters and incident wave bandwidth on the applicability of the extended FRFM i also investigated in this paper, and the results imply that transient input signals with rapid changes in time are preferable for leak location in viscoelastic pipelines.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-153
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Hydraulic Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Frequency response function
  • Leak detection
  • Leakage
  • Transients
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Water pipelines
  • Wave bandwidth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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