PITA FY2014 Projects

Remote Wireless Thickness Measurement of Natural Gas “Flow Iron” (“Frac Iron”) Components

PI:David W. Greve, Electrical and Computer Engineering

University:Carnegie Mellon University

Co-PI(s):Irving J. Oppenheim, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Industry Affiliate(s):TECHKNOWSERV CORPORATION

Summary:“Flow Iron” (or “Frac Iron”) is used to inject, eject, and to control the flow of fracture fluid in a natural gas well. Millions of Frac Iron components are in service today and must be recertified for safe use from job-to-job. The objective of this project is to adapt wireless ultrasonic thickness gaging technology, developed for pipeline applications, to Frac Iron components and position that technology for commercialization. The market opportunity is significant and is truly a Pennsylvania focused project as the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom continues in the Commonwealth and as TECHKNOWSERV itself is located in Centre County