Extended blockage detection in pipelines by using the system frequency response analysis

Huan Feng Duan*, Pedro J. Lee, Mohamed S. Ghidaoui, Yeou-Koung Tung

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This paper proposes a technique for the detection of extended blockages in pressurized water pipelines by using the system frequency responses under transient conditions. The impact of extended blockages on the system frequency responses is illustrated by using the analytical transfer matrix method, and the results indicate that extended blockages cause the resonant frequencies of the system to shift, and the blockage locations and sizes can be determined by analyzing the occurrences of the resonant peaks in the frequency axis. The analytical derivations of the blockage effect on the resonant frequencies are validated through different numerical experiments, and the applied results demonstrate that the extended blockages in pipeline can be detected by the proposed method as long as the system resonant frequencies are accurately determined. Practical implementations of the findings are discussed at the end of this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-62
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Water Resources Planning and Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - 17 Jan 2011


  • Extended blockage
  • Genetic algorithms
  • System frequency response
  • Transfer matrix method
  • Transients
  • Water pipelines

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