New York Institute of Technology authorizes NSF to fund the development of composite pipeline testing

Researchers at the New York Institute of Technology will use more than $350,000 in incentives to develop microwave imaging to test composite pipes.

Source | NYIT

Teachers at the New York Institute of Technology (New York Institute of Technology, New York, USA) received more than $350,000 in scholarships from the National Science Foundation (NSF; Alexandria, VA) for the development of imaging technologies such as non-metallic cylinders. . As a composite oil and gas pipeline.

According to the New York Institute of Technology, composite pipes quickly replace metal pipes in the oil and gas industry due to corrosion resistance, but reliable and fast safety testing of these materials remains a challenge. As a result, Reza Khalaj Amineh and Maryam Ravan, assistant professors of electrical and computer engineering at the New York Institute of Technology, will work with graduate students and undergraduates at the School of Engineering and Computing Science at the New York Institute of Technology to adapt existing holographic imaging techniques to specialized cylindrical objects such as pipeline.

“Developing technologies that help maintain pipeline safety and integrity will support the infrastructure we rely on and help prevent potential environmental disasters,” said Dr. Babak D. Beheshti, Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Science at New York Institute of Technology.

Since 2017, Amineh and Ravan have been working on the project and have received support from NYIT’s internal funding, which paid a price for the launch of the Applied Electromagnetic Research Laboratory (AEMRL). Their new NSF funding goal is to produce a prototype that can quickly and reliably test composites in a variety of applications. If successful, they say the technology will significantly reduce costs and improve system security for oil and gas exploration, urban infrastructure and other pipeline-dependent operations. Other potential applications may include biomedical imaging and safety screening.

The grant will also pay for equipment that performs radio frequency (RF) and microwave measurements, which will be added to existing equipment that Amineh and Ravan acquired or invented for AEMRL. In addition, a $39,000 grant was made to hire student researchers. Amineh and Ravan are actively looking for underrepresented minorities and women to work on the project, with the aim of diversifying the field and increasing the career choices of these groups in the field of electrical engineering.

The project was officially launched on September 1, 2019, although Amineh, Ravan and a student team have begun theoretical and hardware development. Student researchers are helping to develop the theoretical part of the imaging process and are building a cost-effective imaging system based on off-the-shelf components and conducting preliminary tests to understand the capabilities and limitations of the proposed imaging techniques, designed for the proposed The antenna for the imaging setup, as well as the cylindrical scan settings used to design the initial test.

“We are pleased to expand the reach of NYIT, including microwave imaging. Dr. Ravan and I have extensive experience in non-destructive testing (NDT) and near-field microwave imaging, and AEMRL will show our students how to develop low cost, compact , fast, robust microwave non-destructive testing methods,” Amineh said.