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Fuel leak detection | How it's working?

2023-11-28
Fuel leak detection | How it's working?

A potential fuel spill is not only a potential source of loss for the company, but more importantly a serious threat to the environment. A large stain of flammable gasoline can also be dangerous for employees. To avoid such a potential problem, it is worthwhile to protect all tanks, pipelines and other important points (such as valves) with a leak detection system. An example of such protection is the nVent RAYCHEM TraceTek system.

How does the TraceTek fuel leak detection system work?

The nVent RAYCHEM TraceTek detection system consists of 4 components:

  1. TT5000 series fuel leak detection cable. It is mounted to linear elements of any length, such as pipelines, to detect leaking fuel. In the event of a failure, it sends a signal to the main unit. The cable can also be used for tanks - just install it spirally at intervals according to the instructions to monitor the entire facility.
  2. The TT-FFS fuel probe, set up around fuel tanks. If the container is overfilled and the medium overflows through the top, the probe instantly transmits a signal. An important advantage of this model is that it ignores water runoff, reducing the appearance of false alarms.
  3. SIM interface module. It collects the signal from all the probes and cables connected to it, and then processes and records all the information. It not only monitors the appearance of leaks, but also calculates their position, which greatly helps in repairing failures.
  4. Alarm and location module. This is what triggers the alarm, and also provides the exact location of the fuel leak.Installation and connection of all components of the fuel leak detection system is not only easy, but also fast.

Why use nVent RAYCHEM TraceTek installation?

Fuel leakage from company installations brings many problems. First of all, there are direct losses of this medium. A long-unrepaired failure can lead to high losses. Especially if the lack of fuel brings production lines to a halt. However, this is not the only difficulty. Leaking fuel poses a huge threat to the environment. Therefore, ignoring such a problem will incur a fine.Fortunately, the TraceTek system allows linear, continuous tracking of emerging leaks and instant alerting as soon as they occur. Meanwhile, indicating the exact location makes it easier to quickly repair the damaged component.Installing a solution from nVent RAYCHEM is very popular for monitoring various types of tanks with fuel and other chemicals. It is also ideal for controlling the condition of long pipelines. At the same time, the detection cable is also installed on flanged connections, pumps, valves and other point components that can suffer from natural wear and leakage of the transferred medium.

TraceTek system vs. false alarms

Costlier detection systems, with inferior workmanship, can react just as quickly to a fuel leak from a tank. However, the drawback of many of them is that they generate a large number of false alarms. All it takes is a stronger rain and a swirl of water on an installed probe for it to give a failure signal. For the maintenance crew, this means having to check the situation. If, in addition, the system does not allow the location to be determined, any verification of the alarm is a waste of time and resources. But what's worse is that often repeated signals put people to sleep and mean that the real failure will not be discovered in time.The nVent RAYCHEM TraceTek solution does not react to water, which significantly reduces errors. At the same time, the reported exact location of the leak allows instant on-site inspection - the worker does not have to look for signs of failure all over the tank.

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