Applications

Wide Range of Applications

Applications can be expanded and license can be carved out to transportation infrastructure such as bridges, railroad, and highways, and utility infrastructure such as pipelines and dams. Estimated market size of over $3 Billion for bridges in North America.

Low cost, long term sensors suitable for widespread monitoring of infrastructure have been elusive. Measurement drift issues with traditional sensors such as the foil strain gauge have helped to further the development of fiber optic sensor technologies that retain absolute accuracy over time. Despite continuing problems with the handling of somewhat fragile optical fibres in the field, the availability of these sensors has greatly advanced the practice of structural health monitoring; however, total costs of ownership have remained high.

This provides a direct lead-in for our technology that can be applied to a number of different structural health monitoring and integrity applications and markets in which temperature, stress, strain and displacement are key measurands – a small number of which are listed below:

  • Power line infrastructures such as transmission lines, distribution lines, conduits, poles, towers, etc. There are subsidiary markets within these sectors that can be directly addressed by our technology such as, for example, ice build-up monitoring on power lines; sag and temperature of the conductor etc
  • Our technology can be utilized to measure stress/strain of high voltage transformer to monitor certain conditions in the transformer, such as clamping force, to indicate potential leakage of oil or damage to transformer. {High voltage and high current create very strong electromagnetic field which pressure a transformer to the point that it is physically distorted} We can create early warning system to avoid it.
  • Utility infrastructure monitoring such as gas lines/pipes, water dams, water dam anchors. Such installations are also sensitive to ground movement, so multiple sensing objectives are required to monitor the gas lines/pipes for both regular usage and earth movement and shifts;
  • Public infrastructures such as roads, bridges, and buildings. Our technology can provide monitoring capability for not only structural integrity, but also ongoing analysis for normal infrastructure usage;
  • Agricultural monitoring for applications that are humidity and moisture sensitive. Humidity and moisture can directly affect the dielectric properties of the sensor and therefore the directly influence the sensor output;
  • Air quality monitoring for market niches in which air quality consistency is important. Such applications include air pollution sensing for highly populated suburban areas and air quality & poisonous gas sensing for hazardous areas such as refineries, mines, etc.

For all the potential markets, our technology provides the customer with the capability to:

  • Monitor current conditions;
  • Accumulate data history;
  • Forecast future usage patterns;
  • Determine allowable max/min safety limits;
  • Establish maintenance and upgrade schedules where applicable.
  • Improve overall reliability of the electrical grid.

Given the large variety of markets suited for our technology, a single key market is overviewed: Power Line Infrastructures.