P15671: Expansion Joint Health Monitoring Data Acquisition

Problem Definition

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Project Summary

Garlock Sealing Technologies is seeking to improve the performance of their expansion joints by developing a robust monitoring system. An expansion joint is a rubber and fabric component that provides a flexible joint between two different types of piping. The expansion joint is subject to high pressure, high temperature, and chemical attacks. The purpose of this project is to develop a monitoring system that can withstand these conditions while giving feedback on the expansion joint’s current state. The current sensing package has very limited capability and is not very robust.

The updated monitoring system must meet minimum thermal, mechanical and pressure cycles. The system must also be able to connect to a DAQ program and accurately monitor temperature, pressure, position and system strain. It must be battery powered and have internal storage. The sensor package must be able to be integrated with any EJ larger than 4 inches. Testing will have to be done at both Garlock and RIT.

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

At the end of this project the customer can expect a fully functioning device capable of monitoring the different types of information that an expansion joint will face. As well, the end goal is to create a device that is strong enough to withstand various environments, is portable, battery powered, and easy to implement onto expansion joints of different size.

Customer Requirements (Needs)

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

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