What is Tracer Gas Leak Detection?
Tracer gas leak detection is often a service used when leaks are difficult to locate. But, how is tracer gas used?
Hydrogen, or nitrogen, tracer gas is set off into the pipe with the suspected leak issue using a cylinder of gas. The tracer gas that is used is completely safe as it is a combination of 5% hydrogen and 95% nitrogen, meaning that it is safe to use for drinking water pipes as it is non toxic and non corrosive. Once the tracer gas has been put into use, the hydrogen will exit the leak point and be detected by the highly sensitive gas detector.
The principle behind tracer gas leak detection is relatively simple. A small amount of the tracer gas, typically a non-toxic and non-flammable substance such as helium or hydrogen, is introduced into the system or structure under investigation. If there is a leak present, the tracer gas will escape and disperse into the surrounding environment. Specialised sensors or detectors are then used to analyse the air and identify the presence of the tracer gas. By tracking the concentration of the tracer gas, the leak source can be pinpointed with a high level of accuracy.
Another advantage of tracer gas leak detection is its versatility. It can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications, and it is effective in various environments and conditions. Tracer gas leak detection can identify leaks in complex systems with multiple potential leak points. It is also applicable to different types of gases and liquids, making it a versatile solution for a wide range of industries.
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