Nondestructive Monitoring of a Pipe Network using a MEMS-Based Wireless Network

Shinozuka M., Chou P. H. , Kim S., Kim H. R. , Yoon E., Mustafa H., ...More

Conference on Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2010, California, United States Of America, 8 - 11 March 2010, vol.7649 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 7649
  • Doi Number: 10.1117/12.848808
  • City: California
  • Country: United States Of America


A MEMS-based wireless sensor network (WSN) is developed for nondestructive monitoring of pipeline systems. It incorporates MEMS accelerometers for measuring vibration on the surface of a pipe to determine the change in water pressure caused by rupture and the damage location. This system enables various sensor boards and camera modules to be daisy-chained underground and to transmit data with a shared radio board for data uplink. Challenges include reliable long-range communication, precise time synchronization, effective bandwidth usage, and power management. The low-cost MEMS technology, saved wiring cost, and simple installation without destructive modification enable large-scale deployment at an affordable cost.