Helium is well known as Helium that makes balloons and airships float and in its liquid form, Helium is used in a variety of applications including cooling for magnets in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners, cooling infrared detectors, and as a superconductor coolant in the large hadron collider at CERN. Helium is distilled from natural gas deposits that have collected in the presence of Uranium and Thorium. These radioactive elements produce Helium when they undergo alpha decay1 and the gas remains trapped along with the natural gas until it is extracted. The presence of Helium together with natural gas was first discovered in 1903 in Kansas2 and since then the physical qualities of Helium (inertness, lightness, extremely low liquid temperature) have made its use essential in a number of areas in industry and science, as well as it being a mainstay at birthday parties. In levels of 0.3% by volume in natural gas deposits, Helium is deemed to be worth extracting3 and some natural gas deposits are reported to contain up to 7% Helium by volume.
Air Liquide Selects AMETEK Land`s Thermal Imaging Technology to Gain Furnace Know-How
AMETEK Land has supplied its Near Infrared Borescope (NIR-B) 3XR, an enhanced thermal imager, to the world leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and health, Air Liquide, which is now gaining know-how by continuously measuring temperature of tube walls within its steam methane reformers (SMR). Air Liquide’s steam methane reformers, which produce industrial hydrogen and carbon dioxide gases, are critical assets, and their safe and reliable operation is of paramount importance. However, they...
3D Offshore Imaging for Seawater Intake for Desalination Plants - Case Study
AGI’s Multi-Electrode Switch Box is an accessory to the SuperSting Wi-Fi. It allows the SuperSting Wi-Fi to automatically control and switch passive electrodes connected by a passive multi-electrode cable for automatic data acquisition in 2D, 3D, and 4D surveys. The rugged and sealed design makes it ideal for harsh environments like sub-surface, marine and borehole measurements, and long-term monitoring systems. The Multi-Electrode switch box is also available with banana socket connector for each electrode...
Installation of the fixed gas detection
OC-F08 fixed gas monitor with the original imported sensor used to detect the Oxygen gas, combustible gas, toxic gas, CO2, etc. With the different working principle, Electrochemical sensor for O2 and toxic gas, Catalytic combustion sensor for combustible gas, PID sensor for the VOC, Infrared sensor for the CO2 gas, also the Laser methane alarm. OC-F08 online gas detector with the 4~20mA signal output or the RS485 signal output selectable, could be connected with the PLC, DCS and other control system. With the...
Gas Hydrate Breakdown Unlikely to Cause Massive Greenhouse Gas Release
The breakdown of methane hydrates due to warming climate is unlikely to lead to massive amounts of methane being released to the atmosphere, according to a recent interpretive review of scientific literature performed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Rochester. Methane hydrate, which is also referred to as gas hydrate, is a naturally-occurring, ice-like form of methane and water that is stable within a narrow range of pressure and temperature conditions. These conditions are mostly found in...
QuadOa and OGI: how EPA regulations are changing the way we look at gas leaks
Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published Regulation 40 CFR, Part 60, Sub-part OOOOa, commonly known as Quad Oa, and finally brought optical gas imaging (OGI) firmly into the mainstream. This presents a major shift in the way fugitive emissions are regulated, and the technology that can be used. Detecting and acting on gas leaks is naturally a major concern for oil and gas operators, and a challenging problem to address. OGI technology started to play a role about ten years ago,...