SPICE™ (Steel Pipeline Inspection for Corrosion Evaluation under Thermal Insulation).
Working in conjunction with our partner, SolidTech AS of Norway, ITL has developed SPICE™. SPICE™ was funded under the Eureka Program and achieved the 3rd highest score in all of Europe against stiff competition such as large multinational corporations and world famous research Universities.
This is a novel leakage and corrosion under insulation (CUI) inspection system which constantly monitors 24 hours a day. SPICE™ is a breakthrough technologically with advantages SoA can not emulate, and will thus open a new market to inspection companies operating within corrosion management.
There are globally over 2 million km of overland pipelines, of which 30% are within Europe or supplying resources to the EU. This includes pipes in chemical plants, refineries etc. Corrosion defects are often hidden under layers of insulation often covered in metallic outer cladding. Early detection with existing SoA is difficult and costly. We developed a novel SPICE™ Condition Health Monitoring System to aid in the early detection of corrosion and prevent leakages which are environmentally damaging and economically costly.
SPICE™ uniquely detects corrosion defects under thermal insulation based by using Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS). Only now with the modern computer processing power and algorithms, it is possible to use EIS for real-time detection of corrosion and other mechanical defects under thermal insulation in distributed industrial infrastructures such as overland pipelines and industrial plants. More on this product.