Vapor Extraction Units

INTRODUCTION

Determining the location of a leak in an underground gas line has long posed difficult problems for gas line repair crews. Although the gas line itself is easily located, the soil is often saturated, which makes it difficult to pinpoint the actual location of the leak. As a result, it has not been uncommon for large stretches of a surface, including paved roadways, to be excavated in a somewhat random fashion. This, of course, is costly and time-consuming. In addition, the continuous leaking gas creates a greater hazard the longer the leak continues.

HISTORY

The conception of the Vapor Extraction Unit (V.E.U.) was developed by Atmos Energy. Their challenge was to remove residual gas quickly and safely, while monitoring the percent of gas in the moving air.

SOLUTION AND SUCCESS

An Integral LEL monitor alarms the operator when dangerous gas concentrations are approached. A bypass valve then allows the operator to configure the V.E.U. as necessary. The V.E.U. was so successful at removing residual gas that different applications were explored.

APPLICATIONS

Current applications include the pinpointing of leaks on cast iron pipes and residual gas remediation. Some use the V.E.U. purely for pinpointing leaks. Accurate pinpointing has made "keyhole technology" viable, reduced "dry holes," and increased overall efficiency. Using the V.E.U. for gas remediation allows businesses that may have residual gas underneath or around the foundation to promptly reopen – avoiding expensive downtime.

HOW THE V.E.U. TRAVELS

Truck mounted units are used in the metroplex. Trailer mounted units are used in non-metro areas and are designed to be mobile from district to district.

US Patented

VEU
Weight 1,430 lbs (648 kg)
Height 47.5 in (113 cm)
Width 43 in (109 cm)
Length 65 in (165 cm)
Engine Option Isuzu 3CB1
3 cylinder water cooled
Recommended Engine RPM 2850 rpm
Fuel Consumption 1.5 gal/hr
Fuel Tank Capacity 12 gallons (45.5 L)
Blower Tuthill 850 cfm
Recommended Vacuum 10 in Hg
Maximum Vacuum 15 in Hg
Operating Noise Level 90-100 db
Gas Monitor Industrial Scientific Itrans w/ LEL
Alarm Threshold 25% LEL
Engine Stop Threshold 50% LEL