PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART I-JOURNAL OF SYSTEMS AND CONTROL ENGINEERING, cilt.230, ss.932-942, 2016 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
The leakage problem, which occurs due to the high hydrostatic pressure values of the fluid inside the pipes, is a serious issue in most of the pipeline systems. Therefore, the leak tightness test is required in different standards for verification of almost every kind of pipes used in both academic researches and industrial applications. The behavior of the hydrostatic pressure parameter in the test pipe has to be as smooth as possible during the leak tightness test. The conventional control loops of the servo mechanisms used for pumping the test fluid into the test pipe are weak to provide the minimum overshoot, the rise time and the steady-state error. In this situation, hydrostatic pressure tests are not capable of giving meaningful results. In this study, a leak tightness test machine working with a servo control loop to provide the optimum hydrostatic pressure pattern is designed. The efficacy of the designed leak tightness test machine and proposed optimized servo control loop have been shown with both simulation and experimental results.