MISE-PIPE: Magnetic induction-based wireless sensor networks for underground pipeline monitoring

Zhi Sun, Pu Wang, Mehmet C. Vuran, Mznah A. Al-Rodhaan, Abdullah M. Al-Dhelaan, Ian F. Akyildiz

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Underground pipelines constitute one of the most important ways to transport large amounts of fluid (e.g. oil and water) through long distances. However, existing leakage detection techniques do not work well in monitoring the underground pipelines due to the harsh underground environmental conditions. In this paper, a new solution, the magnetic induction (MI)-based wireless sensor network for underground pipeline monitoring (MISE-PIPE), is introduced to provide low-cost and real-time leakage detection and localization for underground pipelines. MISE-PIPE detects and localizes leakage by jointly utilizing the measurements of different types of sensors that are located both inside and around the underground pipelines. By adopting an MI waveguide technique, the measurements of different types of the sensors throughout the pipeline network can be reported to the administration center in real-time. The system architecture and operational framework of MISE-PIPE is first developed. Based on the operational framework, research challenges and open research issues are then discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-227
Number of pages10
JournalAd Hoc Networks
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Leakage detection and localization
  • Magnetic induction (MI) communications
  • Underground pipelines
  • Wireless sensor networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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