System and method for determining leaks in a complex system

  • US 9,207,143 B2
  • Filed: 11/08/2011
  • Issued: 12/08/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/18/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for testing the integrity of a pressure system, said pressure system having a plurality of fluid control components, a plurality of fluid pathways defined by said fluid control components, and at least one pressure sensor in fluid communication with said plurality of fluid pathways, said method comprising:

  • forming, on an output device of a computer system, an illustration representative of said pressure system, said illustration including a plurality of fluid control symbols reflective of said plurality of fluid control components, said fluid control symbols reflecting at least one of an operating position and a test status of a fluid control component;

    receiving, by the computer system, a selection of an operating position for a first plurality of fluid control symbols to define a first fluid pathway within said illustration;

    receiving, by the computer system, a selection of an operating position for a second plurality of fluid control symbols to define a second fluid pathway within said illustration;

    receiving, by the computer system, a signal reflective of a pressure sensed by said pressure sensor;

    positioning a first plurality of fluid control components to form said first fluid pathway within said pressure system, said first fluid pathway configured to be individually pressurized and including said pressure sensor;

    pressurizing said first fluid pathway to a first test pressure, causing said pressure sensor to generate a signal reflective of a first pathway pressure;

    receiving, by the computer system, said signal reflective of said first pathway pressure at time t1 and at time t2;

    comparing, by the computer system, said first pathway pressure at time t1 and at time t2 and calculating, by the computer system, a first test status of said first fluid pathway from a difference in said first pathway pressure from time t1 to time t2;

    displaying on the output device said first test status;

    positioning a second plurality of fluid control components to form said second fluid pathway within said pressure system, said second fluid pathway configured to be individually pressurized and including said pressure sensor;

    pressurizing said second fluid pathway to a second test pressure, causing said pressure sensor to generate a signal reflective of a second pathway pressure;

    receiving, by the computer system, said signal reflective of said second pathway pressure at time t3 and at time t4;

    comparing, by the computer system, said second pathway pressure at time t3 and at time t4 and calculating, by the computer system, a second test status for said second fluid pathway from a difference in said second pathway pressure from time t3 to time t4;

    displaying on the output device said second test status;

    positioning a third plurality of fluid control components to form a third fluid pathway within said pressure system, said third fluid pathway being configured to receive said pressurized fluid if said first fluid pathway fails to maintain said first test pressure; and

    venting said third fluid pathway to atmosphere.

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