make nuron make sense

nuron fibre sensing technology has several areas of novelty which make it unique and beneficial solution for the global wastewater industry.

What Makes nuron Unique?

  • Measurement of flow depth, velocity and temperature at ALL locations and ALL times along a section of sewer,
  • Spatial resolution of 5m over a length of at least 10km,
  • Smooth ragging-free containment system compatible with existing sewer operations,
  • Less than 1% space occupancy in sewer pipes,
  • Robotic installation giving retrofit access even to small diameter pipes,
  • Additional networking fibre to address branched networks and deliver networking capability.

Benefits

Flow Monitoring and System Maintenance

  • Real-time detection of blockage formation using changes in flow depth and velocity,
  • Targeted cleaning and maintenance through detection of solids build up,
  • Early detection of blockages reducing risk of sewer flooding and associated fines,
  • Monitoring of SUDS installations (Sustainable Urban Drainage Schemes) directly or indirectly,
  • Model validation & improvement using dense data capture including diurnal and seasonal variations.

Integrity and Security

  • Detection of infiltration as influx of cold water away from lateral, possibly correlated with rainfall,
  • Real-time detection of burst water pipes as influx of cold water not associated with rainfall events,
  • Real-time alerts on sewer collapse through changes in flow velocity and acoustic properties of the pipe,
  • Detection of crack propagation through repeated crack acoustic signatures at a location,
  • Detection of void formation around sewers prior to formation of sink holes through changes in acoustics,
  • System security monitoring by detection of manhole ingress and nearby works,
  • Detection of unauthorised material dumping through monitoring of sudden changes of flow rate or chamber access.

Active Control

  • Facilitation of active control through real-time monitoring of flow rates at many hundreds of locations,
  • Avoidance of capital expenditure through increased effective system capacity using active monitoring and control,
  • Safe in-system storage of flood water with real-time monitoring to avoid overflows,
  • Intelligent control of CSOs with evidence for strategies to reduce total discharge,
  • Dense data input to machine learning control algorithms used for system optimisation.

Commercial and Reputational

  • Improved reputation through engagement with innovation and improved environmental record,
  • Detection of mis-connections to foul sewer,
  • Analysis of discharge volumes from commercial / industrial users, potentially leading to network metering,
  • Network metering of domestic users via flow rate detection at each inflow point,
  • Improved customer engagement through sharing of intuitive and rich network data,
  • Temperature monitoring for integration with heat recovery schemes.