Direct and Alternating Current Voltage Gradient Survey (DCVG/ACVG)

Evaluating the pipeline coating with direct and alternating current voltage gradient survey (DCVG/ACVG)

Direct current voltage gradient (DCVG) and alternating current voltage gradient (ACVG) surveys are methods used to evaluate the coating condition of buried pipelines and locate and analyze coating “holidays” or defects.

Direct Current Voltage Gradient Survey

In a DCVG, a direct current (DC) signal is applied to the pipeline and the voltage gradient in the soil above the pipeline is measured. Voltage gradients, as measured between two calibrated reference electrodes spaced apart, arise as a result of the current pickup or discharge at pipeline coating holiday locations.

Alternating Current Voltage Gradient Survey

Similar to a DCVG survey, alternating current voltage gradient (ACVG) surveys utilize an alternating current signal applied to the pipeline to create the voltage gradient at the location of a coating holiday.

Both ACVG and DCVG surveys are known to be more precise in the detection of coating holidays over other methods such as the use of a Pipeline Current Mapper. The DCVG survey is the only method available that can aid in approximating the size of pipeline coating holidays.

Qualified MATCOR technical personnel can conduct DCVG and ACVG surveys in the field oil, gas and water pipelines. Data is then analyzed by NACE certified experts.

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