Posted: 11 Jul 2018

Atmos Wave has been a staple in Atmos International's innovative profile of leak detection systems (LDS) for nine years and is implemented on numerous large-scale pipelines. The R&D team at Atmos has been hard at work putting the full Wave system into a portable demo unit to showcase at events around the world, with the first being NWG’s Innovation Festival in Newcastle, UK.

Harry Smith and the Atmos Wave Demo Unit at NWG Innovation Festival

Harry Smith and the Atmos Wave Demo Unit at NWG Innovation Festival

The Atmos Wave Demo Unit allows Atmos engineers to create a fully working ‘pipeline system’ using plastic tubing, pressure sensors, and valves. They can then introduce a leak at any of the valves to show how the system identifies and locates leaks accurately and reliably using Atmos Wave.

When a leak occurs, a rarefaction wave travels in both directions along a pipeline. Using fast response pressure meters, Atmos Wave filters the pressure signals to find those with the frequency and magnitude of a leak. The time at which the pressure signal reaches each pressure meter is used to determine the location of the leak extremely accurately.

Harry Smith, Sales and Research Engineer at Atmos, says “Screenshots and videos are good but being able to demonstrate the introduction of a leak and have our Wave Demo Unit catch it in real-time shows just how good the Atmos Wave leak detection system is.”

Our Atmos engineers are currently demonstrating the Wave Demo Unit at the NWG Innovation Festival. Hosted by Northumbrian Water, the Festival is a truly unique event, taking 13 problems societal and environmental problems, including water leakage, and applying design thinking techniques to try to solve them in five action-packed days.

To learn more about Atmos Wave and other leak detection systems, click here.

To find out more about the NWG Innovation Festival, visit