doi: 10.17586/2226-1494-2022-22-3-610-622

Monitoring of infiltration processes in hydraulic structures using distributed acoustic sensing technology

A. V. Timofeev, D. I. Groznov

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Timofeev A.V., Groznov D.I. Monitoring of infiltration processes in hydraulic structures using distributed acoustic sensing technology. Scientific and Technical Journal of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, 2022, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 610–622. doi: 10.17586/2226-1494-2022-22-3-610-622

The article proposes a new method of monitoring the infiltration processes developing inside the body of hydraulic structures. The method is based on the use of DAS (distributed acoustic sensing) fiber-optic technology which provides high spatial continuity of hydraulic structure seismoacoustic field analysis; digital twin infiltration dynamics and efficient signal processing methods based on machine learning. As a distributed sensor of the object’s seismoacoustic field, a DAS system is used the fiber-optic sensor of which is installed inside the body of the structure according to the principle of maximum coverage. The infiltration activity inside the structure body is estimated based on the analysis of an infiltration flows ensemble which are detected and classified by machine learning (ML) methods. These infiltration flows are sources of seismoacoustic emission and are therefore confidently detected by the DAS system. A digital twin of the infiltration dynamics based on the equations of mathematical physics is used as the normal basis for estimating the current state of fluid activity in the body of the structure. The risk of a structure failure under the influence of the observed infiltration flow is estimated within the framework of the proposed formal method based on the digital twin data. Based on the analysis of Data Set, consisting of real signals of infiltration processes, the high efficiency of detection and classification of this type of signals with the special ML-classifier included in the monitoring system is proved. A digital twin model of the infiltration processes dynamics in the body of a hydraulic structure is proposed. On the basis of the digital twin model, a method for estimating the risk of damage to the body of a hydraulic structure, which may occur as a result of the observed infiltration activity, is proposed. The method of controlling infiltration processes inside hydraulic structures can be used to monitor the operational condition of almost any hydraulic structures, including those in the cryolithic zone.

Keywords: DAS, infiltration process, machine learning, classification, hydraulic structures, tailings monitoring, dam monitoring, SVM, digital twin, cryolithozone, Darcy’s equation

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