New research shows how a special tool called a noise logger can detect leaks accurately and efficiently, before major roadwork is required.
The world is approaching a water crisis. According to the International Water Management Institute, 33 per cent of the world’s population will experience water scarcity by 2025.
One main cause is leaks. Twenty to 30 per cent of treated water is lost in systems because of this simple and fixable problem.
Repairs need to be as precise as possible because excavation and resurfacing is a costly undertaking. Digging up more than one location, or more area than is needed for the repair, can lead to a problematic domino effect including traffic disruption, commuter frustration and loss of business.
Meanwhile, there are major public health risks associated with contaminants entering the water system through holes in pipes.
Luckily, researchers from Concordia University in Montreal have an innovative solution. In an article recently published by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Tarek Zayed, professor in the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, shows how a special tool called a noise logger can detect leaks accurately and efficiently, before major roadwork is required.
The University of Houston (UH) is a state research university and the flagship institution of the University of Houston System.
Founded in 1927, it is Texas’s third-largest university with nearly 41,000 students. Its campus spans 667 acres in southeast Houston, and was known as University of Houston–University Park from 1983 to 1991. The Carnegie Foundation classifies UH as a Tier One research university. The U.S. News & World Report ranks the university No. 190 (Tier 1) in its National University Rankings, and No. 108 among top public universities.
The university offers over 300 degree programs through its 12 academic colleges on campus—including programs leading to professional degrees in law, optometry, and pharmacy. The institution conducts nearly $130 million annually in research, and operates more than 40 research centers and institutes on campus. Interdisciplinary research includes superconductivity, space commercialization and exploration, biomedical sciences and engineering, energy and natural resources, and artificial intelligence. Awarding more than 8,200 degrees annually, UH’s alumni base exceeds 260,000. The economic impact of the university contributes over $3 billion annually to the Texas economy, while generating about 24,000 jobs.
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Rice University catalyst holds promise for clean, inexpensive hydrogen production
Graphene doped with nitrogen and augmented with cobalt atoms has proven to be an effective, durable catalyst for the production of hydrogen from water, according to scientists at Rice University.
The Rice lab of chemist James Tour and colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Houston have reported the development of a robust, solid-state catalyst that shows promise to replace expensive platinum for hydrogen generation.