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Old 20 November 2017, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Beachlife! View Post
Maybe this is a stupid question. Both my ice-maker and washing machine have hoses which automatically cut of the flow if a leak occurs. Why can't a pipeline do something similar?
I honestly have no idea how the auto shutoff in those devices works, but I'm going to take a guess and guess that they rely on a drop in pressure to detect when there's a leak. Are oil pipelines pressurized, or are they just gravity fed?
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