Potential Research Topics for Research Funding

Update:  13th February:  PRTs under development are listed below, with the contact points if you are interested in collaborating.

  • Non-intrusive metrology for industrial applications – the main idea is to insure a traceability route for on-site industrial application by using non-intrusive metrology. The temperature, pressure range and fluid is not limited and all applications may be investigated (if possible).  Contact florestan.ogheard@cetiat.fr
  • From Jan 2017, Coriolis mass flow metering is mandatory for custody transfer of marine fuel (bunkering) in the Port of Singapore, the largest in the hundred billion dollar global industry. Air entrainment, an important diagnostic condition in Coriolis meters, is unavoidable during the bunkering process, when fuel is transferred from a bunker barge to the receiving ship. This project will explore all aspects of the generation, verification, utilization and standardization of this economically important diagnostic from all stakeholder perspectives, in order to provide an in-depth case study of the benefits of integrating diagnostics into industrial applications, as well as the further development of bunkering standards and procedures.  Contact PLucas@vsl.nl
  • The overall objective is to improve the real-world performance of measurement systems in challenging environments, through a combination of improved understanding of the influence of process variations, the development of in situ validation methods and techniques, and a standard approach to applying a risk or condition based calibration and maintenance schedule.  Contact Andrew.Fisher@tuv-sud.co.uk
  • The overall objective is to provide new data and understanding that will make a substantial contribution to reduced measurement uncertainty and  improvement of the ISO standards for the measurement of wet-gas flow rate. There are significant limitations in the applicability of such standards to industrially-relevant service conditions due to a lack of traceable data and resultant modelling capability.  Contact Andrew.Fisher@tuv-sud.co.uk
  • In order to comply with legislation, flow meters used in (high pressure) gas grids are typically recalibrated regularly. Whereas it is straightforward to calibrate pressure and temperature sensors in situ, this is not possible for flowmeters. Diagnostics of flowmeters can give an indication whether or not the meter is functioning within specifications. Hence, diagnostics can enhance the robustness of gas flow meters, ultimately further ensuring the balance of a gas grid. In addition, though validated diagnostic, it might eventually be possible to optimize recalibration periods. This PRT will therefore focus on the facilities and procedures that are required, from the metrological perspective, to validate current diagnostic on flow meters used in (high pressure) natural gas grids. Contact PLucas@vsl.nl
  • A reliable and affordable water supply is vital for our quality of life. For European manufacturers of domestic water meters and water suppliers to meet present-day demands for accurate metering under realistic conditions, efficient network operation and smart consumption monitoring water meters need to be tested and calibrated close to real-world and not at lab conditions as currently done. This PRT aims to establish the metrological basis for this by developing test rigs and protocols for the assessment of water meters as regards to dynamic load changes, installation conditions, water quality and related measurement uncertainties. Based on the results a virtual flow meter will be developed and input into standardization bodies provided.  Contact markus.juling@ptb.de



A workshop was held on 10th January to identify eligible research topics and partnerships for collaboration.

The discussions identified the starting points for submission of research proposals to the EMPIR funding program or other funding programs.

Five different themes were covered, for which outline notes are available through the links below.

Duncan Jarvis, Euramet, described the EMPIR process and evaluation criteria.  His presentation is available: EMPIR – introduction to the 2017 call.

65 participants from across Europe attended with a mix of one third from academia, one third from industry and one third from NMIs (National Measurement Institutes). The participants details and the sessions they attended are available here: workshop attendees.  For data protection reasons we cannot issue email addresses but please contact us at FMI  or  contact Peter Lucas at VSL (PLucas@vsl.nl),  if you want to be put in touch with someone.

Peter Lucas gave an opening presentation which included a description of an example LNG which is available here.

If you intend pursuing an opportunity, please note the following: