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:


Joint FMI-EURAMET TC-Flow Research Collaboration Workshop

Coventry University Faculty of Engineering, Environment & Computing, 10th January 2017

This workshop is designed for organisations who have an interest in the next generation of collaborative Flow Measurement Research & Development.

Participants will discuss key themes and projects for research, and prioritise these as targets for collaborative research proposals to a range of funding sources, including EMPIR.  Workshop delegates will be encouraged to signal their interest in directly participating in any resulting collaboration and through this we hope to facilitate the creation of consortia.

There is no charge for the workshop, but participants are asked to pre-register.  Details of the outline programme and registration are at:www.eventsforce.net/cu/3544/home

The event flyer is available to download below.

2016 FMI Conference Programme

The second FMI Conference will be hosted by Coventry University on 19th and 20th July 2016 and can be booked on line now.

Book here – www.eventsforce.net/cu/3356/home

The cost has been kept to an affordable level to encourage a large uptake of places.  It is £50 per delegate.

The conference is open to anyone with research interests in flow measurement across all disciplines and sectors, with themes that mirror the FMI R&D priorities:

  • Measurement & Meter Technologies
  • Enhanced Data Capture & Analysis
  • Flow Modelling & Fundamental Fluid Mechanics
  • Advanced Calibration Techniques/ Methodologies

The programme is shown below and can be seen here – FMI Conference Programme

Book here – www.eventsforce.net/cu/3356/home

Time Activity Who Organisation
Day 1
10:00 Registration
10:30 Welcome Michael FitzPatrick

Executive Dean of Engineering, Environment & Computing

Coventry University
10:40 Plenary paper –Flow Needs Analysis Findings Muir Porter NEL
11:20 Numerical simulations of gas-liquid flows in pipe sections and a Venturi flowmeter P Verdin Cranfield University
11:40 An Experimental Investigation on the Gas/Liquid Flow Behaviours  in a Venturi Flowmeter K Salam Cranfield University
12:00 Flow Measurement for Carbon Capture and Storage – have we been addressing the right question? Alex Hunt Woodview Technology Ltd
12:20 Poster session including LUNCH
13:50 Two-phase flow metering of heavy oil with Coriolis Mass Flow Metering: formal trials at NEL M Henry Oxford University
14:10 Optimizing separator operations with advanced Coriolis measurement H Cassellas Emerson
14:30 Complex Bandpass Filtering for Coriolis Mass Flow Meter Signal Processing Ming Li Oxford University
14:50 Latest Research of Process Condition Effects on Coriolis Flowmeters T Wang Krohne
15:25 Process Nowcasting – beyond flowmetering Andy Hunt Coventry University
15:45 Two-phase flow measurement through particle filtering and electrical capacitance tomography Ross Drury Coventry University
16:05 Application of Machine Learning Techniques in Flow Meter Diagnostics K Gyamfi Coventry University
16:25 Clamp-on Microwave – A new tool for flow diagnostics P Sharma Cranfield University
16:45 END
 17.00 Conference Dinner – Networking Buffet
Day 2
09:20 Plenary paper – Just what are we calibrating? Ron Sangster FMI Skills Group
10:00 CFD Modelling and Validation of a V Cone meter W Dempster Strathcylde University
10:20 CFD Modelling of a V Cone Meter for Wet Gas Conditions W Dempster Strathcylde University
10:55 The benefits of combining chordal and reflective paths for ultrasonic gas flow meters T Sautier Emerson
11:15 Flexural Ultrasonic Transducers and Phased Array Prototypes for Flow Measurement Applications L Kang Warwick University
11:35 Experimental Study on Oil-Water Two-Phase Flow Velocity Measurement with a Combination of Ultrasound Doppler and Gamma Densitometer B Abbagoni Cranfield University
11:55 Posters Review and Awards TBA
12:15 Networking LUNCH
13:00 Dynamic variability of axisymmetric, non-buoyant jet in a rotating reference frame I Atthanayake Warwick University
13:20 Particle-Laden Rotating-Drum Flows and Positron Emission Particle Tracking P Thomas Warwick University
13:40 Flow measurement  using low frequency flexural transducers and basic, low cost electronic components I Smart Warwick University
14:00 Direct numerical simulation of a turbulent curved pipe flow T Wang Warwick University
14:20 Closing Remarks Andy Hunt Coventry University

Book here – www.eventsforce.net/cu/3356/home

Have Your Say About Research Funding

Many people complain about the lack of investment in flow measurement.  Now you have an opportunity to do something about it.

EURAMET, the body that supports metrology research in Europe, is seeking independent experts to help them assess funding proposals, including those relating to flow metrology.

If you would like to be considered as a EURAMET referee, please register using the link below and clicking on “Referees REGISTER HERE”.

Registering as a referee does not exclude you from participating in EURAMET projects. If you have registered in previous years, please do so again as your information may require updating.



2016 Research Funding Opportunities in Europe

In 2016, there will be three calls for metrology research proposals under  EMPIR (European Metrology Programme for Innovation & Research) that may be of interest to FMI members.  These are on the general themes of:-

  • Metrology for Energy – €20m EU support available
  • Metrology for Environment – €20m
  • Normative (research for metrology standardisation) – €4.6m

NEL intends to take forward the best-supported flow metrology research topics of those identified in the FMI strategy document.  It therefore encourages FMI members to get in touch for early, no-obligation discussion of their research priorities.   Please contact David Crawford at NEL on 01355 220222 or by email: David.Crawford@tuv-sud.co.uk

The call documents and call process will be published in the coming months.  In the meantime please see the EURAMET website for more detail – http://msu.euramet.org/future_calls/index.html

Please note that this posting is on behalf of NEL, which is both an FMI and EURAMET member organisation. FMI members are free to participate in EMPIR independently of NEL should they wish to.   The call will be open for participation to European research institutes, industry, academia and others.

Do they know what’s important?

BIS, the UK Government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills, has asked NPL to co-ordinate a strategy for the current and future requirements for measurement in the UK.   This survey covers all areas of measurement science and we want to ensure that flow measurement is given due consideration.

To have your say on any flow subjects of concern, such as those in the Priorities document, please complete the survey which is available here.

The deadline for contributions is 4th December.

It is very important to do this because flow measurement has not had the level of support it deserves at national level for several years

As well as contributing to the general consultation, FMI is co-co-ordinating more comprehensive responses.  To be involved, please get in touch with us before 23rd November.

Have your say on ‘Flow Measurement Challenges in European Industry’

EURAMET is the overarching institute for metrology in Europe and has funded over 100 metrology research projects through its research programmes EMRP and EMPIR.

Here are some examples of flow metrology projects that have been funded so far:

Metrology for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Multiphase Flow Metrology for the Oil & Gas Industry 

Metrology for Biofuels 

Metrology for Drug Delivery 

EURAMET’s Technical Committee for Flow (TC-Flow) is carrying out a survey to identify flow measurement challenges in European industry. The information gathered will inform the development of flow metrology research proposals to be submitted for funding by EURAMET through its EMPIR Research Programme. European industry and academia are eligible to apply for funded participation in this programme, for which the survey will help identify priorities for 2016. The survey can be found here. 

The survey closing date is Monday 30th November 2015.


Facilities for Testing and Reseach

The following is a work in progress.

The Infrastructure Group are compiling a reference list of organisations which provide flow measurement facilities for testing and research purposes.   To be included they must be available for 3rd parties, and not be solely for internal use.

If you know any that are missing, please let us know using this form.

If you are involved in any of the facilities and would like to send us details about capabilities, accreditations and industry sectors served we will gladly use this information.

Chell Instruments
DNV GL Flow Centre
Envogen instrument services
Flow hire
H&D Fitzgerald
Sensing Precision
Young Calibration
Bureau Veritas
Center of Oil Recovery (COREC)
Institute for Energy Technology
EON Ruhrgas
Multiphase Flow Assurance Innovation Centre
NMI Euroloop
Pigsar, EON Ruhrgas
TransCanada Calibrations

We are also keen to find out more about facilities at the following Universities and would like to receive datasheets, capability information and/or weblinks:

Cambridge, Coventry, Cranfield, Edinburgh, Herriot Watt, Huddersfield, Imperial College, Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, Salford, Strathclyde.

Use this form to send details or to contact us for a direct email address.