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Centre for Flow Measurement & Fluid Mechanics

Flow measurement is an integral and vital part of many industrial processes. Plant control, product quality and safety systems are often underpinned by the need to measure flows of liquids, gases and solids. Trade of fuels, industrial feedstock and chemical products relies on accurate measurement of flow. Flow measurement is an essential element of all modern industrial societies.

Our unique combination of expertise and facilities from Coventry University and TÜV-NEL (NEL, the former National Engineering Laboratory), allows us to work across multiple sectors to be the UK’s leading flow measurement and fluid mechanics research centre for the measurement and characterisation of complex flows.

Our Strategic goals are to undertake fundamental research into industrially-relevant complex flows including:

  • Fundamental physics and computational modelling,
  • Novel measurement techniques,
  • Improved flow measurement uncertainty,
  • Understanding regimes in multi-component flows.

We have strong links with strategic partners including:

  • TÜV-NEL who operate the UK National Standard test facilities for flow and density measurement.  World-leading test facilities are available to us for industrial-scale research in multiphase, wet gas, high pressure and high-viscosity oil, gas and water flows. 
  • Flow Measurement Institute: FMI draws together wide-ranging industry involvement, and brings us into direct contact with senior decision makers at a range of global and SME companies and regulatory bodies including: Atout, BP, Cameron, Centrica, ConocoPhillips, Emerson, Schlumberger, Shell, UK Oil and Gas Authority.
  • Universities and research institutes in the UK, Brazil, Norway and other countries.

Current projects include:

  • Coupled electromagnetic and fluid mechanics interpretation of imaging sensors,
  • Condition-based flow meter management,
  • Multi-parameter self-calibrating flow measurement techniques,
  • Improving pressure loss estimations in large-scale flows of high-viscosity oils,
  • Development of advanced tomographic systems for multiphase flow,
  • Flow measurement in high viscosity fluids using hybrid measurement techniques,
  • Online oil-in-water quality measurement devices.