Principal Consultant, and leading ISO standards expert, Dr Michael Reader-Harris, visited Japan recently on a speaking and fact-finding mission. His trip was a great success, helping raise the profile of TUV SUD NEL in the country thereby paving the way for more interchange between Japan and the UK on metrology issues.
“The welcome I received was outstanding,” Michael says. “I was asked to speak on ‘flow measurement: some problems to solve and some surprises’. This topic was very well received, although working with a translator was an interesting experience.”
Michael addressed a large and appreciative audience at the National Measurement Institute of Japan’s (NMIJ) Metrology Club in Tokyo and he also spoke to over 200 manufacturing staff in Yokogawa. In his talks, he gave particular emphasis to wet gas and differential pressure (dp) meters, but also included high-viscosity and multiphase meters as well as other related issues. He used images from TUV SUD NEL’s facilities to illustrate his talks. He also visited the NMIJ and met its Chief Executive.
“The facilities at the NMIJ are very impressive,” he says. “They have a new micro flow facility, beautiful sonic nozzles and a huge hot water facility (16”, 80°C, Reynolds number greater than 10 million), alongside kerosene and small hydrogen facilities.”
Michael reported that this equipment holds the potential for many fascinating future research projects, for example gaining a better understanding of Venturi tubes at high Reynolds number.
As Chairman of ISO/TC 30/SC 2, Michael met the Convenors of the Working Groups that are starting work on the Revision of ISO 5167-3 (subsonic nozzles) and the Revision of ISO 9300 (sonic nozzles).
“I gave advice on how to proceed efficiently and effectively,” Michael says. “Completing this project quickly is particularly important as BSI CPI 30/2 is planning next year to propose the revision of all the parts of ISO 5167.”
Michael also made presentations about TUV SUD NEL and ISO standards to a more senior group of manufacturers in Yokogawa, visited a factory where dp meters are manufactured and made contact with a number of key researchers who are interested in international collaboration on issues such as transmitter calibration.
For more details, contact Dr Michael Reader-Harris.