Three industry-focused research projects involving NEL have been submitted as Joint Research Projects (JRPs) to the European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR).
The proposed projects, which have already made it through several review steps, focus on wet-gas meters, domestic water meters and uncertainty research. They will involve collaboration with National Measurement Institutes (NMIs) across Europe, as well as joint working with end users and regulators. All three have been designed to make metrology more applicable to real-world situations.
NEL is leading the first JRP, which will provide data and models to allow a revision of the ISO standards for the use of wet-gas meters. It is hoped that the project will deliver a three-fold reduction in well production measurement errors and deliver substantial productivity gains.
“Currently there are two ISO standards relating to the use of wet-gas Venturi meters,” says Flow Measurement Engineer, Emmelyn Graham. “However, they have limited application for actual field conditions as they are constrained to two-component conditions and ideal installations. This is a real barrier to the uptake of this important measurement technology.”
The second JRP, of which NEL is a partner, has been designed to promote the harmonized evaluation of measurement uncertainty. “The project will provide useful examples to apply the current standard for uncertainty evaluation in real-life situations,” says Dr. Michael Reader-Harris, who is a Principal Consultant at NEL. Reliable statements of uncertainty are needed in many diverse areas of measurement, including metrology in the environmental and energy sectors.
The third JRP, of which NEL is also a partner, is aimed at providing European water meter manufacturers and water suppliers with the capability to assess and calibrate domestic water meters at close to real-world conditions. “There are many situations in which meters experience flows that fluctuate significantly, such as when a washing machine fills in three-second bursts,” says Dr. Reader-Harris. “There are indications that these affect meter accuracy. We aim to look into this to improve regulations and standards.”
The EMPIR programme is run by EURAMET, which is the Regional Metrology Organisation (RMO) of Europe.
For more information, contact Emmelyn Graham and Dr Michael Reader-Harris
Wednesday, November 01, 2017