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Research Interests

Flow Measurement, Fluid Mechanics, Wet Gas Flow, Venturi meters, Differential Pressure, Multiphase, CFD


I initially studied for a (straight to) Masters degree in Physics and Astronomy.  Since then, I have worked for Solartron ISA, an engineering company that make flow meters for the Oil and Gas industry.  Although initially working in Sales, then on an IT project, my expertise as a Development Engineer has led to responsibilty for sizing calculations, wet gas calibrations, and flow metering algorithms.  Undertaking this EngD has allowed for further study of a key principle of one of our flow meter technologies, how the pressure loss ratio is affected by wet gas flow in a Venturi.

PhD Project

Improving the Metering of Wet Gas using horizontally-installed Venturi Meters

van Maanen and de Leeuw (“Modelling of wet Gas flow in Venturi Meters to Predict the Differential Pressure”, 34th International North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop, October 2016) provided a methodology for enhancing current understanding of wet gas flow through a Venturi meter through physical understanding and models developed by Shell for the standard Venturi tappings. This research seeks to expand their results across a large dataset (collated by the author for Solartron ISA) and to extend that understanding to include tappings downstream of the outlet cone. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software may be used to provide additional modelling of test scenarios.
By better understanding wet gas flow throughout the Venturi meter an improved pressure-loss ratio (PLR) based meter will be developed.

Education/Academic qualification

Physics and Astronomy MSci, University of Durham

1 Oct 20001 Jul 2004

External positions

Development Engineer, Solartron ISA (Ametek)

1 Feb 2005 → …


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