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Steerable Air-Coupled Ultrasonic Technology for Flow Measurement and NDE Applications

Objective

Accurate flow measurement has become increasingly important for many key industrial sectors including oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical process industries, as well as various military and government operations. While ultrasonic flow measurement offer numerous advantages, there remain many challenges that need to be overcome while making ultrasonic flow measurement both accurate & reliable, especially for applications in gas medium. In order to tackle these issues, complex yet cost effective flow measurement instrumentation development is fundamental.

Specifically, this SACUT MC-IAPP project involves design, construction and testing of novel ultrasound measurement system for air-coupled ultrasonics, primarily for flow measurement but also for generic Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) applications. This will be achieved through effective knowledge transfer and collaboration between the four principal partners; Prof. Steve Dixon (University of Warwick: Lead Academic Partner and program coordinator, based in the UK), Dr. Nishal Ramadas (Elster NV/SA: Lead commercial partner, based in Belgium), Mr. Andy Whittle (PeakNDT: SME, based in the UK) and Prof. Mario Kupnik (BTU-Cottbus: Academic partner, based in Germany).

Prof. Steve Dixon (Program coordinator) and Prof. Mario Kupnik (the other academic partner from BTU-Cottbus) are leading experts in the ultrasound field, and their respective departments have a wide range of excellent facilities and expertise that is directly relevant for carrying out this research work successfully. Elster NV/SA, the lead commercial partner involved in this research, is a world leader in ultrasonic instrumentation for gas application, with over two decades of experience. PeakNDT Ltd., the other principal partner involved in this research, is a world leading expert in the development of electronics hardware especially for ultrasonic phased array instrument, for NDE application.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IAPP
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
United Kingdom

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Navdeep Bains (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 751 591,27

Participants (7)

ELSTER NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 24 880,76
Address
Birminghamstraat 66
1080 Bruxelles

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arjan Stehouwer (Mr.)
PEAK NDT LIMITED

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United Kingdom
Address
St John Street 51
DE6 1GP Ashbourne Derbyshire

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anthony Gerrard (Mr.)
BRANDENBURGISCHE TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT COTTBUS-SENFTENBERG

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Platz Der Deutschen Einheit 1
03046 Cottbus

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wolfgang Schröder (Mr.)
BRANDENBURGISCHE TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT COTTBUS-SENFTENBERG

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Germany
Address
Platz Der Deutschen Einheit 1
03046 Cottbus

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mario Kupnik (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 247 402,30
Address
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Melanie Meermann-Zimmermann (Dr.)
DIAGNOSTIC SONAR LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 363 239
Address
Baird Road Kirkton Campus West
EH54 7BX Livingston

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-J Gassert (Mr.)
ELSTER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 80 123,12
Address
Steinern Strasse 19/21
55252 Mainz Kastel

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Piet Platschorre