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Ultrasonic detection and removal of fouling inside industrial and domestic pipes

Objective

Fouling, as defined in this project, is the presence of unintended and unwanted deposits on the inside walls of industrial plant such as pipes, storage vessels, reactor vessels etc. Its occurrence is widespread though all industries, particularly oil and petrochemical pipelines, petrochemical plant, other chemical plant, pharmaceutical production, food processing as well as in plumbing systems throughout the domestic and industrial sector. Fouling shortens the plant life, increases the need for periodic cleaning and pipe replacement. It also causes contamination of the end products which is especially serious when the fouling involves bacterial biofilms and the products are intended for direct human consumption. In addition pipe blockages, deformation, rupture or corrosion cause by a build up of fouling can lead to major incidents such as explosions involving with threats to human life and plant destruction involving loss of product and jobs. In domestic pipes fouling causes taps and valves to seize up and leaks to occur which leads to expensive plumbing costs in replacement parts, high labour costs, expensive repairs from flood damage and disruption to domestic life. ULTRACLEANPIPE offers a novel solution to the general problem of identifying and then removing fouling in industrial plant as well as domestic plumbing. The system prototype will be designed for application to small bore pipes that arise in the food processing and pharmaceuticals production industry as well as in plumbing systems. This focus is taken because (i) small bore pipes are obviously much more prone to than large ones and (ii) contamination of products intended for human consumption is a problem of the highest order. However it is important to emphasise that the ULTRACLEANPIPE principle can be applied to all kinds of fouling in all industry by the use of a range of ultrasonic probe designs and operating frequencies

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 75 000
Administrative Contact
Deana Thomas (Ms.)

Participants (6)

TECNITEST INGENIEROS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 442 125
Address
Calle Ciudad De Frias 1-Nave 4
28021 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Diego Florez (Mr.)
Ocean Team Scandinavia A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 243 250
Address
Vesterhavsgade 56
6700 Esbjerg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jens Peter Høg Thomsen (Mr.)
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE LIMITED - INNOTECUK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 291 875
Address
Hildersham Road North Wing The Old Livery
CB21 6DR Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Harvinder Johal (Mr.)
H.J. HEINZ COMPANY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 21 250
Address
South Building, Hayes Park
UB4 8AL Hayes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Barry Aspey (Mr.)
KENTRO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS KAI ANAPTYXIS THESSALIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 30 000
Address
Technologiko Parko A Vipe
38500 Volos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Giannis Giakas (Dr.)
NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 29 500
Address
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Albert Nieto (Dr.)