An integrated in-line fluid characterization system for industrial applications(In-situ fluid mechanics experiments)

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Johan, Wiklund ; Reinhardt, Kotze ; Beat, Birkhofer ; Stefano, Ricci ; Valentino, Meacci ; Mats, Stading ; Rainer, Haldenwang ; SP-Technical Research Institute of Sweden ; FPRC, Cape Peninsula University of Technology ; Sika Services AG ; Information Engineering Department - University of Florence ; Information Engineering Department - University of Florence ; SP-Technical Research Institute of Sweden ; FPRC, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (2015)
  • Journal: ながれ : 日本流体力学会誌 = Journal of Japan Society of Fluid Mechanics, volume 34, issue 3, pages 241-248 (issn: 0286-3154)

In this work we have presented the world's first commercially available embedded in-line fluids characterization system, "Flow-Viz". It has been specifically designed for the non-invasive, in-line, continuous, real-time velocity profile and rheological assessment of opaque, non-Newtonian industrial fluids. The Flow-Viz system has been successfully installed in pilot plants of international companies and used also for academic research. The technology has been applied to a wide range of fluids and industrial applications, e.g. oil, petroleum, food, minerals, chocolate, explosive emulsions, pharmaceutical industry and more. An international patent has been filed. The main limitations of the system include: multiphase flows containing gas, need for reflectors and maximum particle concentration. The challenge is also to convince industry to replace current standard methods.
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