The fluids that will be used are particulate suspensions, emulsions and heavy oils, although in the initial phase (2007-2009), the emphasis will be on suspensions. The multidimensional approach adopted by the modelling activity, due to the nature of the flow phenomena, will also be reflected in the experimental work. It will therefore be an overall goal - and challenge - to develop the flow loops and the scientific instrumentation to enable detailed, local, cross-sectional measurements, as required by the modelling efforts. This, we believe, will be a pre-requisite in order to obtain new fundamental understanding in the field.
The different flow loops and test equipment that are available amongst the partners of the FACE Centre cover a large range of pipe diameters and pressure ratings. It is our ambition to utilise the available infra-structure to the benefit of the FACE Centre, for example to study scalability of the models. In particular, we will aim at, and encourage the exchange of instruments between the laboratories.
Published December 11, 2007
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