Monday, April 09, 2018

Flow Programme report maps out scope of research for next three years

The new Flow Programme Scope of Work report has been released by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). This three-year strategic document sets out the extent of one of the main science programmes carried out within the UK’s National Measurement System (NMS).

“As part of our NMS remit, NEL is responsible for the flow measurement aspects of the programme,” says NEL’s Managing Director, Brian Millington. “This work contributes to the UK’s international efforts on flow measurement standardisation and knowledge transfer. Under this programme, we will be moving forward strongly in several key technical and research areas, including the measurement and metrology of clean fuels. The work will help unlock the potential of non-fossil fuels such as hydrogen for UK industry and society.”

The main activity areas outlined in the report include the development of new flow measurement research expertise and facilities. They also include the maintenance and improvement of the National Flow Measurement Standards, along with knowledge transfer and overall programme management.

The programme of work is worth over £13.9 million and encompasses over 25 projects ranging from small reviews to multi-million-pound long-term projects. The programme also includes five Engineering Doctorate (EngD) research projects.

The Flow Programme is funded by BEIS, with collaboration and co-funding from other bodies including Scottish Enterprise and TÜV SÜD AG.

The Flow Measurement Special Interest Group within InstMC (formerly the Flow Measurement Institute) was the key agency involved in the development of the programme of work outlined in the report. Other bodies included NPL and LGC. The strategy was reviewed by the independent group of industry and academic experts known as the Programme Expert Group (PEG).  PEG members were also involved throughout the formulation process and provided the final prioritisation of the programme scope.

For more information, contact Brian Millington.


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