Smart sensors for controlling oil-water separation processes

Artur J. Jaworski, Tomasz Dyakowski, Graham A. Davies

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In this paper we present a novel approach to designing sensors and instrumentation for monitoring and controlling multiphase processes. Our concept is based on using distributed sensor arrays, embedded within the vital plant components and thus forming smart structures. Distributed information obtained from such devices, coupled with appropriate data processing, could improve our understanding of the nature of multiphase processes and hence improve plant operation. We discuss the requirements for such sensors and, in the experimental part of this paper, present a short case study, conducted at UMIST Pilot Plant facility, to highlight the benefits of using smart sensing techniques in a process environment. We hope that this paper will open a general discussion on sensing multiphase flows.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2001 Engineering Technology Conference on Energy, ETCE2001. Part B
Subtitle of host publicationOffshore and Artic Operations, Pipeline Technology, Production Technology, Tribology
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventEngineering Technology Conference on Energy - Houston, United States
Duration: 5 Feb 20017 Feb 2001


ConferenceEngineering Technology Conference on Energy
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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