Project: Sensor development and calibration method for inline detection of viscosity and solids content of non-Newtonian fluids

Non-Newtonian fluids, which include paint, blood, soup, and drilling fluids, contain a large amount of solids and have a viscosity that changes as they are sheared or stretched. For example, the viscosity of non-drip paint reduces as it becomes thinner when being applied to a wall. The underlying physics of non-Newtonian liquids affects the measurement of viscosity meters, but the resulting uncertainty and inaccuracy have never been systematically evaluated. The highest need for traceable, accurate, non-Newtonian viscosity measurements is in the energy sector. This project will map out fundamental measurement uncertainties of existing tools and carry out a review of the physics that impacts the viscosity of non-Newtonian liquids to produce a new metrology standard. Ultimately this will improve operational efficiency in the energy sector and enable the construction of more complex oil and gas wells to reach reservoirs in challenging locations

Acronym ENG59 NNL (Reference Number: ENG59)
Duration 01/05/2014 - 30/04/2017
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2013 - Energy and Environment

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 VSL B.V. Coordinator Netherlands
2 Conservatoire national des arts et metiers Partner France
3 Institut za mjeriteljstvo Bosne i Hercegovine Partner Bosnia and Herzegovina
4 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Partner Italy
5 Instituto Português da Qualidade, I.P. Partner Portugal
6 Eidgenössisches Institut für Metrologie METAS Partner Switzerland
7 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
8 Shell Global Solutions International B.V. Observer Netherlands
9 International Research Institute Of Stavanger AS Norway