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EPSRC Reference: GR/M47720/01
Principal Investigator: Swithenbank, Professor J
Other Investigators:
Whitehouse, Professor CR Sharifi, Professor VN
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Pre Nexus Migration Sheffield Heat & Power Ltd
Department: Chemical & Biological Engineering
Organisation: University of Sheffield
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 May 1999 Ends: 30 April 2002 Value (£): 240,001
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Design of Process systems
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The requirement for precision and accurate means of measuring industrial process variables i high temperature conditions has created interest in the development of a new self-contained cc measuring appliance. In the present proposal, funding is requested to construct a prototype contained ball instrument specifically for in-situ measurements and to develop its supporting hard and software. The ball instrument consists of built-in sensors and recording electronic comp fitted in capsules made from stainless steel, refractory fibre and/or ablating resin. For temperature conditions, the sensors and electronics within the capsule are protected by al cooling, a novel cooling technique perfected by space shuttle heat shield technology. measurement technique differs from conventional methods of measuring in that the ball instrument can be introduced into the feed to the processing unit and passes through with the raw materi hence experiences the exact conditions as the material being process. The capsule is recovered end of the process and the recorded data downloaded from its electronic memory unit. Success development of such a measuring instrument would be beneficial to a broad range of proce manufacturing industrial sectors such as incineration, coal gasification, steel sinter process, arc S, in which high accuracy of measurements in close vicinity to the material being processed is required.
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