Research & Innovation Services

University of Bath awarded two new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

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The University has been awarded two new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) from Innovate UK.

Professor Manuch Soleimani from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is leading both projects, worth over £450k for a total of five and a half years.

The companies Professor Soleimani will be working with are Niftylift Ltd and Oil & Gas Measurement Ltd.

Niftylift is a UK owned company renowned for its range of low-weight and innovative Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs), allowing workers to work safely at height.

The increasing emphasis being placed upon health and safety in the workplace has been a driving force behind Niftylift’s impressive growth over the last 30 years.

Thomas Cousins, Product Designer at Niftylift says: “The KTP will produce an intelligent sensor system to further improve operator safety on MEWPs.”

Another partnering company for the second newly awarded KTP is Oil & Gas Measurement Ltd (OGM). They are also a UK owned company, producing state of the art measuring products for crude oil sampling and metering applications.

OGM has accurate and technologically advanced metering products, quantifying the amount and quality of fluids passing through pipes. They have also invested in High Performance Computing (HPC) for modelling pipe flow.

Although the measurement of crude oil flow rate can be done to very high accuracy, its quality measurement remains the ‘elephant in the room’. This is due to the inability of both mixing systems for representative sampling and current water-cut measurement tools to provide the required accuracy, especially when there is salinity.

Professor Soleimani is a world leading expert in developing promising electromagnetic technologies for accurately capturing the composition and dynamics of conductive fluids. The partnership will develop an accurate water-cut meter that is not affected by salinity.

Professor Soleimani says: “These two projects are both very challenging, enabling us to take the technologies that we have pioneered in the University of the Bath Engineering Tomography Lab (ETL) to real industrial application with significant potential impact.”

Dr Wes Maru, R&D Manager of OGM says: “We are combining the expertise of Professor Solemani and ETL with that of OGM, in multiphase fluid mechanics and accelerated computing. As a result we expect a technological breakthrough and subsequent product for an application that has been an Achilles heel of the oil and gas industry for many decades”.

KTP Associates are now being recruited, supported by Research and Innovation Services (RIS).

For further information please contact:

Graham Fisher or Juliet Mather
Research and Innovation Services
Email: ktp@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44(0)1225 38 4975

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