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Monday, 25 April 2016

Innovative study explores new technology

RESEARCHER: John Shamu, a doctoral student who is based at the Flow Process and Rheology Centre (FPRC), recently completed advanced studies related to ultrasound sensor technology on Flow-Viz, an industrial system invented by CPUT and SP - Technical Research Institute of Sweden RESEARCHER: John Shamu, a doctoral student who is based at the Flow Process and Rheology Centre (FPRC), recently completed advanced studies related to ultrasound sensor technology on Flow-Viz, an industrial system invented by CPUT and SP - Technical Research Institute of Sweden

An innovative study focusing on ultrasound sensor technology could give rise to the development of new technology.

John Shamu, a doctoral student who is based at the Flow Process and Rheology Centre (FPRC), recently completed advanced studies related to ultrasound sensor technology on Flow-Viz, an industrial system invented by CPUT and SP - Technical Research Institute of Sweden.

Flow-Viz is a highly specialised industrial fluids characterization system that improves process and quality control within a fluid production line.

Developed by CPUT inventors, Dr Reinhardt Kotzé and Prof Rainer Haldenwang, along with Swedish co-inventor, Dr Johan Wiklund, the industrial system is based on a pulsed ultrasound technology platform including non-invasive sensors.

Thanks to funding from the CPUT Research and Innovation Fund and the Research Directorate, John recently completed two recent stints at SP in Sweden.

Whilst in Sweden, John says he completed tests on novel ultrasound sensor technology that can measure Doppler profiles through high grade stainless steel pipes.

“This information is critical for advanced sensor development,” says John.

With access to high tech equipment, John says he was able to successfully acoustically characterise several industrial sensors with different configurations, using various coupling technologies.

“The research trip was quite enlightening and I got to learn about advanced research methods within my subject area as well as using sophisticated equipment in a different working environment,” says John.

Dr Kotzé, who is one of the inventors of Flow-Viz, says the results of John’s work will be used to develop the next generation of sensors where the ultrasound beam is more optimised for industrial applications and accurate measurements.

Dr Kotzé says John’s research activities are part of the centre’s plan to build infrastructure, develop new skills and ensure sustainability within the Flow-Viz innovation project.

*Students who would like to join the Flow-Viz team, both in SA and in Sweden, can contact Dr Reinhardt Kotzé at kotzer@cput.ac.za

Written by Candes Keating

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Email: keatingc@cput.ac.za

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