Zak Latif

Technical Lead for TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory's Advanced Multiphase Facility

Technical Lead for TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory's Advanced Multiphase Facility

Zac LatifDR ZAK LATIF

TECHNICAL LEAD FOR TÜV SÜD NATIONAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY’S ADVANCED MULTIPHASE FACILITY

What is your role?

Over the last five years, I have been heavily involved in all aspects of multiphase flow, erosion effects and produced water. Recently I have taken on the role of Technical Lead of our new Advanced Multiphase Facility, which launched in October 2019.

What is your academic/industrial background?

I have recently completed an Engineering Doctorate with Coventry University on ‘Continuous Online Oil-in-Water Measurement for Regulatory Purposes’. I also have a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and I am currently working towards chartership with the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

What was the route of your interest in engineering?

I always found maths, chemistry and physics the most interesting subjects at school. Chemical engineering seemed to fit my interests perfectly, with a great balance between my favourite subjects.

What are your main areas of expertise?

I have expertise in a range of topics, including flow system design, multiphase flow, sand management/erosion, uncertainty and produced water measurement and management.

What are your current key projects and who are your key clients?

I am involved in much of the research and testing work carried out at high pressure multiphase conditions in our Advanced Multiphase Facility. The main clients I work with are multiphase/wet gas meter manufacturers and end-users. We also work with universities, meter manufacturers, operators and BEIS on research and Joint Industry Projects (JIPs).

What most excites/interests you about your role?

Diversity. Due to the nature of different projects that I work on, I can experience different aspects of engineering, from desk-based uncertainty budgets to hands-on slurry testing. I particularly enjoy the hands-on nature of the role, most recently the commissioning of the new multiphase facility.

What future trends do you see developing in your area of work?

There are several key trends I see developing:

  • A move away from laboratory to field calibrations
  • Live uncertainty
  • Higher pressures/temperatures
  • Stricter regulations/environmental
  • Focus on traceability

In our unique position as the UK’s designated Institute for Flow and Density Measurement, our expertise can feed into all of these aspects.

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