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Dr Carl Wordsworth

Head of Water Sector

Dr Carl Wordsworth

Head of Water Sector

What is your role at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory?

I head up the Water Sector at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory. I have worked at the company for two years, having originally joined as Head of Single Phase Flow Measurement. I am currently expanding TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory's role within the water industry. This involves the development of a global Joint Industry Project looking at improving the measurement uncertainty of Large Diameter Flow meters within the water industry.

What is your academic/industrial background?

I have a PhD in the ‘Use of Di-valent beta Alumina Type Electrolytes in Phosphorus Concentration Cells’ and a BEng in Minerals Engineering, both obtained from Leeds University.

Prior to joining TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory, I have 23 years' experience in fluid engineering R&D and product development mainly within the oil and gas and water industries. My roles have included Technical Sales, Head of Research, and Project Engineer and Project Manager. Whilst working as head of research for a small oil and gas products company, I was the lead on a number of international Patents, mainly regarding separation within the oil and gas industry.

What was the route of your interest in engineering?

At school I especially enjoyed mathematics, chemistry and physics, and was planning on undertaking a degree in Chemical Engineering. However, prior to choosing my University subject, my College Chemistry Teacher, a Leeds University Alumina, highlighted a course on Mineral Engineering that was being held at Leeds University. Out of my whole chemistry class, two students were chosen to attend, and I was one of them. The course really interested me and had the right blend of chemistry and engineering, and I was hooked. I immediately applied to the course to undertake the degree.

What are your main areas of expertise?

Over the years I have worked in a number of different areas but all of them have been based on fluid engineering. The first project I undertook when I started working investigated the multiphase flow in pipeline-riser systems. Whilst working in the oil and gas industry my main areas on work have revolved around multiphase flow, flow assurance and separation.

Over the years I have designed and built numerous test facilities including designing the instrumentation and data collection requirements and so I have gained knowledge of many different areas of fluid engineering.

What most excites/interests you about your role?

At the moment I am most excited by the fact that I am coming to the end of nearly one year's work, trying to develop the Joint Industry Project for the water industry. It has been a long hard slog but hopefully all of the hard work will pay off and we will have a world class project to help deliver fundamental knowledge to the water industry.

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

Over the years the value of water as a product has been relatively inexpensive so accurate knowledge of the flow wasn’t really necessary. With the impact of climate change and the expected population increase, the volumes of freshwater that are available are going to become increasingly stretched and water is going to become a more expensive commodity. Therefore, this is going to require the water industry to pay more attention to the measurement uncertainties they have with their meters, and much more attention to how they measure their flows.

Learn more about the Water Joint Industry Project Proposal

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