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Dr Gabriele Chinello

Technical Lead for Wet Gas Flow

Gabriele ChinelloDr Gabriele Chinello

Technical Lead for Wet Gas Flow

What is your role?

I am the Technical lead of the wet-gas facility at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory and have responsibility for the integrity and traceability of our instrumentation, the data analysis and uncertainty budget of the facility. I also carry out research projects and deliver commercial work for our clients.

What is your academic/industrial background?

I have a Batchelor’s degree in Energy Engineering and a Master’s degree from the University of Pisa, Italy. My Master’s degree also included an ERASMUS placement at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, focusing on CFD simulation of stratified flow for oil and gas transportation. I then began a PhD at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, joint funded by TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory and the Energy Technology Partnership. My research thesis was focused on the use of Venturi tubes for wet gas measurement.

I joined the business in January 2019.

How did your interest in engineering develop?

The main drivers for my education, research and employment have always been curiosity and the search for understanding related to physical and engineering processes.

What are your main areas of expertise?

My main area of expertise is fluid mechanics applied to multiphase flows, with special focus on wet-gas flow measurement. This includes also the development of Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) simulations and multiphase flow phenomenological models. However, my background is broad and includes also thermodynamics, heat transfer, chemistry and electrical knowledge.

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

Recent key projects have included; research and development for wet-gas flow measurement with Venturi tubes, advances in the standards for wet-gas flow measurement, and sampling and allocation projects for the Oil and Gas industry.

What most excites/interests you about your role?

I enjoy the hands-on nature of my role and working on such a diverse range of projects. No two days are ever the same. The facilities at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory are well-known across the world and the organisation is known for its leading-edge work on flow measurement. New facilities such as the Advanced Multiphase Facility, demonstrate a commitment to the future of flow measurement and one I am excited to be part of.

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

There are a number of key trends developing in the area of wet-gas measurement:

  • The development of wet-gas meters based on a single differential pressure device without the need for radioactive sources and for which the operating principle/correlation is in the public domain (e.g. covered by ISO standards or ISO technical reports). This should offer continuous measurement of the liquid loading (up to and beyond 0.3 Lockhart-Martinelli value) and the water to liquid ratio.
  • Proving the meter performance at field conditions, under changing flow rates and fluid properties. In this sense a better understanding of the physical phenomena involved in wet-gas flow measurement is fundamental.
  • Enhanced diagnostic capabilities of wet-gas meters.
  • In its role enabling the energy transition, gas will continue to grow; immediately through LNG, but also with blue hydrogen production via SMR or ATR coupled with CCS - projects already entering FEED stage.Developing better Venturi-based meters has a long-term, future-proofed perspective.

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