8 January 2020
Congratulations to Dr Gordon Lindsay, Technical Lead for Digital Services at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory, who has recently been awarded his doctorate in engineering from Coventry University. The four-year Engineering Doctorate was supported by expertise from both the university and the company.
The title of Gordon’s thesis was ‘Detecting and Correcting Calculated Fluid Density Errors in Coriolis Meters Due to Ambient Temperature Changes’. His EngD has focused on developing an understanding through experimentation and data analysis on the potential for error in Coriolis meter output when there is a temperature differential between the process fluid being metered and the air temperature surrounding the meter at the point of installation.
Gordon began his academic career at the University of Glasgow where he graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He is also a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). After spending 10 years as one of the lead design engineers within TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory’s fluid flow research laboratories, Gordon has recently taken on the role of Technical Lead in the Digital Services area within the R&D Team. Prior to joining the business, he was an electronic engineer at a robotics company, where he designed control hardware and software for use in robotic manipulator systems.
“My job at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory has always been a ‘hands on’ engineering design role. Therefore, when developing the initial idea for my EngD research degree, I ensured that the scope included considerable amounts of experimentation that took full advantage of our standing as the national standard for fluid flow and density measurement,” stated Gordon. “The flow loop test section, data acquisition hardware/software and automation were customised to simulate the effects of ambient temperature in a flowing fluid scenario comparable to field conditions.”
The high volumes of data generated are already being used in other research projects underway at TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory. For example, data driven models currently under development with the Digital Services research team for use in ‘Condition-based calibration’.
"Investing in doctorate programmes, such as this, underlines our commitment to ensuring that the next generation of experts have the technical knowledge and research capability to drive the future of flow measurement.” says Technical Director, Dr Martin Hanton. “I warmly congratulate Gordon on his recent academic success.”
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