For the first time, Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) and SINTEF, two Norwegian research institutes with high reputation in the science of multiphase flow, join forces for a significant laboratory infrastructure development.
The vision of the projec t is to realize a state-of-the-art experimental infrastructure for multiphase flow, utilizing an optimal combination of the unique know-how and existing experimental capabilities at SINTEF and IFE.
SINTEF will expand the Large scale flow loop at Tiller to include water as the third fluid phase. By running three-phase experiments in the industrial scale loop equipment can be tested and verified at low risk and engineering software can be verified against real scale experiments.
IFE will invest in inst rumentation to measure flow at a new level of details. This is necessary to develop mechanistic flow models for new parameter ranges, supporting engineering software and decision making.
The new infrastructure will enable IFE and SINTEF to deliver rele vant, attractive and high quality multiphase flow research, surpassing other research centers in Europe and the USA. The laboratories will give students and researchers from academia and industry access to unique world-class research facilities.
The Norw egian supply industry has built a significant strength in subsea technology, based upon deep knowledge and innovative technology in the area of multiphase flow. Several countries have ambitious programs to develop a competing industry for the sub-sea mark et. The proposed infrastructure will give the Norwegian industry improved competitive advantages in the global market.
The total cost of the infrastructure investment is MNOK 50 over two years, MNOK 25 for the Large Scale Flow Laboratory at Tiller, and M NOK 25 for instrumentation in IFEs Well Flow Loop. Statoil will contribute MNOK 10.