Our research has focused on advanced diagnostics and formal metrics of uncertainty for a wide variety of devices. We are also actively involved in developing prototype products for process measurement and control applications, particularly in the emerging field of sensor self-validation.
The UTC has developed an original concept of SElf VAlidating (SEVA) sensor, which performs online assessment of the sensor's performance and describes the resulting measurement quality instandardised metrics, including online uncertainty. This allows the development of generic control system responses to changes in measurement quality without the need to interpret device-specific error-codes, leading to more efficient utilisation and management of assets under abnormal process conditions that can significantly reduce costly unplanned shutdowns. The SEVA concept developed in the UTC has contributed to the adoption of a UK Standard (BSI7986:2001 - Specification for data quality metrics for industrial measurement and control systems).
More recently, the UTC has focussed on the development of Coriolis Mass flow metering, leading to the launch of the CFT-50 and CFT-51 Digital Coriolis mass flow transmitters from our sponsor Invensys, and a series of ground-breaking applications, particularly with multi-phase flow.
The UTC was Awarded the Wheatstone Measurement Prize by the IET and NPL in 2007 for its Coriolis work.