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Loughborough Chemical Engineering Academic receives EPSRC Grant

June 15

Milk x 528

Dr Pinfield, (below), a Lecturer here in the Chemical Engineering Department of Loughborough University, has teamed up with Manchester and Leeds University to gain inderstanding of how sound waves travel through complex fluids when there are particles in the suspension that have clumped together.  The full title of the research is: Ultrasonic propagation in complex media: correlated spatial distributions and multiple dispersed phases.

Valerie Pinfield x 135

We all utilise complex fluids in our everyday lives, for example, milk, mayonnaise, moisturiser, paint and petroleum and the particles within those complex fluids can be prone to clogging, which doesn't make for the best product for humans or engines.  The group therefore, are going to investigate mathematical models of how sound waves travel through aggregated suspensions, as currently, there is only a mathematical model for suspensions that are well dispersed.

Dr Pinfield had this to say about the research project: 

“This new project will enable us to explore how sound waves (at higher frequencies than we can hear) travel through clumps of particles. By doing this, we should be able to use ultrasonic sensors to detect aggregation (clustering of particles) in many industrial processes, from pharmaceutical to petrochemical industries. We are looking at the problem by 3 strategic approaches – mathematical models, computer simulation, and experimental measurement.”

For more in depth information in relation to this grant, please go to the following web page: http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/M026302/1  




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