More than 95% of all liquid flows in industrial applications are opaque and exhibit complex (so called non-Newtonian) flow behaviors. These flows are especially difficult to measure and can often only be characterized in a laboratory after a sample has been removed from the process. This is a very costly-, time-consuming and operator dependent test procedure.
INCIPIENTUS develops and market a non-invasive, pulsed ultrasound based in-line fluid characterization system, developed especially for opaque, non-Newtonian industrial fluids and suspensions. Measurements are made non-invasively through process pipes, even through high grade stainless steel pipes. The instrument delivers real-time data such as instantaneous velocity profiles and rheology of complex industrial fluids. INCIPIENTUS instruments thus introduces unique measurement capabilities and can be used in many industrial applications.
Through many years of industrial projects and research activities, Our team have identified a comprehensive range of applications where our developed technology can deliver real benefits to the end user. Examples of industries and applications for which our instruments have been successfully tested are given below. Please click on your industry from the options shown, to filter the applications relevant to your organisation.
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In the food processing industry, viscosity indicates whether the product is lumpy or smooth, watery, or too thick. The viscosity of the final product must yield the desired texture otherwise customers will not buy the product. In-line rheometry of dairy products, such as yoghurts containing fruit pieces can be performed using our ILR instrument.
Molten chocolate is a non-Newtonian suspension strongly affected by fat crystals formed during chocolate cooling and solidification. The flow of chocolate needs to be accurately measured and the process must be continuously adjusted to ensure product quality.
Drilling fluids are used to aid the drilling of boreholes into the earth, i.e. for extracting petroleum oil. The flow behavior properties of a drilling fluid contribute to several important factors for successful drilling of oil wells. Our technology is capable of measuring complete velocity profiles as well as rheology in real life oil-based drilling fluids.
Successful consumer care, cosmetics and personal care products need the right rheological properties. The measurements are required to determine how a product feels when used (e.g. skin sensation), how it behaves (e.g. pumping performance) and how it changes over time (e.g. stability).
When wood is processed into paper a mixture of water and wood fibers is flowing through the production plant. These fiber suspensions (mixtures) are typically non-Newtonian multiphase fluids with complex flow behaviors. The flow is of vital importance in paper production since it directly relates to the quality of the finished product.
Industrial fluids, such as thickened paste etc., commonly found in tailings transportation exhibit wide particle size distributions, large particle sizes and very high viscosities. Our technology was successfully evaluated in concentrated, non-Newtonian mineral suspensions. For example, bentonite 10% w/w with a yield stress of 40 Pa. Bentonite is typically used as a drilling mud.
Wastewater & Sewage
Continuous and efficient polymer dosing control to optimize sludge dewatering is critical in order to enable efficient operation of waste water filter belt presses. By monitoring the suspended solids concentration (TSS) the amount of chemicals are reduced and thereby reducing operating costs.
Injection grouting is a process of filling the cracks, voids under pressure in rocks or structural members for preventing water ingress and for strengthening the structures. The flow properties of grouts, (yield point and viscosity), are fundamental inputs in design models. No other commercial, robust and reliable instrument exist today that can continuously deliver data on the properties and their change over time.
Gipsum and plaster
The knowledge of the rheological properties of
gypsum plaster pastes plays a fundamental importance in the manufacture of gypsum products. But, only a few attempts to investigate the flow properties of these materials in-line, under realistic flow conditions have been made. Both the shear-dependent behaviour and time-dependent behaviour was studied using our ILR.
Emulsions - Mayo
Taste and texture and/or consistency of the processed emulsions are the most important quality factors for consumers. If it doesn’t taste and feel right, the quality is not assumed to be good.
An important way to predict these properties is to measure viscosity of the fluids (e.g. mayonnaise) during production.
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