Flow Center of Excellence (FCoE) provides a platform to support innovation, training and education where (liquid) flow is involved. This includes both Metrology, more particular flow measurment (liquids) in all its diversity, as well as flow and flow applications itself, e.g. : accurately managed and monitored flows as dynamic test/practice environment for a broad range of applications within various sectors of industry.
To contribute to the future with new and even more accurate flow measurement, FCoE cooperates with industry and research institutions to initiate Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and develop new Joint Industry Projects (JIPs).
At FCoE we focus on 3 areas:
FCoE features the XCaliber installation located in the 'Duurzaamheiudsfabriek' in Dordrecht-NL. The flow loop of the installation is built after the model of NMI’s EuroLoop, the world's largest and most sofisticated calibration facility for industrial oil and gas meters. XCaliber is dedicated to innovation and education. With the XCaliber we provide an innovative, 'real world', however inert safe and easy accessible installation to facilitate R&D projects form industry and research institutes, related to various sectors of industry.
With the XCaliber installation, FCoE also offers a ‘real world’ practice environment for business (training and product demonstration) and for the vocational education in the region as well. For the latter, we bring metrology back in the curriculum for the students and try to connect these schools with the business environment, or even better students with companies, thus supporting the labour marker for (young) technical professionals.
At FCoE we continue to explore opportunities for XCaliber to deliver more or new added value to industry. This also means identifying and implementing new functionality in the XCaliber installation as well. At the moment, together with partners from industry, we are developing plans for: