Real-Time in-Line Industrial Fluids Characterization Using Multiple Pulse Repetition Frequency
The characterization of fluids flowing in industrial pipes is of paramount importance to optimize the production process and guarantee the final product quality in most industries. Rheological parameters of the fluid can be efficiently calculated starting from the Pressure Drop (PD) along a tract of the pipe, and the velocity profile that the flow develops along the pipe diameter, which can be assessed through Ultrasounds Pulsed Wave Doppler (PWD). Unfortunately, in PWD the maximum detectable velocity is restricted by the aliasing limit related to the Pulse Repetition Frequency (PRF). The use of PRF sequences at different rate can recover de-aliased velocities by combining the aliased data. In this work, we extend the capabilities of an embedded PWD ultrasound system used to characterize industrial fluids by implementing, in real-time, the multi-PRF method.
KeywodsDoppler measurement Fluid characterization Nyquist velocity extension Staggered double-PRE
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