Multi-modality multi-interface level sensor with segmented capacitance and magnetic sensing elements

A.O. Hwili, W.Q. Yang

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    Purpose – Crude oil separation is an important process in the oil industry. To make efficient use of the separators, it is important to know their internal
    behaviour, and to measure the levels of multi-interfaces between different materials, such as gas-foam, foam-oil, oil-emulsion, emulsion-water and
    water-solids. To develop a multi-interface level sensor.
    Design/methodology/approach – Multi-modality sensor with segmented capacitance and electromagnetic sensing elements. Some key issues are
    addressed, including the effect of salt content in water on measurement.
    Findings – Working with gas/oil/saline water, the simulation and experimental results show that the newly designed sensor is promising.
    Originality/value – First time to present this multi-modality sensor, which can cope with current problems with saline water.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)217-223
    Number of pages7
    JournalSensor Review
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Capacitance
    • Oils
    • Sensors
    • Salinity

    Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

    • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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