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Profesional career

  • Main achievements

After start of my professional carrier my first serious engineering project was the design of the bell prover for polish Central Office of Measures. The prover is up till now the highest level standard of flowing gas volume in Poland (Fig. 1).


My further professional achievements were strictly connected with flow metrology. My Ph.D. thesis (1979) concerned the dynamical properties of variable area flowmeter. I developed theoretically and verified experimentally the main parameters describing the flowmeter’s dynamic properties (response time, natural frequency, errors due to pulsations) and character of dynamic response – oscillatory or aperiodical.

Many years I spent developing the new construction of mechanical oscillator flowmeters (Fig. 2). It was crowned by implementation of the serial manufacturing of such flowmeters, they were used in many branches of industry [3, 6, 8, 9, P1 – P5] (for citations see bookmark “Publications”). The research enabled the optimization of such flowmeters in terms of improvement of accuracy and rangeability and decreasing the pressure loss.

Very important was also the development of the rules of compensation of the influence of fluid density and viscosity on flowmeters performance [4, 13] and response of the flowmeter for flow pulsations [11]. These achievement were the basis for my habilitation (degree necessary in Poland to obtain the professor position).

The next challenge was the task put by the sulphur mine – how to measure the 2-phase mixture of liquid sulphur and air.

I developed the simple installation (Fig. 3) which separated both media enabling then their flow rate measurement [12, P6, P7].

I also developed new similarity criterion for modeling such mixture flow in laboratory conditions [10].

Fig. 3  Installation for 2-phase gas-liquid flow measurement

A lot of effort I devoted to the development of the flow measurement laboratory in my Institute http://zsisp.mchtr.pw.edu.pl/uslugi.html , which constitutes the basis for most of my research. I built two stands for low pressure air flowmeters calibration and first in Poland facility for calibration with the use of high pressure air (up to 40 bar).

Another high accuracy stand operates with water as working medium and is suitable for the calibration of flowmeters for liquids.

In the period 1989 – 2000 I have undertaken a second time job in Polish Oil and Gas Company as Manager of department dealing planning, design, construction and maintenance of ca 100 gas metering and regulating stations and in the period 2000 – 2004 a second time job in Gazownia Serwis Ltd. as director of department dealing planning, design, construction and maintenance of ca. 300 gas metering and regulating stations covering North Eastern quarter of Poland.

It unavoidably slowed down my academic carrier but brought invaluable benefits in form of numerous personal contacts. Moreover, wide experience in oil and gas industry oriented my further research oriented to the real needs of this industry. During this period I designed dozens of gas metering and regulating stations and proposed some new solutions in this respect [P8]. I also developed the natural gas odorizer with dosage system [P10].

My next research area were  system for leak detection and localization, limiting effects of leakages of substances transported by pipelines. I managed several projects in this domain, financed both by industry and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Besides progress in development of such systems [14, 15, 16], additional effect resulted from this research. I noticed namely, that the obvious fact, that the uncertainty of measuring instruments influence the accuracy and sensitivity of leak detection systems can be formulated in analytical form. I used uncertainty analysis for this purpose [19, 20, 23].

In the meantime I developed the building permit project of high pressure gas metering station for maritime Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in the coast of Baltic sea.

Very important in my professional career was a number of works related to construction of High pressure gas meters calibration laboratory (Fig. 11) for Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A., from 2006 till present, including:

  • Analysis of advisability and technical possibility of the laboratory construction,
  • Analysis of the possibility of laboratory localization on site of compressor station, research on potential pulsations influence on the calibration facility,
  • Development of the general concept of laboratory installation, general layout, P&ID’s, concept of assuring the traceability, concept of flow generation and temperature stabilization, selection of the working and transfer standards,
  • Research and development work on the blower with electric drive and temperature stabilizing system,
  • Development of the functional-utility program,
  • CFD optimization of piping configuration (minimization of pressure loss, geometric volume and  flow profile disturbances) with my Ph.D student [21],
  • Development of the algorithms for metrological data processing software,
  • Author’s inspection during design and construction of stand,
  • Investor supervision during commissioning (at present).

Some innovating solutions were developed during this project [P11, P12].

Moreover, during the project I paid technical visits in the leading European Laboratories calibrating gas meters with the use of high pressure gas: Force Technology, Vejen, Denmark; Euroloop (NMi), Rotterdam, The Netherlands; ENAGAS, Zaragoza, Spain.

From 2011 I cooperate, providing consultancy services and assessment of design and construction documentation, for Logistic Operator of Liquid Fuels (OLPP). The cooperation concerns installations for dynamic measurement of fuels transported by pipelines. In 2015 I took part in Factory Acceptance Test of Compact Piston Prover manufactured for OLPP in USA, Houston by Daniel Measurement and Control, Inc.

For the few years I try to realize my idée fixe –consumer goods transport through pipelines in special capsules. This project aims at transport of consumer goods (such as food, clothes or electronics) and packets or mail in pipelines with the use of capsules, which constitutes a breakthrough in the way of thinking of pipeline transport. The goal is to adapt existing pipeline construction technologies to build safe, sustainable and independent of weather conditions transport system, decreasing traffic in congested city centers and motorways.

All the theoretical problems, such as description of the capsules dynamics by differential equations system, aerodynamic forces calculation with the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), concepts of the crucial system elements are already resolved [22, 24]. For further continuation of the research, depending on the construction of the physical model of the system I need however financial support. I am trying to raise funds applying for various grants, so far unsuccessfully, perhaps because the project seems to be too futuristic, fantastic or even crazy.

  • FELLOWSHIPS, PRIZES AND AWARDS

1985 Golden medal in World Congress of Young Inventors, for new generation of oscillatory flowmeters, 1985

1985 Minister of Science and Higher Education prize for development of new generation of oscillatory flowmeters, 1985

1996  – 2009 President of PKN’s Technical Committee no 51 – Industrial Measurements of Non-Electrical Quantities

1997 Honorary title of Mining Engineer, Minister of Economy, 1997

1998 – 2006 PKN’s representative in ISO TC 30 Technical Committee (Flow Measurement in Closed Conduits)

2002 – 2003 Member of Polish Standardization Committee (PKN)

2004 Silver Cross of Merit, President of the Republic of Poland

2007 – Polish Chamber of Gas Industry, member of standardization Committee, leader of the working team – Gas volume measurements at high pressure.

2010 Medal of the Commission of National Education, Minister of Science and Higher Education

  • SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

 

1979 – 2 promoted PhD students, > 60 promoted Master and Engineer degrees students

Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Mechatronics, Poland

 

  • TEACHING ACTIVITIES

 

1972 – Lectures, laboratory classes, seminars in Basics of Metrology, Industrial Instrumentation, Measuring Sensors and Transducers, Computational Fluid Dynamics. Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Mechatronics, Poland

1997 – 2000 Lectures in Measurements in Gas Industry, Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Environment Engineering, Poland

 

  • ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

 

2007 7th International Conference Mechatronics 2007, Warszawa, Poland, 19-21.09.2007, President of Organizing Committee, 144 participants 

 

  • INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

 

1981 – 1984 Faculty Council member, Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Mechatronics,

and 2004 – Poland

2007 – 2011 Member of the Senate Council of Warsaw University of Technology for Property and Finances

  • COMMISSIONS OF TRUST

 

1995 – 1998 Evaluator CEN (Commité Européen de Normalisation), due to allocation of grant to polish Central Office of Measures for metrological equipement from PHARE fund

2008 Review panel member, Ministry of Science and Higher Education

2000 – Editorial Board, quarterly Measurements, Automatics, Robotics, Poland

2015 – Editorial Board, monthly Automatics, Poland

2000 – Reviewer: Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, IEEE Sensors Journal, Journal of Automatic, Mobile Robotics and Intelligent Systems), Metrology and Measurement Systems, Journal of Power Technologies, Maintenance and Reliability.

2008 – 2012 Expert witness in lawsuits concerning fraudulent gas consumption. 

2011 – 2013 Reviewer: 2 PhD thesis, Silesian University of Technology and Warsaw University of Technology

2012 – President of engineer graduation exam commission, specialization Electronic Measurement Systems, Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Mechatronics, Poland

2012 – Member of PhD commission, specialization Automatics & Robotics, Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Mechatronics, Poland

2012 – Auditor of Polish Accreditation Center