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Dr Yi Cao

Dr Yi Cao

Senior Lecturer
Energy and Power Division
School of Engineering
E: y.cao@cranfield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0) 1234 754781


Areas of expertise

Energy, Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, Instrumentation, Sensors and Measurement Science, Process Systems Engineering

Current Activities

Dr Cao's main research interests are in advanced process control, including nonlinear system identification, nonlinear model predictive control, plantwide process control, self-optimising control and statistical process monitoring. He has published one monograph in Optimal Control Theory and Applications and over 120 refereed journal and conference research papers. One of these papers has been awarded as the best industrial application paper at the conference Control'96 by the journal of Control Engineering Practice in 1996.

Yi Cao was the main inventor of the patented technology, Inferential Slug Control (ISC), which received the East England Energy Group (EEEgr) Innovation Award in 2010. He successfully conducted a field trial on the ISC in North Sea in 2011. A field trial showed the ISC is able to increase oil production by 9.6% in addition to suppressing slugging.

  • Background

    Yi Cao obtained his MEng degree in Industrial Automation from Zhejiang University in China in 1985 and his PhD degree in Control Engineering from the University of Exeter in 1996. Before joining Cranfield, he worked as a Research Associate in Loughborough University from 1996 to 1998 and the University of Leicester from 1998 and 2000. 

  • Clients

    Current projects:

    • Chevron Slug Control Field Trial
    • EU FP7 ITN on ENERGY SMARTOPS
    • Caltec/Petrofec on Mutliphase In-Line Separator Test
    • EPSRC ICASE with Caltec on Slug Control using I-SEP.

    Previous projects:

    • EPSRC, plantwide control, 2002 - 2004
    • CORAC, Flow Loop Control, 2006
    • BP Slug Control 2006
    • Yorkshire Water, DO Control, 2007
    • TSB Optimal Slug Control for Brown Oil Fields, 2006 - 2008
    • Transcient Multiphase Flow Consortium, Plantwide Slug Control, 2007 - 2010
    • Honda, Recurrent Neural Networks for Optimal Blade Design, 2007 - 2009
    • Royal Veterinary College, Biological Systems Modelling and Control, 2009 - 2011
    • DONG Energy, Slug Control Field Trial, 2010 - 2011

  • Publications

    Xing L, Yeung H, Geng Y, Cao Y & Shen J (2014) Study on hydrodynamic slug flow mitigation with wavy pipe using a 3D-1D coupling approach, Computers and Fluids, 99 104-115.

    Ruiz-Cárcel C, Hernani-Ros E, Cao Y & Mba D (2014) Use of Spectral Kurtosis for Improving Signal to Noise Ratio of Acoustic Emission Signal from Defective Bearings, Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, 14 (3) 363-371.

    Umar LM, Cao Y & Kariwala V (2014)

    Incorporating feedforward action into self-optimising control policies

    , Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 92 (1) 90-96.

    Wang P, Cao Y, Yeung H, Lao L, Ma L & Gong J (2013)

    Modelling and validation of severe slugging in laboratory pipeline-riser systems

     

     

    . In: 16th International Conference on Multiphase Production Technology, Cannes, 12.6.2013 - 14.6.2013.

    Xing L, Yeung H, Shen J & Cao Y (2013) Numerical study on mitigating severe slugging in pipeline/riser system with wavy pipe, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 53 1-10.

    Lanchang X, Yeung H, Shen J & Cao Y (2013)

    Numerical study on mitigating severe slugging in pipeline/riser system with wavy pipe

    , International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 53 1-10.

    Xing L, Yeung H, Shen J & Cao Y (2013)

    A new flow conditioner for mitigating severe slugging in pipeline/riser system

    , International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 51 65-72.

    Xing L, Yeung H, Shen J & Cao Y (2013)

    A new flow conditioner for mitigating severe slugging in pipeline/riser system

     

    , International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 51 65-72.

    Xing LC, Yeung H, Shen J & Cao Y (2013) Experimental study on severe slugging mitigation by applying wavy pipes, Chemical Engineering Research & Design, 91 (1) 18-28.

    Xing L, Yeung H, Shen J & Cao Y (2013)

    Experimental study on severe slugging mitigation by applying wavy pipes

     

    , Chemical Engineering Research & Design, 91 (1) 18-28.

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