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Flow measurement expert is honoured

Washington, DC -- Dr. George E. Mattingly is the recipient of the 2005 Laurance Reid Award in recognition of his lo...


April 4, 2005
By MRO Magazine

Washington, DC — Dr. George E. Mattingly is the recipient of the 2005 Laurance Reid Award in recognition of his long-standing efforts to advance flow measurement technology and understanding. The award was betowed by the executive and general committees of the International School of Hydrocarbon Measurement.

For 25 years, the leader of the Fluid Flow Group at the U.S.-based National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), formerly the National Bureau of Standards, Dr. Mattingly is an engineer with more than 45 years experience in fluid mechanics and flow metrology.

Since 1999 and until his retirement last year, he was the first chairman of the International Committee on Weights and Measures Working Group for Fluid Flow. His educational background includes a BS and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, followed by an MA and a PhD in Fluid Mechanics from Princeton University.

Dr. Mattingly is married, has two children, and currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland.


Currently, Dr Mattingly is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he teaches fluid mechanics and flow metrology. He is also an active consultant on a range of flow measurement topics.

This award cites three specific areas where Dr. Mattingly has advanced flow measurement. They are:

– round robin flow measurement methods,
– flow meter installation effects, and
– improved flow meter characterization techniques.

Work in all three areas continues at NIST and elsewhere.

Recently, advances in materials, micro-circuitry, and meter designs have produced wide expansions of flow meter capabilities and specifications. As these new meters are calibrated over wider ranges of fluid properties and flow rates, results show increased and excessive levels of data scatter when conventional, dimensional parameters characterize results. By applying dimensionless parameters, significant reductions in data scatter have been obtained.

Although Dr. Mattingly did not originate characterizations of this type, he did apply them in many metering areas, some of which were quite new. Results significantly improve meter performance when fluid conditions differ from the calibration conditions.

Applications with metering systems other than orifice meters include turbine meters, laminar flow elements, Coriolis meters and other technologies. His adoption of existing or new dimensionless parameters for NIST flow meter calibration results and his inclusion of the benefits of such parameterizations in the flow measurement courses that he has given over his 30 + years at NIST have produced significant metering improvements in many areas and advanced the knowledge base of flow metrologists.

Additionally, Dr. Mattingly has arranged flow workshops, hosted flow conferences, participated in flow standards writing committees, and written more than 100 papers, reports, book chapters, and articles on widely ranging topics in fluid mechanics and flow measurement.


The 80th annual International School Of Hydrocarbon Measurement takes place May 24-26,2005, in Oklahoma City, Okla. For details, visit

The event offers the opportunity to keep current on the latest changes and developments in the field of hydrocarbon measurement. In addition to classes, there will be the opportunity to meet face-to-face with professionals in the hydrocarbon industry who can offer practical advice and new ideas.

The School features more than 160 technical classes and numerous networking opportunities, an extensive manufacturers’ exhibit area and special hands-on-workshops that provide for one-on-one learning experiences.