Mr. Boyd is playing a leading role in developing the scale-model smokestack simulator. This simulator will test improved protocols and instruments designed to measure the carbon dioxide and hazardous pollutants emitted by coal-burning power plants. The simulator's diameter (1.2 m) is approximately 1/10th the diameter of the stack of a typical, coal-fired power plant.
Mr. Boyd provides technical support to all the Flow Calibration Services performed by the Fluid Metrology Group (air speed, gas flow, liquid flow, liquid density, and liquid volume) at NIST. These tasks include, but are not limited to, design and fabrication of new flow standards and the maintenance of existing standards and auxiliary instruments. Recently, Boyd and his colleagues designed and fabricated a novel, portable field test measure that will test dispensers of high-pressure hydrogen used to refuel hydrogen-powered vehicles. Thus, retail hydrogen customers will be assured that they get the energy that they paid for, much as retail gasoline customers are assured that they get the volume of gasoline indicated by meters on dispensers at gas stations.
Mr. Boyd performs liquid flow calibrations on the LFCF (Liquid Flow Calibration Facility). He has calibrated a variety of liquid flow meters, including Coriolis and ultrasonic meters with nominal diameters ranging from 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) to 8 inch (203.2 mm).