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CSIRO researchers have developed a computational tool that predicts the flow transport behaviour of complex fluids and slurries in pipelines. This tool enables users to rapidly and readily assess and compare pipeline designs for various fluids and slurries.

Traditional pipe design processes and methods routinely struggle with complex flow behaviour in pipes. The advantage of PipeTools over contemporary hydraulic design tools is that it incorporates non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, an important feature for slurry design, along with the transport of settling solids. This multi-physics approach to defining pipe and pump parameters minimises techno-economic risks associated with the transport of complex slurries.

PipeTools was initially developed with AMIRA project partners (P599) and the technology has been successfully demonstrated in commercial operations and is now considered ready for wider application.

Although the mathematical modelling is well developed, the package currently lacks a fluent user interface. As part of the product offering, CSIRO will work with you to help refine the package to your needs. We are exploring options to:

  • sell the technology and associated intellectual property for incorporation into existing pipeline design software and processes
  • undertake further product development with a partner under a co-investment business model to create an integrated solution that incorporates live data and site control processes.

Interested investors or partners are encouraged to contact CSIRO’s commercialisation team.

PipeTools enables users to rapidly and readily assess and compare pipeline designs for various fluids and slurries.



  • helps users to understand the flow of complex slurries in pipelines
  • calculates pump requirements
  • takes inputs on material and fluid characteristics, pipe dimensions and layout
  • produces operating curves for pump/piping systems.


The tool could be developed and utilised in many applications and industries, including:

  • mining
  • METS
  • waste treatment.

Intellectual property

CSIRO owns all IP related to the tool, and no patent or copyright has been filed to date.

The team

The development team is comprised of research engineers and scientists interested in the measurement, simulation and modelling of multiphase flows and solid-liquid separation processes. They aim to combine strong fundamental knowledge of processes, an array of measurement tools (lab and industrial scale), and advanced computational and analytical modelling to give new or enhanced insights on unit operation performance.

Could this technology provide you with a competitive edge?

Contact us to find out more about our licensing and investment options.

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