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Scientific investigations prove adverse effects from contamination in flowmeters are a myth
Product News Tuesday, September 21, 2010: KROHNE Pty Ltd
Ultrasonic flowmeters for custody-transfer measurement of natural gas are prone to contamination. There have been continuous allegations that ultrasonic flowmeters with soiled reflectors will measure inaccurately due to the contamination on the reflectors. Up to today, there have been no test results that will withhold this allegation.
Exhaustive investigations at the EON Ruhrgas high-pressure gas testing facility in Lintorf (Germany) on possible effects of contamination on ultrasonic flowmeters (UFM) have irrefutably shown that the accuracy is not affected by the reflection principle. Indeed, the investigations substantiate a significant advantage of reflection technology; actually compared to direct path measurement the level of contamination can be recognised from the reflection properties of the acoustic signal.
Part of the tests included the effect of roughness of the reflector surface. For this reflectors were made with medium and high roughness (see figure 1) and built into test meters. The roughness simulates contamination within the meter. Specifically only the roughness of the reflector surface was changed without changing the inside surface of the meter, in order to exclude any further effects apart from those of the reflector. The reflected ultrasonic signal was seen to have changes in its amplitude only – not in its shape. The amplitude loss is compensated in the ALTOSONIC V12 by an automatic gain control (AGC). For the roughest surface the maxim gain was only 6 dB.
The results shown here are only a part of the comprehensive results that are to be published at the 2010 Flomeko Conference in Taiwan. Further results include the effect of bottom fouling, roughness in the entire meter, as well as roughness in the inlet run.