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Blow-Down Calibration of a Large 8 Path Ultrasonic Flow Meter under Quasi-Steady Flow Conditions

Published

Author(s)

Aaron N. Johnson, Eric Harman, Joey T. Boyd

Abstract

An array of critical flow venturis (CFVs) was installed in a blow-down facility and used to calibrate a large (i.e., D = 89.5 cm) 8 path ultrasonic flow meter (USM) at atmospheric pressure. The calibration was performed in dry air over a flow range from 2 kg/s to 36 kg/s. At the largest flows, pressure transients associated with the blow-down system resulted in quasi-steady flow conditions. The quasi-steady conditions were measured using a high speed data acquisition system that scanned 66 instruments (i.e., pressure and temperature sensors) every 1.8 s. Corrections were made for thermal lag of the RTD temperature sensors, and for mass storage effects in the 230.3 m3 connecting volume between the CFV array and the USM. This paper presents the results of the calibration and the corresponding uncertainty analysis.
Proceedings Title
The 16th International Flow Measurement Conference FLOMEKO 2013
Conference Dates
September 23-26, 2013
Conference Location
Paris

Keywords

Transient Calibration, Quasi-Steady State, Blow-Down Calibration, Critical Flow Venturi, Ultrasonic Flow Meter, Connecting Volume Correction, Line Pack

Citation

Johnson, A. , Harman, E. and Boyd, J. (2013), Blow-Down Calibration of a Large 8 Path Ultrasonic Flow Meter under Quasi-Steady Flow Conditions, The 16th International Flow Measurement Conference FLOMEKO 2013, Paris, -1, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=914473 (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created September 26, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017