Coriolis Flowmeters, also known as simply Coriolis flow meters and Coriolis mass flow meters, offer a number of practical advantages that make them an ideal choice for applications in a wide variety of industries. These advantages include superior accuracy, direct mass flow measurement, multi-parameter measurement capability, no straight-run piping requirement, and the ability to perform the mass flow measurement directly without the use of external pressure or temperature compensation required. Keep reading to learn more about how a Coriolis flow meter works.
As engineers face unrelenting pressure to increase production from existing facilities, Coriolis mass flow meters are increasing in popularity. Coriolis flow meters are the only flow metering technology that delivers highly accurate mass and density measurement directly without the need for other sensors to infer mass flow. In addition, Coriolis flow meters do not have to be recalibrated to handle different fluids or even process condition changes as the Coriolis mass flow meter’s technology provides readings that are unaffected by changes in media viscosity, temperature, and density. SmartMeasurement’s ALCM Series of Coriolis meters are used in a wide range of applications including process evaluation and optimization, mass/energy balancing, custody transfer, pulsating flow applications and well output monitoring in the oil & gas industry.
Smartmeasurement’s ALCM Coriolis series is offered with the highest accuracies available in the industry. Accuracy grades of 0.1, 0.15, 0.2 and 0.5% of reading are available. The ability to maintain these levels of mass flow accuracy regardless of media temperature, density or viscosity and then install the meter in areas with extremely tight space constraints and no available straight pipe runs makes the Coriolis flow meter a potential lifesaver for many applications where traditional-technology flowmeters will not work.
Coriolis mass flow meters from SmartMeasurement have been successfully installed in a wide variety of industries and applications including:
There are many mass flow measurement applications, such as mixing and dosing applications found in petrochem, pharmaceutical, or food & beverage industries, that require accurate mass flow readings. This can create challenges for older, traditional flow measurement technologies such as turbine or positive displacement which are volumetric measuring techniques and may only infer mass flow. Learn more about mass flow meters..
Coriolis flow meters measure mass directly without the need to take into account changes to media temperature, pressure and density as volumetric flow meters do. Moreover, most flowmeters are sensitive to turbulence, which means that a certain amount of straight, rigid pipe must be installed both upstream and downstream of the meter in order to reduce turbulence in order to accurately measure flow (Download PDF). Coriolis mass flow meters do not have this requirement. If necessary, an elbow or reducer bushing may be placed directly at the meter inlet with no impact on the meter’s accuracy. If you would like to learn more about how the Coriolis mass flow meter works, check out our blog.
SmartMeasurementTM offers a wide range of tube geometries for its Coriolis mass flow meters. The classic U shape employed by the ALCM-UT is mainly used for legacy replacement situations and to measure higher flows, The more popular Micro-Bend geometry employed by the ALCM-MB offers reduced pressure drops and a more compact package. The Delta, or triangle tube, of the ALCM-DT is ideal for low-flow applications and is offered in sizes ranging from ⅛” to ½” (3-15mm).
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The primary application for Coriolis meters is the direct measurement of mass flows without the need for pressure or temperature compensation. Another feature unique to the Coriolis meter is its high accuracy. Accuracies of 0.5% or reading are standard, but increased accuracies of 0.1% of reading, which is the best accuracy that any flow meter can achieve, are also possible. The Coriolis meter is also an excellent choice for applications where multi-parameter capability is required – density, temperature, and both mass and volumetric flow rates may all be measured simultaneously with this type of meter. The Coriolis mass flow meters also can measure and display a number of density-dependent variables such as % water cut, which is used in the Oil & Gas industry, or % black liquor, which is used in the Pulp & Paper industry.
As fluids pass through oscillating parallel curved tubes, the time delay, or phase shift that occurs between the upstream and downstream sides of the tubes is directly proportional to the mass flow rate. The frequency is directly proportional to the fluid density of the flowing media. As flow passes, an electromagnetic drive system causes the tubes to vibrate toward and away from each other at their resonant frequency, caused by the tube’s stiffness and their mass. A pair of Hall Effect sensors detect the positions of the tubes relative to one another at the inlet and outlet side of the parallel tubes. If no fluid is flowing through the tubes, they simply vibrate towards and away from each other in parallel and the outputs of the upstream and downstream sensors are in phase. However, as fluid begins to flow through the tubes, the Coriolis effect causes the downstream side of the loop to slightly lead the upstream side, creating a slight twist on the flow tube. The twisting effect causes a phase shift, or time delay between the up and downstream sensors, which is directly proportional to its mass flow. Inside of the meter’s display module, phase is converted to time and the time delay is then converted to a mass flow reading.