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Orifice plate flowmeter performance under pulsating flow conditions

Idres, Moumen and Suliman, Suliman and Kafafy, Raed Ismail and Shaik Dawood, Mohd. Sultan Ibrahim (2014) Orifice plate flowmeter performance under pulsating flow conditions. In: Automotive and Vehicle Technologies Conference (AVTECH) 2013, 2-4 Oct 2013, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Current need for cost and energy savings increases the demand for accurate measurement of mass flow rate. Measuring flow rate through a pipe is an important process in many industries, such as natural gas transport, feeding systems in petrochemicals, automotive and hydraulic applications. Pressure differential devices such as orifice plate are used extensively because of their simplicity and low cost maintenance. When flow pulsations exist, flow measurement errors are unavoidable. In this research, the performance of an orifice plate flow meter is assessed numerically using STAR-CCM+ software. Incompressible 2-D turbulent flow is considered for Re=1.5×104 to Re=5×105. Numerical simulations of steady flow are conducted to evaluate the discharge coefficient of the orifice. The grid is chosen based on grid independency study. The discharge coefficient is compared favorably with ISO value. For unsteady flow, time independency study is conducted to determine the time step. Unsteady flow rate measurement error due to pulsation is calculated for different frequencies. The results showed good agreement between calculated mass flow rate and simulated measured mass flow rate.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: 5827/43914 (ISBN: 978-605-5120-85-5)
Uncontrolled Keywords: flow measurement, differential pressure devices, orifice plate, Computational Fluid Dynamics
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Dr Moumen Idres
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2015 14:45
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2018 12:35
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/43914

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