WASTEWATER FLOW CONTROL AND MEASUREMENT WHITE PAPERS AND CASE STUDIES

Digester Biogas Flow Measurement
Digester Biogas Flow Measurement

The engineers at a municipal wastewater treatment utility were expanding their biogas digester system and were seeking an improvement over their existing, maintenance-intensive flow metering technology. They needed to measure the amount of gas contained within a gas bag as well as the flow rate of the gases traveling from the gas bag system into a co-generation power system. 

  •  3 Dirty Little Secrets About Coriolis Flowmeters
    3 Dirty Little Secrets About Coriolis Flowmeters

    Ever since Coriolis flow measurement technology achieved mainstream appeal, industry has been fervently striving to take advantage of its benefits. And while Coriolis is clearly a highly advantageous solution for many crucial flow measurement applications, it is not without flaw.

  • From The 1970s To Today – 4 Key Advances In Coriolis Flow Measurement
    From The 1970s To Today – 4 Key Advances In Coriolis Flow Measurement

    Since the first Coriolis flow sensors were introduced to the marketplace in the 1970s, the technology has evolved considerably. As the installed base for Coriolis grew, the sensors were being called upon to deliver data in environments with increasing levels of complexity. This meant that Coriolis sensors had to adapt and conform to a dizzying array of ever-changing installation requirements, process conditions, communication formats, and configuration parameters. The following article highlights four key advances in Coriolis flow measurement’s journey from the 1970s to today.

  • Ultrasonic vs. Radar In The Water Industry
    Ultrasonic vs. Radar In The Water Industry

    In recent years, the debate about which technology is best suited for level monitoring and open channel monitoring (OCM) applications has taken some traction. There are those who argue that ultrasonic level technology has been uncontested as the standard for level and OCM applications in the water industry. The counter-argument is that radar technology is more effective because it is more robust and accurate than ultrasonic technology. 

  • A Guide To Eliminating Pipe Breaks
    A Guide To Eliminating Pipe Breaks

    Call it what you want, but a busted pipe spells nothing but T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

  • In-Situ Calibration: Methods And Pitfalls Of Thermal Mass Flow Meter Sensor Field Validation
    In-Situ Calibration: Methods And Pitfalls Of Thermal Mass Flow Meter Sensor Field Validation

    Mid-to-large size facilities and campuses inevitably have hundreds of flow instruments to monitor, maintain, and repair. For a reliability engineer, ensuring that all instrumentation meets ISO 9000 or similar standards is a time-consuming responsibility. By Matthew J. Olin, President & CEO, Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Precise Biogas Flow Measurement
    Precise Biogas Flow Measurement

    As oil prices remain high, we are in the midst of a nation-wide initiative to seek renewable sources of energy to increase energy efficiency and energy security. Renewable energy accounted for 13.2% of the domestically produced electricity in 2012. Among the sources of renewable energy is the production of biogas from landfill gas (LFG) or digester gas. By Scott Rouse, VP Product Management, Sierra Instruments

  • Flow Meter Ensures A Smooth Running Recovery Process At Bakery Production Plant

    Employing roughly 5,000 workers in 12 countries, Vandemoortele bakery and production plant owes its success to high standards of quality, innovative production technologies, and a flair for finding economic alternatives. The latest example is the SITRANS FC430 Coriolis flow meter.

  • Local Support Saves Time And Money
    Local Support Saves Time And Money

    At a water treatment plant that provides drinking water for distribution to a large area of customers, a contractor decided to switch to SITRANS FM MAG 5100W flowmeters. A local representative saved a the contractor time and money by recognizing the need for the magmeter to be isolated from the piping protection before startup, which also saved the customer from added downtime.

  • Bury A SITRANS MAG Sensor? Sure!
    Bury A SITRANS MAG Sensor? Sure!

    A large east coast water supplier faced a number of challenges with one of its pumping stations. It was built more than 35 years ago on a 25’ earth mound (“ant hill”) to protect it from flooding, the pumping station was becoming very expensive and inefficient to operate.

  • Company Reduces Wastewater Treatment Billing Rates
    Company Reduces Wastewater Treatment Billing Rates

    A medical research company in the Midwest United States offers comprehensive services to help determine the safety of life-changing compounds and assist in bringing them to the marketplace as rapidly as possible. Their drug safety evaluation research services offer dedicated expertise in a wide variety of medical arenas.

An Energy System For Power Generation Relies On Quality Monitoring Instruments From Siemens
An Energy System For Power Generation Relies On Quality Monitoring Instruments From Siemens

A U.S. company develops energy technologies that are environmentally sustainable and provides their customers with the ability to use their energy sources in a more practical and cost-effective manner.

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OPTISONIC 7300 Ultrasonic Flowmeter OPTISONIC 7300 Ultrasonic Flowmeter

The OPTISONIC 7300 is a universal 2-path ultrasonic gas flowmeter for process and utility gas measurements in oil and gas refineries or the chemical or petrochemical industries. It is also suitable for non-custody transfer natural gas applications or applications with (compressed) air, mixed or flue gases (up to +180°C / +356°F). Using the transit time differential measuring principle, the OPTISONIC 7300 delivers high performance over a wide flow range (up to DN600 / 24", turndown ratio: 100:1). Its patented titanium transducers are perfectly focused, equalizing process fluctuations and avoiding acoustic feedback.

OPTISONIC 6300 Ultrasonic Clamp-On Flowmeter OPTISONIC 6300 Ultrasonic Clamp-On Flowmeter

The OPTISONIC 6300 is an ultrasonic clamp-on flowmeter for permanent mount installation. It is particularly suitable for flow measurement of (non-)conductive liquids at any location where inline measurement is not possible or desirable. The flowmeter consists of a combination of one or two clamp-on sensors and one ultrasonic signal converter. Its robust clamp-on rail is highly flexible and can be very easily attached to virtually any pipe up to DN4000 / 160".

OPTISONIC 6300 P Ultrasonic Clamp-On Flowmeter OPTISONIC 6300 P Ultrasonic Clamp-On Flowmeter

The OPTISONIC 6300 P is a portable, battery-powered ultrasonic clamp-on flowmeter for temporary flow measurement of (non-)conductive liquids. It can be used at virtually any location and without process interruption or need to cut pipes. Due to its flexibility, the meter is equally suited for comparative measurements on stationary measuring equipment (e.g. pumps, flowmeters etc.) or for use as a short-term replacement of faulty devices. As standard the clamp-on flowmeter is also provided with a measurement option for thermal energy applications.

OPTISONIC 3400 Ultrasonic Flowmeter OPTISONIC 3400 Ultrasonic Flowmeter

The OPTISONIC 3400 is a 3-path ultrasonic inline flowmeter designed for a wide range of standard or more demanding process applications with homogeneous, non-viscous aqueous liquids as well as viscous fluids of up to over 1000 cSt. It is also the perfect choice for applications with cryogenic products (as low as -200°C / -328°F), media with extended temperature ranges (up to +250°C / +482°F) as well as low or extreme pressure ratings. The OPTISONIC 3400 offers a broad range of diameters – from DN25 / 1" for dosing purposes to DN3000 / 120" for water transportation pipelines.

OPTIBATCH 4011 Coriolis Mass Flowmeter OPTIBATCH 4011 Coriolis Mass Flowmeter

The OPTIBATCH  4011 is the standard Coriolis mass flowmeter for process batching of conductive and non-conductive liquids. It is a highly accurate and specialised meter for linear and rotating filling machines. The fully welded maintenance-free device with twin U-shape is particularly suitable for hygienic applications in the pharmaceutical or food and beverage industries. It can be equipped with DIN11864-2 hygienic flange connections, hygienic clamp connections or many other bespoke fittings according to customer specifications.

OPTIMASS 1010 Coriolis Mass Flowmeter OPTIMASS 1010 Coriolis Mass Flowmeter

The OPTIMASS 1010 is a cost-effective twin straight tube Coriolis mass flowmeter for a wide range of universal and hygienic applications with liquids and gases (up to 170,000 kg/h or 6,235 lb/min and +130°C / +266°F). It features an integrated Modbus converter. This makes the flowmeter an ideal solution where a DCS or a PLC is already in use and extensive communication options and control functions are not necessary. By way of its Modbus interface the flowmeter integrates easily into existing controller systems. There is no need for a conventional signal converter. Purchase costs can be saved.

OPTIMASS 3010 Coriolis Mass Flowmeter OPTIMASS 3010 Coriolis Mass Flowmeter

The OPTIMASS 3010 is a cost-effective Coriolis mass flowmeter for low flow and dosing applications with liquids and gases (from 0.3 kg/h or 0.01 lb/min upwards). The flowmeter features an integrated Modbus converter. This makes it the ideal solution for applications where a DCS or a PLC is already in use and extensive communication options and control functions are not necessary. By way of its Modbus interface the flowmeter integrates easily into existing controller systems. There is no need for a conventional signal converter. Purchase costs can be saved.

OPTIMASS 7010 Coriolis Mass Flowmeter OPTIMASS 7010 Coriolis Mass Flowmeter

The OPTIMASS 7010 is a high-end single straight tube Coriolis mass flowmeter. It is particularly suitable for demanding process and dosing applications involving gases and shear-sensitive or viscous liquids, slurries, very aggressive media or media with a low flow velocity. The Coriolis meter features an integrated Modbus converter. This makes it the ideal solution for applications where a DCS or a PLC is already in use and extensive communication options and control functions are not necessary. By way of its Modbus interface the flowmeter integrates easily into existing controller systems. There is no need for a conventional signal converter. Purchase costs can be saved.

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WASTEWATER FLOW CONTROL AND MEASUREMENT PODCASTS

External Solutions To Water/Wastewater Flow Measurement External Solutions To Water/Wastewater Flow Measurement

Installing flow meters in new piping is one thing. Replacing a 20-year-old meter or adding new metering to piping where it never existed before is quite another. In this Water Talk interview, Cheryl Ades Anspach, marketing manager with Badger Meter, offers a non-invasive alternative using easily retrofittable clamp-on ultrasonic meters offering accuracy to + 0.5 percent and flow rates to 33,000 gpm in pipes up to 48” diameter. Two palm-sized rail-mounted transducers provide simpler, more affordable installation than having to shut down or cut into a live pipeline or bring in heavy equipment to install a full-bore mag meter. Built-in datalogging backup (8 GB) with time-date stamp granularity down to one second provides ample opportunity for detailed flow analysis.

Using Fingerprints To ID Ideal Instrument Performance Using Fingerprints To ID Ideal Instrument Performance

Everyone wants peak accuracy from their instrumentation, but nobody wants to disrupt their field process to verify it. Purvang Upadhyay, the global water industry manager for measurement and analytics with ABB, shared an attractive alternative to such disruption with the Water Talk moderators at WEFTEC 2019 — in-situ verification. This classic example of digitalization in the water industry enables users to check the health and accuracy of an electromagnetic flow meter against a digital ‘fingerprint’ of that meter’s performance the day it was originally calibrated or installed. 

A Cost-Effective Answer To Partial-Pipe Flow Metering A Cost-Effective Answer To Partial-Pipe Flow Metering

One of the most perplexing challenges for wastewater plant operators is the need to measure the various sources of influent. This is especially true for closed-pipe systems where the use of traditional flow devices requires intensive and expensive engineering to keep the pipe full at the point of measurement.

Predictive Maintenance Enabled By Moving Secured Data To The Cloud Predictive Maintenance Enabled By Moving Secured Data To The Cloud

Cloud-based monitoring and reporting was all the rage at WEFTEC 2017. Water Talk sat down with Tom Perry, National Product Manager with Veolia to discuss Aquavista, one of the more established technologies for capturing critical data, storing it in the cloud and allowing it to be accessed real time, 24/7 from any smart, web-enabled device.

Understanding Big Data In The Water Industry Understanding Big Data In The Water Industry

There’s a lot of data floating around the water industry these days. SCADA, flow statistics, online monitoring, DO measurements, air flows, LIMS system data in the Lab, and CMMS data from maintenance software to name but a few.

Helping Customers Make Informed Decisions Helping Customers Make Informed Decisions

Badger Meter has 10 metering technologies that exist in the marketplace, so there is a lot of variety in what they do. Brian Kettner, Marketing Manager with Badger Meter, sat down with Water Online Radio to talk about the company, and what they are currently focusing on.

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WASTEWATER FLOW CONTROL MEASUREMENT VIDEOS

Next-Level Flow And Level Instrumentation Next-Level Flow And Level Instrumentation

Trending issues require innovative solutions, and KROHNE is here — in the marketplace, at WEFTEC, and on video — to help water professionals overcome their toughest challenges. Tune in below for Richard Lowrie, Water and Wastewater Industry Manager for KROHNE, as he presents two cases in point: the TIDALFLEX flow meter and the OPTIWAVE 1400 radar level transmitter. The former performs accurate measurement in partially filled pipes — down to 10 percent — which is especially useful for stormwater/combined sewer overflow (CSO) applications, while the latter is a new offering that provides continuous, non-contact level measurement in tanks, pumping stations, and open channels. Learn the unique properties and benefits of each, and how they can update and improve your operations.

Exploring The Forefront Of Flow Technology Exploring The Forefront Of Flow Technology

GF Piping has a long history of operation, serving a wide variety of flow measurement and distribution needs in water and wastewater — and a long history at WEFTEC as well. In this video, GF Piping's Brian LaBelle, Director of Business Development - Water Treatment & Energy, provides a tour of the GF booth highlighting the company's newest and most popular offerings. Tune in to discover the latest technologies related to piping systems, flow meters, diaphragm valves, joints, couplings, and more.

AWT210 Transmitter – Opening Up A New World Of Water AWT210 Transmitter – Opening Up A New World Of Water

The intrinsically safe AWT210 two-wire modular transmitter is a single-channel device for the measurement and control of pH, ORP or conductivity in hazardous and non-hazardous area applications.

Flow Meter Calibration Flow Meter Calibration

Specialized calibration of gas mass flow meters and flow switches is what Fluid Components International does best. FCI's calibration lab has 18 NIST traceable precision flow stands to ensure you are getting the gas mass flow meter or flow switch calibrated to it's actual published specifications to match your application needs.

A Magmeter Built For "Ultra" Dependability And Performance A Magmeter Built For "Ultra" Dependability And Performance

The Ultra Mag electromagnetic flow meter (or "magmeter") sets itself apart from the start, with a stainless steel body, steel flanges, and a consistent 3M fusion-bonded epoxy liner, inside and out, to eliminate wear, abrasions, and corrosion. 

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FLOW CONTROL AND MEASUREMENT

 

Flow measurement can be defined as quantification of the movement of water in a given channel. Flow can be measured either by determining the displacement and/or Velocity of the water. Water meters usually control measure and display total usage in cubic meters, on either mechanical or electronic registers. 

Flow can be divided into two main flows which are: Open channel flow and Closed conduit flow. Flow is controlled by use of valves at intervals to either to slow down, allow faster flow or completely shut down the flow. Some water meters usually perform both the function or making readings and controlling flow while others just conduct measuring only. 

Meters for reclaimed water contain special lavender register covers show that the water is non-potable. Velocity-type meters measure the velocity of flow through a meter of a known internal capacity. The speed of the flow can then be converted into volume of flow for usage. Since Multi-jet meters are usually very accurate in small sizes they are normally used for residential and smaller commercial uses. Turbine meters are not as accurate as jet meters and displacement meters at low flow rates. 

A compound meter is used where high flow rates are necessary. Magnetic flow meters are a velocity-type water meter, except that they use electromagnetic properties to determine the water flow velocity. In water treatment plants, measurement and control devices can be installed in the following locations: within interceptors or manholes, the head of the plant, in the force mains that lead to main tanks etc. Automatic Meter Reading has compelled producers to build pulse or encoder registers to provide electronic output for radio transmitters, reading storage devices, and data logging devices.