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Flow Measurement Facilities for the Future

15 April 2020

Flow Measurement Facilities for the Future

As part of our continued investment in the UK National Standards for Flow Measurement, work is well underway on the design and planning of a fast-paced upgrade to some of the principal Flow Measurement Standards.

As industry needs change and technology develops, we must ensure that the UK’s Flow Measurement Standards meet the needs of the future. To this end, TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory is progressing a £2.3 M project, partially funded by the UK’s Flow Programme, to modernise the facilities in preparation for process automation and future industrial requirements. Once completed, each of the National Flow Measurement Standards will have improved measurement capability, even lower uncertainty and can support the move to flexible 7-day operation.

The plans include an upgrade to the existing facilities in the James Young Laboratory to create an upgraded Water Flow Measurement Standard. It will result in a single facility that operates on closed-loop recirculation mode using a Coriolis flow meter primary reference skid across a broad range of flow rates. This will significantly reduce the annual maintenance and traceability costs and, in combination with separate automation projects, meet the changing demand of the water industry for a broad range of process capability on a fast turnaround.

In addition, an extensive programme to replace and improve the existing gravimetric primary reference systems for single-phase oil flow measurement is progressing. The new gravimetric weigh system will be part of a single-phase oil testing reconfiguration to provide a ‘best in class’ measurement standard which will underpin the traceability of all our other flow rigs.

“This is an important programme of inter-related projects which modernises the entire Flow Measurement standard, bringing together the reconfiguration of the single-phase test facilities, the integration of a new data acquisition software system, process automation and measurement uncertainty improvements” commented Muir Porter, Group Manager for Infrastructure. “The challenge here is quite different to the recent Advanced Multiphase Facility build and requires careful planning to minimise operational downtime and deliver a very broad range of projects in a short time period.”

These projects achieve the key aim of modernising our operations to reduce complexity and the cost of upkeep, while at the same time extending the process capability and reducing the measurement uncertainties.

Operations Director, Mark Roscoe commented: “This investment is a must to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our current and future customers by delivering testing and research facilities that improve upon efficiency, accessibility and scientific rigour. As a leading authority and National Measurement Institute for flow measurement, we deliver world class research for industry and academia. By continually improving our flow measurement facilities we can ensure we have the right infrastructure in place, both for today and for the future.”

For more information regarding these facility upgrades and what they mean for our customers, contact Mark Roscoe.

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