On Site Flow Measurement Training Facility
Introducing Energy Training Solutions' new flow lab for hands on training on both liquid and gas flow measurement. This lab contains the latest technology with PLC automation, data collection, and HMI control interface. Meter runs contain interchangeable sections for hands on interaction with popular meter types for petroleum liquids and natural gas. Secondary devices report vital data to the flow computer and PLC. The liquid system diverts to a full size liquid prover for meter calibration and verification. Subjects covered in classes include fluid dynamics, liquid measurement, liquid meter proving, natural gas measurement, custom training on customer selected meter types, pulse and current signals, and more.
- Liquid Flow Measurement Side.
Treated water circuit to simulate petroleum liquids with varying flow rates. Stationary coriolis meter in parallel with branch containing interchangeable meters. Used to analyze function of liquid measurement devices. May be diverted to liquid prover to calibrate meters.
- Gas Flow Measurement Side.
Low pressure air to simulate natural gas flow with varying flow rates. Used to analyze function of various gas measurement devices.
- Bi-Directional Prover.
Device used to calibrate liquid flow meters using a volumetric comparison. Four way valve allows bi-directional or bypass flow from liquid flow measurement side to tank.
- Positive Displacement Meter.
Liquid or gas measurement device that delivers flow rates based on actual volume of fluid through the meter compared to time. Sends pulses to flow computer for interpolation.
- Rotary Meter.
Fluid measurement device similar to the positive displacement meter, but for high flow. Uses volumetric method for determining flow rate. Contains symmetrical lobes that move in precise alignment to move specific amount of fluid. Pulses are sent to the flow computer for interpolation.
- Turbine Meter.
Measuring device with a propeller like turbine which has less restriction to the flow of fluid. Designed for higher flow rates, the meter sends pulses to a flow computer to determine flow rate.
- Ultrasonic Liquid Meter.
Liquid measurement meter with no moving parts. Measures the speed of sound waves through the liquid medium and sends an electrical current signal to a flow computer. Requires complex computational abilities, but has minimal effect on the flow.
- Ultrasonic Gas Meter.
Similar to the ultrasonic liquid meter. Measures the speed of sound waves through the gaseous medium and sends an electrical current signal to a flow computer. Requires complex computational abilities, but has minimal effect on the flow.
- Coriolis Meter.
Complex measurement device for gas or liquids which uses the "coriolis" effect to determine flow rate. As the fluid moves through the U shaped tube, it causes a twisting effect that can is proportional to flow rate. The meter converts the effect to an electric current signal to the flow computer where flow rate is determined.
- Orifice Meter.
A type of differential pressure meter where flow rate is inferred from the difference of pressures before and after an orifice restriction. The gas static pressure, density, viscosity, and temperature must be measured or known in addition to the differential pressure for the meter to accurately measure the fluid.
Real-Time Data Acquisition and Display
Below is a sample page from the HMI interface with the liquid flow lab. Students will learn how the system reports real time data for the operator via the PLC and communications network. Through the HMI, students will learn how the system reports alarms, flow, temperature, pressure, as well as issue commands the system to increase flow, open and close valves, divert to the prover, and bypass.
Classes and Credits
Selected classes are available for onsite training at your facility. Training can be tailored for newcomers or seasoned technicians seeking to expand their skill sets. Call ETS to schedule a tour of our training center.