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August 2015

Pump Station Control: Modulating Control Strategy (Part 2)

As previously stated, modulating flow using a variable speed drive to vary pump speed is more energy efficient than installing a control valve on the pump discharge. In a control valve installation, the pump generates hydraulic pressure, some of which is dissipated across a restriction (the control valve) to manipulate flow. click for more...

Part VI: Still Searching for a Solution - While a Jacketed Pipe Helps Reduce Flowmeter 'Scrams', It Doesn't Solve the Problem Entirely

Last month I suggested the hypothesis that liquid ammonia enters the unit with bubbles, causing the liquid ammonia ultrasonic flowmeter to break its ultrasonic circuit, incorrectly measure zero flow, and (in turn) cause the reactor to scram (shut down). Installing a section of jacketed pipe to cool the liquid ammonia upstream of the flowmeter reduced the number of scrams substantially. click for more...

Why Was the Flowmeter Installed in the Middle of the Straight Run?

My initial gut reaction is that this piping installation was laid out by a piping designer with minimal or no input from an instrumentation engineer or instrument designer. click for more...



In addition to over 35 years of experience as an instrument user, consultant, and expert witness, David W Spitzer has written over 10 books and 250 articles about flow measurement, level measurement, instrumentation, and process control. David (with Walt Boyes) is the author of seven Consumer Guides to various industrial flow and level technologies. David teaches his flow measurement seminars in both English and Portuguese.

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