Design of a large scale flow-meter test and calibration facility

C. Corrales-Barallobre, R. Martínez-Huen, L. Alvarez, G. Polanco, L. Rojas-Solórzano

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The design and set up of a large-scale flowmeter calibration and test facility is presented. The facility was designed to handle flowmeters with diameters between 6" and 14", flow rates up to 0.3 m 3/s and to give results less than 1% accurate. The calibration methodology consisted firstly in calibrating the pattern flowmeters, using volume and time primary measurements, and secondly, comparing the pattern to the flowmeters needing calibration. The design and calculation of the primary calibration device is addressed, including numerical simulations of the outflow manifold and the comparison to experimental data. The calibration facility proved to be accurate and reliable in producing renewed calibration data for various tested flowmeters.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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