Difficult flow measurement problems require innovative solutions, ranging from using existing flowmeters in a unique way to developing entirely new technologies because current instruments can’t handle the application. In this article, we’ll look at several creative solutions to flow measurement issues.
Build a Better Coriolis Meter
Keith Simpson is the I&E controls manager for Continental Carbon, which makes carbon black in Houston. Simpson recently helped develop a new process for producing carbon black, but he and his colleagues couldn’t measure mass flow with any existing products. They had to measure the mass flow rate of a feedstock coming out of a preheater at 500-600 °F.
“At the time, no manufacturer made a Coriolis meter that would run at temperatures that high,” says Simpson. “We tested several, burned them up in our pilot plant, and proved they wouldn’t work.”