Detection of improper installation from the sensor signal of vortex flowmeters

Axel Rossberg, P. Riegler, F. Buhl, J. Herwig, J. Timmer

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Effects of inappropriate installation can bias the measurements of flowmeters. For vortex flowmeters, a method is proposed to detect inappropriate installation of the flowmeter from the oscillatory signal of the vortex sensor. The method is based on assuming the process of vortex generation to be a generic, noisy, nonlinear oscillation, describable by a noisy Stuart-Landau equation, with a corresponding sensor signal that also contains higher harmonic excitations. By making use of the scaling properties of the Navier-Stokes Equation, the method was designed to be robust with respect to uncertainties in the fluid properties. The diagnostic functionality is demonstrated on measurement data. In the experiments, installation effects that lead to more than 0.5% error in the output of the flowmeter could clearly be detected. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalFlow Measurement and Instrumentation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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