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Honeywell releases ultrasonic flowmeter for gas pipeline ‘metering intelligence’

Honeywell Process Solutions introduces a new range of ultrasonic flowmeters designed to help natural gas producers improve efficiency by more accurately tracking the movement of gas through pipelines.

In an environment where many oil and gas companies face a major skills shortage, the USM GT400 ultrasonic flowmeter meets a critical need as it reduces the amount of effort required to maintain pipeline metering.

Honeywell flowmeters are currently used in thousands of installations worldwide to measure the volume of gas across the supply and value chain. 

The USM GT400 ultrasonic flowmeter measures the volume of natural gas at every stage of its movement, storage and utilisation, which is important because the volume of gas transported via pipelines to consumers is metered for billing purposes.

According to Tony Tielen, vice president of Honeywell Process Solutions’ Engineered Field Solutions division, as the natural gas industry continues expanding, companies have a tighter margin of error when it comes to lowering operating and capital costs, improving uptime and reducing risks. Explaining that accuracy is the key to staying within those margins, he adds that the USM GT400 ultrasonic flowmeter is able to achieve true metering intelligence using a unique blend of multi-path measuring technology, field-proven electronics, sophisticated diagnostics and a user-friendly interface.

Compliant with CEESmaRT technology, a secure, cloud-based solution for condition-based monitoring, the USM GT400 provides stability during flow perturbations thanks to its direct-path technology with six measuring paths on three levels. The paths are arrayed in an X-pattern in horizontal planes, an orientation that enables measurement of swirl, cross-flow and asymmetry, as well as transparent path velocity weighting per the Gauss-Chebyshev profile model for compressible fluids.

The USM’s electronics are used to handle path-specific measurements while optimising internal diagnostics. It includes speed of sound (SoS) and flow velocity calculations, signal processing and data storage capabilities, and can interface to flow computers, gas chromatographs and SCADA systems. The meter’s transducer, which operates at standard frequencies of 120 or 200 kHz with alternate frequencies available for noisy environments, consists of piezoelectric crystals fully encapsulated in titanium housing for resistance to dirt. 

Regulator noise has marginal impact on the flowmeter’s measurements, thanks to Honeywell’s proprietary, MID-approved detection algorithm, coupled with the unique transducer design. This combination extends signal amplitude for a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) versus traditional intrinsically safe transducers. Additionally, Honeywell’s patented ‘live’ Precision Adjustment maintains the measurement accuracy of the meter at all times.

Windows-based RMGViewUSM software allows manufacturers to monitor the health of the ultrasonic flowmeter, alerts users to upset conditions, and provides diagnostics for alarming. It also allows direct access to the electronic measuring system via a PC to read out and change parameters, represent measured values, and create test certificates and data sheets.

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