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Natural gas flow meter types?


Always remember that to get an accurate measurement, having the correct technology is critical. Here are the things you should consider when choosing a flowmeter for natural gas.

What does the application do?

It is essential to understand the application of flowmeter technology before you choose one natural gas flow measurement device. Recently we posted some tips to keep in mind when picking the correct gas flow meter. Understanding is central to making the right decision.

Natural gas flow meter types?


#1 What purpose will it serve? Are you picking meters for submetering, industrial gas processing, custody transfer, or monitoring? Is it a volumetric natural gas flow meter or mass flow meter you need? How much cost you will spend on the natural gas flow meter? Do you need inline natural gas flow meter?Or insertion natural gas flow meter?

#2 What type of gas is it measuring? Is it a mixture of gases or a single gas? What is the flow range, process temperature, accuracy required, and pressure? Will the gas be clean and dry. Or dirty, corrosive, and wet.

#3 Where is the intended installation? What conditions is it going to work under? Extreme temperatures? Will it have enough straight run? What regulations must it meet, if any? Are vibrations or noise a concern?

#4 What do you need it to do? Do you need a local or gas flow totalizer display? What calibrations do you need? Will advance electronics or upgrades be required? Do you need natural gas flow meter totalizer? Will you need it maintained? Do you need digital natural gas flow meter ?

Once you have gathered all this information, you can now make a more educated decision when choosing the correct gas flow sensor.

Refer to page two to recap the four types of natural gas meters that exist

  • ☪   Volumetric flow
  • ☪   Velocity meters
  • ☪   Inferential flowmeters
  • ☪   Mass flow meters for natural gas measurement

Natural gas flow meter types

Following your review of the selection guide, it is likely that you have narrowed the field to a few meters that might suit your purpose. Now you should list the advantages and disadvantages of each to make a more educated decision based on their operating principles.

  • ✔  Thermal mass flow meter and Coriolis mass flow meters can measure both new gas technology and mass flow. Thermal mass meters are used to measure industrial process gas, whereas Coriolis is utilized fiscally to measure natural gas. Natural gas flow measurement units for these natural gas flow meter can SCFM, kg/h,g/s,g/min,NL/h;
  • ✔  Diaphragm and rotary meters are PD or positive displacement meters and are prevalent in traditional gas technology for the custody transfer of gas and the measurement of utility bills
  • ✔  Gas Turbine flow meters are a standard technology and velocity-type tool that calculates natural gas for applications used in custody transfer.
  • ✔  Ultrasonic flowmeters are a newer technology. They are mainly used for custody transfer application
  • ✔  Vortex flow meter for natural gas are yet another velocity meter primary used in the industrial measurement of gas as they came late to the custody transfer approval game.
  • ✔  DP meters or Differential pressure meters, a traditional tech, they are an inferential meter that includes V-Cone meters, Pitot tube, orifice plate, and venturi meters. They have been approved for custody transfer
  • ✔  Rotameters are a traditional gas technology that has been utilized as industrial flow meters
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