Lesson 1 - Properties of Fluid Flow

Topics:

Fluids in motion; Establishing a pressure difference; Indicating flow; Factors affecting flow rate; Reynolds number

Learning Objectives:
– Explain the difference between density and relative density (specific gravity).
– Define fluid velocity, viscosity, and volume flow rate.
– Describe laminar flow and turbulent flow.
– Explain how static head, friction head, and velocity head differ from each other.
– Explain how pipe size, pipe friction, and fluid viscosity affect the measurement of fluid flow.

Lesson 2 - Primary Measuring Devices

Topics:

Flow measurement in filled pipes; Restricting flow; Pressure drop; Orifice plates; Flow nozzles; Turndown and rangeability; Pipe taps

Learning Objectives:
– Describe direct and indirect flow measurement methods.
– Describe how a primary device creates a differential pressure.
– Give at least three examples of common primary devices and explain how each works.
– Describe the significant features of orifice plates and explain their functions.
– Discuss the conditions that determine the length of straight pipe required for each kind of primary flowmeter.

Lesson 3 - Secondary Measuring Devices

Topics:

Manometers; Liquid pressure measurement; Hazards of mercury; Bellows meter; DP transmitter; Target meter; Deadweight tester

Learning Objectives:
– Explain why both accuracy and precision are required in a secondary measuring device.
– Describe how an inclined manometer differs from a conventional U-tube manometer.
– Explain how to calibrate dry and wet manometers.
– Give examples of secondary measuring devices and explain how they work.
– Explain how to calibrate a differential pressure transmitter and discuss the different outputs available.

Lesson 4 - Variable-Area Instruments

Topics:

Rotameters; Measuring gas flow; Specific gravity, pressure, and temperature; Float and tube shapes; Piston, vane, and special meters

Learning Objectives:

– Discuss the similarities and differences between rotameters and orifice instruments.
– Compare the benefits of linear and nonlinear scales and explain how a square-root extractor is used.
– Explain how calibration, relative density, viscosity, and temperature affect rotameter readings.
– Describe how changes in the pressure, temperature, and relative density of a gas affect the ability of a rotameter to measure its flow rate.
– Discuss the operation of piston- and vane-type flowmeters and explain why armored rotameters and orifice-plug flowmeters are used.

Lesson 5 - Open-Channel Flow Devices

Topics:

The weir; Notch shapes; Weir precautions and maintenance; Using nomographs to calculate flow; Flume terminology and uses; Ultrasonic and capacitance level sensors

Learning Objectives:
– Describe the structure and function of a weir.
– Identify various weir components-notch, crest, pond, bulkhead, and head gauge.
– Describe the construction and function of a Parshall flume.
– Identify the parts of a Parshall flume-crest, throat, stilling well, and diverging and converging sections.
– Explain how ultrasonic and capacitance-level measuring devices are used to detect open-channel flow rates.

Lesson 6 - Positive-Displacement Meters

Topics:

Piston and rotating-vane meters; Nutating-disk, lobed impeller, oval, and helix flowmeters; Dry-gas bellows meter; Calibration

Learning Objectives:
– Describe the advantages and disadvantages of positive-displacement meters.
– Describe the operation of the reciprocating piston meter and the oscillating piston meter.
– Describe the operating principles of the sliding-vane rotary meter and the nutating-disk meter.
– Identify the elements in lobed impeller, oval, and helical flowmeters.
– Explain the operation of a dry-gas bellows meter.
– Discuss the calibration of positive-displacement meters.

Lesson 7 - Turbine and Magnetic Flowmeters

Topics:

Turbine flowmeter types, components, principles, construction, and installation; Magnetic flowmeter construction, output, and installation

Learning Objectives:
– Describe the operating principles governing turbine flowmeters.
– Discuss the construction of turbine flowmeters.
– Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of turbine flowmeters.
– Describe the operating principle governing magnetic flowmeters.
– Describe significant advantages and disadvantages of magnetic flowmeters.

Lesson 8 - Specialized Flowmeters

Topics:

Vortex-precession and vortex-shedding meters; Mass, thermal, and ultrasonic flowmeters; Heat-transfer, immersion-probe, and hot-wire meters

Learning Objectives:
– Discuss in detail the operation of a vortex-precession meter.
– Define the term vortex-shedding and describe vortex-shedding meters and their output system.
– Explain mass flow and describe a Coriolis meter.
– Describe three kinds of thermal flowmeters.
– Describe the Doppler-shift, beam-deflection, and frequency-difference methods used by ultrasonic flowmeters.

Lesson 9 - Metering the Flow of Solid Particles

Topics:

Volumetric and mass flowmeters for solids; Belt-type solids meters; Slurries; Constant-weight feeders

Learning Objectives:
– Define the term meter factor and explain how it is obtained.
– Explain the operation of a mass flowmeter.
– Discuss the operation of the belt-type solids meter.
– Describe how a slurry is made, transported, and metered.
– Discuss the continuous measurement and control of the flow of solid material in a process.

Lesson 10 - Installation and Maintenance of Flow Instruments

Topics:

Primary flow elements; Pressure taps; Piping, fittings, and valves; Electrical hookup; Maintenance precautions; Preventive maintenance; Calibration

Learning Objectives:
– Describe components of a differential flow measurement system.
– List guidelines for correct installation.
– Discuss the principles of thorough and safe instrument maintenance.
– List the steps in instrument calibration.
– Discuss the basic rules of safety in instrument servicing.