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Title: Recent And Likely Developments In Flow Measurement
Author: Roger C Baker
Source: 2002 International Symposium on Fluid Flow Measurement
Year Published: 2002
Abstract: This paper attempts to summarise the considerable published work in flow measurement that has taken place over the past five or so years. The author has reviewed the literature5 and brought together over 200 references. This task was to bring up to date the work in his Flow Measurement Handbook4. A large number of papers have been included, but many others have been missed, or omitted to keep the review within a reasonable length. In this paper an attempt is made to identify the most important trends in that period. The dominant factors are identified: management aspects such as application, cost of ownership, audit and maintenance developments in meter design, and the dominance of three: the electromagnetic, ultrasonic and Coriolis meters for wet gas and multiphase flows industrial developments market and manufacture. In conclusion the paper suggests likely future trends: New types of flowmeter are likely to appear to complement the 100+ types already on offer, and manufacturers will attempt to offer a range for all applications. Multiphase flowmeters will continue to be developed for component flow rates, wet gas, and water-in-oil. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solutions might be capable of replacing rig testing in the near future. Previously insoluble applications problems are now within the scope of new materials. Modern developments in sensors and in signal processing may call for a review of existing meter designs. The power of digital methods to analyse signals is likely to affect meters increasingly, not least multiphase meters. Information technology will affect all stages from initial interpretation of the signal, through bus systems and interface to computers. It will also influence the modelling of the metered networks. Taking the whole manufacturing process from identification of product, through design to marketing, sales and product maintenance, we are likely to see much greater attention to reducing variation and waste, and increasing quality, over the next 10 years.

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