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Detection of the error generated by a single elbow on an ultrasonic flow meter
Luleå tekniska universitet.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Embedded Internet Systems Lab.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4133-3317
2002 (English)In: ISA TECH/EXPO Technology Update Conference Proceedings: ETCON 2002, ISA - Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society , 2002, Vol. v 426 II, 1268-1279 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Ultrasonic flow meters are accurate and non-intrusive. However, one of their drawbacks is their sensitivity to installation effects especially when elbows or pulsating flows are found in front of the meter's inlet. Depending on the flow rate, such installations can create perturbations on the flow measurement. These perturbations cause an increase of the noise level as well as a possible error on the flow estimation. A technique using the noise level as a criterion for making a diagnostic of the error is presented. The perturbations are examined and compared to gaussian distributed signals. A basic method for detecting gaussian perturbations with equal means is described. The likelihood ratio is first computed in the general case. It is also computed making the assumption of uncorrelated signals. Receiver Operating Characteristics (R.O.C.) are plotted. The assumption of gaussian perturbations is then investigated. Optimal thresholds are proposed for both methods and for a large interval of flow rates (from 0.4 ml/s to 0,75 1/s). Probabilities of detection and of false alarm are evaluated for both methods. It is concluded that correct detection can be performed. The optimal threshold is to be chosen by the operator.

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ISA - Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society , 2002. Vol. v 426 II, 1268-1279 p.
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Industrial Electronics
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-35609Local ID: a331fcf0-6b8b-11db-83c6-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1008862
Emerging Technologies Update : 22/10/2002 - 23/10/2002
Godkänd; 2002; 20061103 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-01-19Bibliographically approved

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