Global manufacturer Honeywell has launched an ultrasonic flowmeter designed to help natural gas producers better measure the volume of gas in pipelines and more accurately track its movement.

The USM GT400 Ultrasonic Flowmeter measures natural gas at every stage of its movement, storage and use.

It aims to help companies keep better control on their overall costs as the volume transported to customers is metered for billing purposes.

Tony Tielen, vice president of Honeywell Process Solutions' Engineered Field Solutions division, said: “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.”

Mr Tielen says the flowmeter also helps to reduce the amount of effort needed to maintain pipeline metering, which is seen as important as the oil and gas industry faces a skills gap as many experienced engineers retire.

Measuring paths

Compliant with CEESmaRT technology – a cloud-based solution for condition-based monitoring – the USM GT400 provides stability during flow perturbations due to its direct-path technology with six measuring paths on three levels.

The paths are arrayed in an “X” pattern in horizontal planes. This orientation 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.

Windows-based RMGView software allows manufacturers to monitor the health of the 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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