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20100161249METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TRANSFERRING A LIQUID HAVING A GAS INCLUSION AT LEAST AT TIMES AND FOR DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF LIQUID TRANSFERRED - The invention relates to a method for transferring a liquid having a gas inclusion at least at times and for determining the amount of liquid transferred, in which the liquid is conveyed through a line, a degree of filling measurement is carried out in the line, a flow measurement is carried out in the line and a calculation, in particular multiplication, is performed on the result of the degree of filling measurement and the result of the flow measurement, whereby a conveyed amount value is obtained. It is thereby provided that the conveyed amount value, which is obtained by performing a calculation on the result of the degree of filling measurement and the result of the flow measurement, is corrected with a value which takes into consideration a dissolution of the gas inclusion in the liquid, whereby a corrected conveyed amount value is obtained, and the corrected conveyed amount value is used as a measure for the liquid amount transferred. The invention further relates to a device for transferring a liquid and for determining the amount of liquid transferred, whereby said device can be designed in particular to implement the method according to the invention.06-24-2010
20100138169WET-GAS FLOWMETER - Methods and apparatus determine phase fractions for phases within a fluid mixture flow under a wide range of flow conditions including wet-gas flow. Appropriate flow algorithms can utilize this phase fraction information with a total flow rate of the mixture to find individual flow rates for phases, such as oil, water, and gas or gas and liquid, which can represent a combination of oil and water phases. For some embodiments, a multiphase flowmeter includes an array of spatially distributed pressure sensors configured to determine a velocity of the mixture flow and hence the total flow rate, which is applied with information from a differential pressure meter to calculate the bulk density of the fluid mixture. Further, additional speed of sound information or a water-in-liquid ratio as may be determined by spectral analysis can enable differentiation between the oil and water phases.06-03-2010
20100010755METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING AN IMPULSE LINE BLOCKAGE IN A PRESSURE TRASDUCER, AND PRESSURE TRANSDUCER - A method for the detection of diagnosis of a blockage of an impulse line in a pressure measurement transducer and a corresponding pressure measurement transducer are disclosed, in which at least one characteristic value is compared with at least one reference value for the analysis of at least one measurement signal and, depending on the result of the comparison, an action is triggered, wherein the, or every, characteristic value is produced, with the aid of at least single parameters of a model describing the transmission behavior of impulse lines with which the pressure measurement transducer is coupled to a line traversed by a fluid.01-14-2010
20110191038MASS FLOW CONTROLLER WITH IMPROVED DYNAMIC RESPONSE - A system and method of characterizing or controlling a flow of a fluid is provided that involves a sensor conduit and a bypass. A plurality of fluids may be utilized in the flow control device based on characteristic information of the device generated during calibration thereof. The characteristic information, in turn is based on a dimensionless parameters, such as adjusted dynamic pressure and adjusted Reynolds number.08-04-2011
20100106433MULTIVARIABLE PROCESS FLUID FLOW DEVICE WITH FAST RESPONSE FLOW CALCULATION - A process fluid flow device includes process communication circuitry, a processor, and measurement circuitry. The process communication circuitry is configured to communicate with at least one additional process device. The processor is coupled to the process communication circuitry and is configured to execute instructions to provide a plurality of cycles, wherein each cycle includes a number of flow-related calculations. Measurement circuitry is operably coupleable to a plurality of process variable sensors to obtain an indication of differential pressure during each cycle, and to obtain static pressure, and process fluid temperature. The processor is configured to compute a process fluid flow value using a current differential pressure sensor indication and at least one flow-related value calculated during a previous cycle. The process communication circuitry communicates the computed process fluid flow value to the at least one additional process device.04-29-2010
20090125252Device for Transmitting Measured Values - A device for transmitting measured values having a sensor module including miniaturized components and an evaluation unit, in which the sensor module has connections for different sensors, one or more sensors are connected to the sensor module, and the sensor detect operating states of a centrifugal pump arrangement including a pump and a drive motor as measured values, and in which the sensor module is connected to a power supply and processes the measured values. The sensors (05-14-2009
20120166110METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMPONENT RESISTANCE TO FLOW - A method and system for monitoring component integrity are provided. The system includes a flow monitoring system includes one or more sensors configured to generate a signal representative of a flow through a component, a signals representative of a pressure of a fluid at a location upstream of a component, a pressure of the fluid at a location downstream of the component; and a temperature of the fluid at the component and a processor programmed to determine a value indicative of a density of the fluid at the component using the temperature, determine a value indicative of an equivalent resistance to flow at the component using the generated signals and the determined density, and output the determined equivalent resistance to flow value.06-28-2012
20100138168APPARATUS AND A METHOD OF MEASURING THE FLOW OF A FLUID - An apparatus and method for measuring a mass flow rate of a multi-phase fluid flowing through a conduit. The apparatus includes a differential pressure element located in the conduit, wherein a first differential pressure measurement device is in communication with the multi-phase fluid between a first and second position across the differential pressure element and is able to measure a first fluid differential pressure. A second differential pressure measurement device is in communication with the multi-phase fluid between a third and fourth position across the differential pressure element and is able to measure a second fluid differential pressure. A processor is in communication with the first and second differential pressure measurement devices, and is able to calculate the Reynolds number and discharge coefficient using the first and second fluid differential pressures. The processor is also capable of calculating the mass flow rate by using the Reynolds number and discharge coefficient.06-03-2010
20090306911METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING A WATER CUT DETERMINATION USING A SEQUESTERED LIQUID-CONTINUOUS STREAM - An apparatus and method for determining the water cut value of a multiphase fluid flowing within a pipe is provided. The device includes a sequestering structure disposed within the pipe, a transmitting device, a receiving device, and a processing device. The sequestering structure at least partially defines a sensing passage within the pipe, which passage has a gap extending substantially normal to a direction of fluid flow within the pipe. The sensing passage is oriented to sequester an amount of a liquid component of the multi-phase fluid sufficient to form a continuous liquid body extending across the gap of the sensing passage. The transmitting device is operable to transmit a signal through the liquid across the gap of the sensing passage. The receiving device is operable to receive the signal after it has traversed the liquid within the sensing passage, and create sensor data. The processing device is in communication with at least the receiving device to receive and process the sensor data to determine the water cut value of the liquid.12-10-2009
20120191381FLOW RATE SENSOR - A flow rate sensor is disclosed, comprising a flow rate calculation part that calculates a flow rate of a fluid based on an expression using X07-26-2012
20110022335REAL-TIME NON-STATIONARY FLOWMETER - The invention concerns a system for real-time measurement of the instantaneous flow rate of a fluid with steady or unsteady flow in a conduit, comprising a flow member (01-27-2011
20110022334Upstream volume mass flow verification systems and methods field of the disclosure - This disclosure relates to mass flow verification systems for and methods of measuring and verifying the mass flow through a mass flow measurement device such as a mass flow controller. A mass flow verification system comprises a preset volume, a temperature sensor, and a pressure sensor. The measured verified flow determined by the mass flow verification system can be adjusted to compensate for errors resulting from a dead volume within the mass flow measurement device.01-27-2011
20090248324FIRE HOSE TESTING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A method for testing a plurality of fire hoses having respective service test pressures and the test apparatus therefor wherein each hose is required to maintain a test pressure for a specified duration to pass the test. The test pressure is proportional to the service test pressure. Each hose is coupled to a respective hose fitting of a respective branch test conduit. Each branch test conduit includes an isolation valve, a pressure transducer, and a hose fitting downstream of the isolation valve. A variable frequency-variable speed controls a motor which drives a positive displacement water pump supplying water to and pressurizing a water header conduit and a plurality of branch test conduits interconnected therewith. An algorithm applied to the error signal for a respective hose line generates a pump speed command limited by the controller to regulate the rate of increase of pump output pressure.10-01-2009
20110054811MONITORING A FILTER USED FOR FILTERING A FLUID IN AN AIRCRAFT ENGINE - The invention relates to a system for monitoring a filter (03-03-2011
20110106463METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE DELIVERY VOLUME OF AN INJECTION PUMP - By detecting the pressure time characteristic on the high-pressure side of an injection pump, the delivery volume of the pump is able to be determined without intervention in the injection system.05-05-2011
20110301877 Method and Apparatus for Wet Gas Flow Measurements and Measurement of Gas Properties - A method for determining the flow rates of a fluid comprising a multi-component mixture of a gas and at least one liquid in a pipe, the method comprising the following steps: a. The temperature and pressure of the multi-component mixture is determined, b. the fractions of the multi-component mixture is determined based on at least two measured physical properties of the multi-components mixture and knowledge of the same physical property of the individual components of the multi-component mixture, c. the velocity of the multi component mixture is determined, d. based on the result from step a-c, the flow rate of the individual component of the fluid is determined, characterized by a method for determining the physical properties of at least one of the components of the multi-component mixture where e. an electromagnetic loss or phase measurement is performed, f. a statistical parameter related to the electromagnetic measurement is calculated, g. the said statistical parameter is compared to an empirical derived threshold value corresponding to the value of the statistical parameter when only one of the component of the multi component mixture is present, and h. the said physical properties of said fluid is determined if the statistical parameter exceeds the threshold value for the said component and used in step b-d to provide an improved value of the fractions, velocity and flow rate of the individual components of the multi-component mixture. An apparatus for performing the method is also disclosed.12-08-2011
20100088045FLOW METER AND AIRFLOW MEASUREMENT USING AN AIRFOIL - One embodiment provides a flow meter including an airfoil movably secured in the airflow path of a fan in an electronic system. The airfoil is configured to generate a lift component in response to the airflow. A sensor engages the airfoil and generates a signal in relation to the movement of the airfoil. Airflow parameters such as volumetric airflow rate and turbulence may be identified by an analysis of the movement of the airfoil.04-08-2010
20110295525CYLINDER INTAKE AIR AMOUNT CALCULATING APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A cylinder intake air amount calculating apparatus for an internal combustion engine for calculating a cylinder intake air amount which is an amount of fresh air sucked into a cylinder of the engine, is provided. An intake air flow rate, which is a flow rate of fresh air passing through an intake air passage of the engine, is obtained, and an intake pressure and an intake air temperature of the engine are detected. A theoretical cylinder intake air amount is calculated based on the intake pressure, the intake air temperature, and a volume of the cylinder. A volumetric efficiency of the engine is calculated by dividing a preceding calculated value of the cylinder intake air amount by the theoretical cylinder intake air amount. The cylinder intake air amount is calculated using the volumetric efficiency, the intake air flow rate, and the preceding calculated value of the cylinder intake air amount.12-01-2011
20110270541AIR FLOW RATE SENSOR - Disclosed is an air flow rate sensor capable of sensing an air flow rate and respirator air flow rate. The air flow rate sensor includes a chamber having left and right portions having same internal diameters and a central portion having an internal diameter greater than the internal diameters of the left and right portions, first and second pressure taps provided at the left and right portions of the chamber, respectively, and a pressure sensor connected to the first and second pressure taps to measure a differential pressure between the left and right portions of the chamber. There are obstacles on the path of air flow, so that exact and uniform measurement characteristics are maintained. Since energy loss is measured by using vortex, the structure of the air flow rate sensor is simplified. The air flow rate sensor is used as a respirator air flow rate sensor.11-03-2011
20090112491Flow rate verification failure diagnosis apparatus, flow rate verification failure diagnosis system, flow rate verification failure diagnosis method, and control program product for flow rate verification failure diagnosis - A flow rate verification failure diagnosis apparatus is applied to a gas supply pipe system including flow rate control devices and a flow rate verification unit for detecting flow rate abnormality by measuring flow rate of each of the flow rate control devices on the basis of pressure measured by a pressure measurement device. The flow rate verification failure diagnosis apparatus comprises a failure diagnosis device having a mode to diagnose a failure in the pressure measurement device at a time of the flow rate verification unit detecting the flow rate abnormality, thereby the reliability of flow rate verification can be enhanced.04-30-2009
20110172935METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A FORCE ACTING ON A BODY - The present invention provides a method and a system for determining forces which act on a body with a controlled volume which is provided inside the flow tunnel and in which the body is arranged. A first measuring means is used to measure a pressure distribution for each surface defining the controlled volume. A second measuring means measures a velocity field for each defining surface of the controlled volume. Furthermore, a calculation unit is provided for calculating the forces acting on the body as a function of the pressure distributions and velocity fields measured for the defining surfaces of the controlled volume.07-14-2011
20110208447Method and Apparatus for Measuring Parameters of a Fluid Flowing within a Pipe Using a Configurable Array of Sensors - An apparatus for measuring at least one parameter associated with a fluid flowing within a pipe includes a single sheet of piezoelectric film material wrapped around at least a portion of the pipe and an array of sensors disposed at different locations on the film material. Each of the sensors provides a signal indicative of pressure within the pipe at a corresponding axial and/or circumferential location of the pipe. The sensors are selectively configurable to provide the pressure signals. The signals are processed to determine the parameter. The array of sensors is configurable in response to different criteria. The criteria includes at least one of the parameter of the fluid to be output, an input signal specifying sensors to be selected, a predetermined configuration based on the parameter to be determined, and in response to a previously determined parameter of the fluid.08-25-2011
20080312849Anode Bleed Control Strategy for Improved Water Management and Hydrogen Utilization - A control strategy for bleeding an anode side of fuel cell stack in a fuel cell system that improves water management and addresses durability and performance concerns. The method includes determining when to begin the anode bleed, typically by estimating or measuring the amount of nitrogen in the anode side of the stack. The method also includes determining when to end the anode bleed based on the volume of gas that has been bled. The method determines the mole flow rate of the anode gas flowing through a bleed valve, integrates the mole flow rate to get the number of moles of the gas that have passed through the bleed valve, determines a desired amount of moles to be bled, and ends the bleed when the actual number of moles of the gas equals the desired number of moles of the gas.12-18-2008
20080281534Flow testing system for fluid networks - An apparatus, system, method and kit for testing fluid flow and pressure is provided. The apparatus, system, method and kit include or include the use of a flow unit which is configured to measure flow rate and/or flow velocity when interfaced with a flow valve or hydrant and a pressure unit configured to measure at least residual pressure when interfaced with a test valve or hydrant. At least one of the units is configured to wirelessly send data transmissions to the other unit which is configured to receive such transmissions.11-13-2008
20110270540APPARATUS FOR MEASURING FLOW VELOCITY AND FLOW RATE OF GROUNDWATER LEAKING FROM EARTH SURFACE AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING THE SAME - An apparatus for measuring a flow velocity and a flow rate of groundwater leaking from the earth surface includes: a storage tank that is fixed to close a side surface and a top surface of an earth surface region from which the groundwater leaks and that stores the groundwater leaking from the earth surface; a liquid column tube that causes the groundwater stored in the storage tank to introduce thereto and causes a water column to rise; and a pressure-type measuring unit that is formed in a top opening of the liquid column tube and that senses a differential pressure. Accordingly, it is possible to easily and rapidly measure a flow velocity and a flow rate of groundwater leaking from the earth surface by the use of a user's terminal in real time, or by time zones, or on the user's request.11-03-2011
20080319686Procedure for diagnosis of an emission treatment method and procedures to carry out same said method - A procedure specifically for the execution of a diagnosis of an emission treatment system is being introduced. The pressure of the reagent between the first and second valve and/or between the second valve and the injector valve is measured and the pressure measuring signal are the basis of the diagnosis. The first and second valve, are opened in an alternating cycle, where the opening time, and/or the period duration of the first and second valves are set in such a way that the emerging diagnostic flow volume is smaller than the measuring flow volume. The procedures pursuant to the invention thereby reduce the influence of dynamic precursors of the reagent flow in the reagent line and enables, aside from an increase in reliability of the diagnosis results, a diagnosis possibility of small leakages.12-25-2008
20090198457ALGORITHM TO DIAGNOSE LEAKS OR BLOCKAGES DOWNSTREAM OF THE SECONDARY AIR INJECTION REACTION (SAIR) PRESSURE SENSOR - A control module and method for an exhaust system of an engine can include a secondary air intake (SAI) pressure module that monitors SAI pressure. An accumulation module can accumulate an SAI string length based on the monitored SAI pressure. A calculation module can determine an average SAI string length based on the accumulated SAI string length. A determination module can determine an operating characteristic of the vehicle exhaust based on the average SAI string length.08-06-2009
20090063059Flow verification system and flow verification method - A flow verification system is adapted to verify flow characteristics just after a flow control device starts flow control by verifying a flow rate in a gas piping system which includes a first cutoff valve, the flow control device installed downstream from the first cutoff valve, and a pressure sensor for measuring pressure downstream from the flow control device, flow verification is made based on the pressure measured by the pressure sensor. The flow verification system further comprising a benchmark storage device for storing a benchmark which is calculated by integrating the pressure values measured by the pressure sensor during a normal flow control operation, and an abnormality detection device for detecting an abnormal flow of process gas by integrating the pressure values measured by the pressure sensor to calculate a pressure integrated value and comparing the pressure integrated value with the benchmark when the process gas is supplied to the flow control device through the first cutoff valve, controlled in a flow rate by the flow control device, and supplied to the pressure sensor.03-05-2009
20100191481FLOW METERING - An improved flow meter, which has diagnostic capabilities due to the reading of total pressure head loss, calculation of corresponding flow rate and comparison with flow rates calculated from other differential pressures.07-29-2010
20080215259Flow Meter Differential Pressure Monitoring - Apparatus and associated systems, methods and computer program products relate to monitoring the performance of an operating gas meter by automatic and substantially continuous differential pressure (dP) measurement. Measured dP may be compared against a baseline dP characteristic to determine if the measured dP exceeds a threshold value above a baseline dP characteristic. If the threshold is exceeded, then the system may generate a signal to request repair or replacement of the meter. After installation, some embodiments collect dP data over time and/or over a range of flow rates to automatically learn a baseline dP characteristic under installation conditions. A system may switch from a default baseline dP characteristic to a learned baseline dP characteristic. Some embodiments may further correct volume or flow rate signals for line pressure and/or temperature. Further embodiments provide a passive apparatus to protect a dP sensor against transients in line pressure and/or differential pressure.09-04-2008
20110112773MEASURING PROPERTIES OF STRATIFIED OR ANNULAR LIQUID FLOWS IN A GAS-LIQUID MIXTURE USING DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE - Embodiments of the present invention provide for measuring flow properties of multiphase mixtures within a pipe carrying hydrocarbons. Embodiments of the present invention use differential pressure measurements of multiphase mixtures flowing in phase-separated flow regimes to analyze characteristics of a liquid phase of the multiphase mixture. The phase-separated flow regimes may be provided by flowing the multiphase mixture in a substantially horizontal pipeline or swirling the multiphase mixture. The combination of differential measurements with measurements from other sensors, such as ultrasonic sensors, microwave sensors, densitometers and/or the like may provide for multiphase flow measurements, such as flow rates of the different phases or determination of the speed of sound.05-12-2011
20100241368METHOD FOR REAL TIME MEASUREMENT OF MASS FLOW RATE OF BULK SOLIDS - Method for real time measurement of mass flow rate of bulk solids, in where said bulk solids are loaded, or unloaded, by a pneumatic transport system, comprising the following steps: arranging at least two pressure gauges in a pipe section of the transport system, as measuring devices; measuring pressure drop ΔP between said pressure gauges as the gas-solids flow of air and bulk solids takes place; calculating suspension density ρ09-23-2010
20100241367Sensor, Program Storage Unit, Control Unit, and Promgram Storage Medium - At a time of a teaching mode that is performed before conditions of a flow path where fluid flows, a pressure and a flow rate of the fluid are sampled. Also at a time of a detection mode to detect the conditions of the flow path, the pressure and the flow rate are sampled. Then, in a case where a difference between the flow rate in the teaching mode in the pressure obtained in the detection mode and the flow rate in the detection mode is larger than a predetermined value, it is determined that clogging has been caused in the flow path. A processing program for this case is selectively transmitted in advance from a processing program storage device 09-23-2010
20120035866FLOW SENSOR WITH PRESSURE OUTPUT SIGNAL - This disclosure relates generally to flow sensors, and more particularly, to flow sensors that include a pressure related output signal. In one example, a flow sensor assembly may include a housing with an inlet flow port, an outlet flow port and a fluid channel extending therebetween, with a flow sensing element positioned in the housing and exposed to the fluid channel. A filter insert may be situated in the fluid channel, sometimes upstream of the flow sensor. When so configured, the flow sensor assembly may output a pressure or differential pressure based, at least in part, on a value of the flow rate through the fluid channel as sensed by the flow sensor.02-09-2012
20100211332GAS FLOW METER READER - A gas flow meter reader has a first shaft that rotates in response to a first gas pressure from gas in a gas line, and a second shaft that rotates in response to a second gas pressure from the gas line. Each of the first and second shafts are connected to an inclinometer that converts the rotation of each of the first and second shafts into an electric signal. A processor is electrically connected to the inclinometers for processing the electric signals to output a flow rate of the gas in the gas line.08-19-2010
20100125424Dual-Mode Mass Flow Verification and Mass Flow Delivery System and Method - A system performs mass flow delivery of a fluid, and also performs mass flow verification of the fluid. The system includes an inlet valve that controls flow of the fluid into a chamber, an outlet valve that controls flow of the fluid out of the chamber, a pressure transducer that measures the pressure of the fluid within the chamber, a temperature sensor that measures the temperature of the fluid within the chamber, and a controller. The controller is configured to control opening and closing of the inlet and outlet valves, using the measurements of the pressure and the temperature change within the chamber, so as to verify, when in a first mode, a measurement of the flow rate of the fluid by a device, and so as to deliver, when in a second mode, a desired amount of the fluid from the chamber into a processing facility.05-20-2010
20090259415AIR FLOW METER FOR AN AUTOMOBILE - An air flow meter includes a tube having an exterior surface and an interior surface, which defines an interior space. A collector is disposed within the interior space of the tube and a plurality of transmission pins protrude from the interior surface of the tube. The plurality of transmission pins are configured to create ions when a voltage from a high voltage power supply is applied to the plurality of transmission pins. The collector is configured to collect the ions created by the plurality of transmission pins and output a collector signal.10-15-2009
20090319204METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VOLUMETRIC GAS IN-LINE SENSING - A method and apparatus for monitoring fluid in a fluid line are disclosed. The apparatus includes a first capacitor and a processor in communication with the first capacitor. The first capacitor is configured to sense the capacitance of the fluid line at the first capacitor. The processor is configured to compare the sensed capacitance at the first capacitor with a reference capacitance to determine the composition of the fluid in the fluid line at the first capacitor. In some embodiments, the apparatus also includes a second capacitor. The second capacitor is configured to sense the capacitance of the fluid line at the second capacitor. The processor is configured to compare the sensed capacitance at the second capacitor with a reference capacitance to determine the composition of the fluid in the fluid line at the second capacitor.12-24-2009
20090112490PLASMA SENSORS AND RELATED METHODS - Plasma sensors, systems and related methods are described. An example method for predicting an event includes providing a carrier signal across two electrodes and forming a plasma between the two electrodes. The example method also includes measuring a modulated signal from the plasma, manipulating the modulated signal to produce a value and comparing the value to a threshold. Finally, the example method includes determining the likelihood of the event based on the comparison.04-30-2009
20090105969Method and Device for the Assessment of Fluid Collection Networks - The improved monitoring device includes a data acquisition device with an accelerometer inside a bendable tube. One end of the tube is connected to a pole that may be secured to the top of a sewer manhole, while the other end is submerged in a fluid flow. The tilt, oscillations, and pressure exerted upon the tube due to fluid flow are measured and recorded. An improved method includes installing several monitoring devices into sewer system manholes, recording fluid level and flow, reading the recorded data, and displaying the data in chart or map form. Data may be displayed in two or three dimensional maps that may be overlaid with information of topography, street maps, and single or multiple sewer systems. Data displayed on the maps may include fluid flow rates, fluid levels, derivatives and integrals of flow rates, and differences in fluid levels or flow between monitoring devices.04-23-2009
20100305881GAS PRESSURE DETERMINATION IN A GAS/LIQUID FLOW - An apparatus and method is provided for determining the static gas pressure in a gas/liquid flow. The apparatus and method may be non-invasive relative to the flow to be analyzed. The apparatus and method may include swirling a multiphase flow so that the flow is separated into a gas core and a liquid outer layer, measuring flow parameters, including the liquid layer tangential velocity, the liquid holdup, and the static pressure of the flow at the wall of conduit, and determining the static gas pressure in the gas core from the measured flow parameters.12-02-2010
20100305882METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING MULTIPHASE FLUID FLOW - A method and apparatus for monitoring multiphase fluid flow passing within a pipe is provided. The method includes the steps of: a) providing a flow pressure value and a flow temperature value for the multiphase fluid flow within the pipe; b) providing a fluid flowmeter operable to be attached to an exterior of the pipe, the flowmeter including a spatial array of at least two sensors disposed at different axial positions along the pipe, which flowmeter is adapted to produce flow velocity signals indicative of a velocity of the fluid flow traveling within the pipe; c) providing a processor adapted to include an equation of state model for the pressure, volume, and temperature properties for the multiphase fluid flow, and further adapted to receive composition data values for the multiphase fluid flow, the flow pressure value, and the flow temperature value, and the flow velocity signals from the flowmeter; and d) determining a volumetric flow rate of one or both the gas phase and liquid phase of the fluid flow.12-02-2010
20100332154Velocity Based Method for Determining Air-Fuel Ratio of a Fluid Flow - A method for determining one or more fluid flow parameters for a fluid flowing within a pipe is provided. The fluid is a mixture of solid particles and gas. The method includes the steps of: a) providing a meter operable to determine the velocity of the fluid flow through the pipe, which meter is substantially insensitive to the particulate/gas mass ratio of the fluid flow; b) determining the velocity of the fluid flow within the pipe using the meter; and c) determining a particulate/gas mass ratio using a density value for the gas within the flow and the determined fluid flow velocity.12-30-2010
20110010111FLOWMETER - Detecting a leak, or the like, with high accuracy on the basis of pressure and a flow volume acquired during use of fluid is made possible.01-13-2011
20100228502System and Method For Monitoring Fluid Flow Through an Electrical Submersible Pump - A system for monitoring a condition of a downhole electrical submersible pump (ESP) assembly is disclosed. The system includes: a downhole assembly configured to be disposed in a wellbore in an earth formation; the ESP assembly connected to the downhole assembly and including a motor and a pump, the ESP assembly in electrical communication with a surface electrical source via a conductor; a power gauge unit configured to measure the electrical power supplied to the ESP assembly; and a processor configured to receive data from the power gauge unit and calculate a flowrate of the ESP assembly based on at least the electrical power supplied to the ESP assembly. Also disclosed is a method of monitoring a condition of a downhole ESP assembly09-09-2010
20100131212Method and device for providing air mass flow information in a supercharged internal combustion engine - A method for providing a characteristic quantity for a state of an air system of a supercharged internal combustion engine includes: detecting a characteristic quantity measured value as characteristic quantity information with the aid of a sensor; providing a characteristic quantity model, using which a characteristic quantity model value is computed on the basis of one or more quantities different from the characteristic quantity measured value; and providing the characteristic quantity either based on the characteristic quantity measured value or on the characteristic quantity model value computed by the characteristic quantity model, as a function of a state of the air system.05-27-2010
20100063753INTEGRATED VAPOR DELIVERY SYSTEMS FOR CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION PRECURSORS - One disclosed feature of the embodiments is a control processor in a vapor delivery system for chemical vapor deposition precursors. A pressurization rate processor calculates first and second pressurization rate curves at first and second time instants. A volume calculator computes consumed volume based on first and second volumes at the respective first and second time instants. The first and second volumes are computed using slopes of lines fitting the first and second pressurization rate curves.03-11-2010
20100057382WATER RESOURCE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A method for monitoring measurement of water resources controls a measurement meter to acquire and report measurement data of the water resource to a monitoring server through sending short messages comprising control commands. The method also presets a reporting period for the measurement meter to automatically acquire and report the measurement data to the monitoring server.03-04-2010
20110098944Thermal, flow measuring device - Thermal, flow measuring device and method for operating a thermal, flow measuring device. The thermal, flow measuring device has a first sensor with a first heatable resistance thermometer and at least an additional, second sensor with a second heatable resistance thermometer; wherein a decision coefficient is calculated according to the formula DC=(PC04-28-2011
20110153229SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A BI-PHASE FLUID - A measurement system and method of use include a fluid conduit for routing a base fluid therethrough, a gas conduit in fluid communication with the fluid conduit for mixing a gas into the base fluid to form a foamed bi-phase fluid, a foam conduit in fluid communication with the fluid conduit and the gas conduit to receive the bi-phase fluid therein, a first sensor disposed to measure a characteristic of the base fluid in the fluid conduit, a second sensor disposed to measure a characteristic of the gas in the gas conduit, a third sensor disposed to measure a characteristic of the bi-phase fluid in the foam conduit, and a processor for receiving data representing the measurement from at least one of the first sensor, the second sensor, and the third sensor, analyzing the data, and calculating a parameter of the bi-phase fluid based upon the data.06-23-2011
20120203475SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING PAINT FLOW IN PAVEMENT MARKING APPLICATIONS - Presented herein are a system and method (i.e., utilities) for monitoring the flow of materials used to mark road surfaces and other surfaces. The utilities utilize one or more pressure sensors to monitor in-line pressure of road marking material to determine the amount of material being applied. Electronic equipment receives signals from the pressure sensors, temperature sensors and/or additional monitoring equipment to generate an output indicative of an amount of material flow. In a further arrangement, the equipment generates an output indicative of a thickness of the read marking material as applied to a surface.08-09-2012
20100305880GAS/LIQUID FLOW RATE DETERMINATION - A method and system is provided for measuring a flow rate of a gas/liquid flow. The method and system for measuring the flow rate include flowing a swirling gas/liquid flow separated into a gas core and a liquid outer layer through a conduit containing a constriction having a reduced conduit cross-section, measuring the differential gas core static pressure between a position upstream of the constriction and a position at the constriction, measuring a further quantity which provides the flow rate of the gas, the flow rate of the liquid, or a correlation between the flow rate of the gas and the flow rate of the liquid, and determining the flow rates of the gas and the liquid from the differential gas core static pressure and said measured further quantity.12-02-2010
20110213572FLOWMETER ARRAY PROCESSING ALGORITHM WITH WIDE DYNAMIC RANGE - Methods and apparatus enable sensing flow of a fluid inside a conduit with an array of pressure or strain sensors. Inputs for a curve fit routine include power correlation values at one of multiple trial velocities or speeds of sound and several steps on either side utilizing data obtained from the sensors. The velocity at which a curve fit routine returns a max curvature result corresponds to an estimate value that facilitates identification of a speed of sound in the fluid and/or a velocity of the flow. Furthermore, a directional quality compensation factor may apply to outputs from the curve fit routine to additionally aid in determining the velocity of the flow.09-01-2011
20110004423FLOWMETER - Detecting a leak, or the like, with high accuracy on the basis of pressure and a flow volume acquired during use of fluid is made possible. A volume of gas flowing through a flow path 01-06-2011
20110054810DETERMINING PRESSURE - A method and apparatus are disclosed for determining a pressure in a topical negative pressure (TNP) system. The method includes the steps of determining a pumping speed associated with a pump element of a TNP system, determining a flow rate in a flow path associated with the pump element and determining pressure in the flow path responsive to the pumping speed and flow rate.03-03-2011
20110125424COMPOSITE GAS FLUID FLOW MEASURING METHOD AND ITS DEVICE - A composite method for measuring gas fluid flow, comprising the steps of: (a) providing a bypass pipe astride to a mechanical device for measuring gas fluid flow with a temperature sensor and a pressure sensor, (b) providing an MEMS flowrate sensor on the bypass pipe, (c) connecting the temperature sensor, the pressure sensor, the mechanical device for measuring gas fluid flow and the MEMS flowrate sensor to a data processing system, and (d) linking the data processing system with a data display system, wherein the measured data from the temperature sensor, the pressure sensor, the mechanical device for measuring gas fluid flow and the MEMS flowrate sensor is processed by the data processing system and gas fluid flow data is displayed by the data display system.05-26-2011
20110125423THERMAL INSPECTION SYSTEMS - A thermal inspection system includes a fluid source configured to supply a warm flow and a cool flow, indirectly or directly, to internal passage(s) of a component. The system includes an imager configured to capture a time series of images corresponding to a transient thermal response of the component to the warm and cool flows. The system further includes at least one flow meter configured to measure the warm and cool flows supplied to the component and a processor operably connected to the imager. The processor determines the transient thermal response of the component around a transition time. The flow supplied to the component switches from the warm flow to the cool flow at the transition time. The processor compares the transient thermal response around the transition time with one or more baseline values or with an acceptable range of values to determine if the component meets a desired specification.05-26-2011
20110137580FLOW MEASUREMENT METHOD AND DEVICE - The invention relates to a device and a method for measuring volumetric flow rates of preferably liquid, but also gaseous fluids. A movably mounted membrane, one side of which can fluidically communicate with the pressure of the conveyed medium, is the core of the measuring instrument. Changes in pressure, which occur particularly in pulsating conveying mechanisms (e.g. diaphragm pumps), result in cyclic pressure variations in the measuring chamber and on the measuring membrane. If there is no pulsation because a non-pulsating conveying mechanism is used, the pulsation can be generated by means of an additional pulsating mechanism. The cyclically changing deflection of the measuring membrane can be detected by means of a suitable sensor, particularly a piezo active material that generates a tension when being bent, and can be fed to an electronic evaluation unit, for example. In a particularly advantageous embodiment, the conveying or pulsating mechanism and the measuring device are composed of nearly the same elements and are integrated into a common housing.06-09-2011
20110098943Thermal, flow measuring device - Thermal, flow measuring device and method for operating a thermal, flow measuring device, wherein the thermal, flow measuring device has a first sensor with a first heatable resistance thermometer and at least an additional, second sensor with a second heatable resistance thermometer. A decision coefficient is calculated according to the formula DC=(PC04-28-2011
20090292484MULTIVARIABLE PROCESS FLUID FLOW DEVICE WITH ENERGY FLOW CALCULATION - A process fluid flow device includes a power supply module, a process communication module, a processor and measurement circuitry. The process communication circuitry is coupled to the power supply module and to the processor. The measurement circuitry is operably coupleable to plurality of process variable sensors to obtain an indication of differential pressure, static pressure and process fluid temperature. The processor is configured to compute process fluid mass flow, and to use the static pressure and process fluid temperature to obtain an energy per unit mass value relative to the process fluid and to provide an energy flow indication.11-26-2009
20110137584METHOD OF DETECTING SLUGS OF ONE PHASE IN A MULTIPHASE FLOW - A method of detecting the presence of a slug of condensate in a conduit carrying a saturated steam comprising using a flow meter to provide an output signal representing mass flow rate of the saturated steam through the conduit; determining the rate of change of the output signal; and generating an alert in response to a predetermined profile of the output signal, when the profile includes a rate of change of the output signal falling outside a predetermined range.06-09-2011
20110137583METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCING IN-SITU GAS FLOW MEASUREMENT PERFORMANCE - An in-situ gas flow measurement controller measures the temperature and rate of pressure drop upstream from a flow control device (FCD). The controller samples the pressure and temperature data and applies the equivalent of a decimating filter to the data to produce filtered data at a slower sampling rate. The controller derives timestamps by counting ticks from the sampling clock of the A/D converter that is sampling the pressure at regular intervals to ensure the timestamps associated with the pressure samples are accurate and do not contain jitter that is associated with software clocks. The controller additionally normalizes the temperature reading to account for power supply fluctuations, filters out noise from the pressure and temperature readings, and excludes data during periods of instability. It calculates the gas flow rate accounting for possible non-linearities in the pressure measurements, and provides the computed gas flow measurement via one of many possible interfaces.06-09-2011
20110264384FLOW METER - A simple, passive and rugged device for measuring the flow rate of liquid. A variable area obstruction valve, a differential pressure sensor and a densitometer are combined in a single housing to provide for a highly accurate and precise measure of mass flow.10-27-2011
20100017151Detecting A Fouled Air Filter In A Computer Equipment Enclosure - Detecting a fouled air filter in a computer equipment enclosure that includes an air filter, a supply plenum connecting the air filter and the computer equipment enclosure, a fan operating at a current fan speed, and a filter monitoring module connected for data communications to a management module. Detecting a fouled air filter according to embodiments of the present invention includes calculating, by the filter monitoring module, a pressure differential across the air filter; determining, for the current fan speed by the filter monitoring module in dependence upon a pressure differential profile for the air filter, whether the calculated pressure differential across the air filter exceeds a predetermined threshold value; and if the calculated pressure differential across the air filter exceeds the predetermined threshold value, reporting, by the filter monitoring module to the management module, that the calculated pressure differential across the air filter exceeds the predetermined threshold value.01-21-2010
20090312962Method and Device for Determining the Instantaneous Mass Flow of Pulsating Flows - The invention relates to a method for determining the instantaneous rate of the mass flow of a flow of a fluid pulsating periodically at a frequency f, said method comprising the following steps: a) a pressure gradient in the flow over a certain period (P) is determined, b) the harmonic amplitude of the pressure gradient is calculated by means of Fourier transformation, c) the frequency f and the time t are converted into dimensionless numbers F, t and d) the rate of the mass flow is determined using a table from which at least one corresponding value describing the mass flow rate and/or a phase difference can be deduced for each dimensionless number F of the frequency f.12-17-2009
20100198533Gas Lift Well Surveillance - Apparatuses, methods, and computer program products for evaluating the performance of a gas lift well are disclosed. A gas lift well surveillance kit is disclosed. A method for evaluating the performance of a gas lift well includes injecting a tracer into an annulus, measuring a concentration of the tracer present in a substance retrieved from the well, determining actual travel times of the tracer, segmenting the gas lift well into a plurality of ranges of well depth, determining lift gas loss parameters, calculating lift gas velocities in the annulus and in the production tubing for each of the plurality of ranges of well depth based on the lift gas loss parameters, and determining points of entry of the lift gas into the production tubing based on: (i) the actual travel times of the tracer, and (ii) the lift gas velocities in the annulus and in the production tubing.08-05-2010
20110307194CHARACTERISATION OF MASK SYSTEMS - A method and a CPAP apparatus for characterizing different mask systems, e.g., masks and hoses, are provided. The apparatus can be calibrated for different mask systems and hoses by including sensors for measuring flow and pressure at a flow generator of the apparatus. When the flow generator is fitted to a new system, or changes are made to an existing system, mask or patient interface, and/or hose, a method of calibrating the flow generator is provided. The method includes determining air flow characteristics of the hose using flow measurements made during a first test period when flow through the system is open, measuring or estimating pressure in the system during a second test period when flow through the system is blocked, and determining air flow characteristics of the diffuser using the air first test period flow characteristics of the air delivery hose and the second test period pressure measurements.12-15-2011
20110307193METHOD OF DYNAMICALLY ESTIMATING THE FRESH AIR FLOW RATE SUPPLIED TO AN ENGINE WITH HIGH-PRESSURE AND LOW-PRESSURE EGR CIRCUITS - A method of estimating fresh air flow rate entering an engine, for example a diesel engine, supercharged by a turbocharger, including at least one intake manifold of a volume, an exchanger, an air filter, a high-pressure EGR circuit, a low-pressure EGR circuit, an inlet butterfly, an exhaust butterfly, a flow meter, a pressure sensor, a temperature sensor, and a pipe between the flow meter and the inlet of the intake manifold. The method measures temperature, pressure and fresh air flow rate through the flow meter, calculates the engine flow rate, calculates the mass of gas between the flow meter and the inlet to the intake manifold, calculates the mass of gas in the manifold, measures or estimates the high-pressure EGR flow rate, calculates the flow rate of gas through the manifold, calculates the level of low-pressure EGR at the inlet manifold, calculates the mass of air between the flow meter and the inlet to the manifold, calculates the estimated level of EGR, and estimates the dynamic air flow rate from the engine flow rate and from the level of EGR at the inlet to the engine.12-15-2011
20110307192MASS FLOW METERING SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFT APPLICATIONS - A method of calculating fuel flow across an aircraft flight cycle includes the steps of providing a flow meter, and an alternative method of measuring fuel flow. The flow meter is used to calculate fuel flow over a portion of a flight cycle of an aircraft equipped with the system. Fuel flow is calculated with the alternative measurement system at least during maximum power flow portions of the flight cycle. A system is configured for performing this method. A method of calculating mass flow across a fuel metering unit uses fuel flow volume measurements and information about the fuel to reach a mass flow measurement.12-15-2011
20110307191METHOD OF DETERMINING POSITION OF A VALVE - A method of determining the position of a valve includes, measuring pressure at a first location within a bore and measuring pressure at a second location within the bore wherein the first location and the second location are positioned on opposing longitudinal sides of the valve. The method further includes analyzing values from the measuring and attributing characteristics of the analyzing to specific valve positions.12-15-2011
20090326839VELOCITY-ENHANCED FLOW MEASUREMENT - A process fluid flow measurement device includes a fluid flow member having an inlet with a first diameter and a throat with a second diameter that is smaller than the first diameter. A first process fluid pressure tap is disposed proximate the inlet and a second process fluid pressure tap is disposed proximate the throat. A differential pressure sensor is operably coupled to the first and second process fluid pressure taps. Differential pressure measurement circuitry is coupled to the differential pressure sensor to provide a differential pressure signal related to a difference in pressure between process fluid pressure at the first and second taps. A process fluid velocity measurement device is positioned in the throat to measure a velocity of process fluid flowing therethrough and provide a fluid velocity indication. The differential pressure sensor signal and the fluid velocity indication are used to provide a calculated indication of fluid flow. This calculated indication can be relative to multiphasic fluids such as two-phase or three-phase fluids.12-31-2009
20110137582METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCING IN-SITU GAS FLOW MEASUREMENT PERFORMANCE - An in-situ gas flow measurement controller measures the temperature and rate of pressure drop upstream from a flow control device (FCD). The controller samples the pressure and temperature data and applies the equivalent of a decimating filter to the data to produce filtered data at a slower sampling rate. The controller derives timestamps by counting ticks from the sampling clock of the A/D converter that is sampling the pressure at regular intervals to ensure the timestamps associated with the pressure samples are accurate and do not contain jitter that is associated with software clocks. The controller additionally normalizes the temperature reading to account for power supply fluctuations, filters out noise from the pressure and temperature readings, and excludes data during periods of instability. It calculates the gas flow rate accounting for possible non-linearities in the pressure measurements, and provides the computed gas flow measurement via one of many possible interfaces.06-09-2011
20120004863METHOD OF MONITORING SOOT MASS IN A PARTICULATE FILTER AND MONITORING SYSTEM FOR SAME WITH CORRECTION FOR ACTIVE REGENERATION INEFFICIENCY - A method of monitoring soot mass in a particulate filter of an exhaust system includes determining a pressure differential across the filter, obtaining a first soot mass estimate by fitting the determined pressure differential to a first stored database of measured or modeled pressure differentials and corresponding measured soot masses taken during filter regeneration using a substantially similar filter previously loaded following a complete filter regeneration, and obtaining a second soot mass estimate by fitting the determined pressure differential to a second stored database of measured or modeled pressure differentials and corresponding measured soot masses taken during filter regeneration using a substantially similar filter loaded following an incomplete filter regeneration. Actual soot mass is estimated by calculating a weighted sum of the first and second soot mass estimates with weighting based on operating parameters indicative of regeneration efficiency. A monitoring system for a particulate filter is also provided.01-05-2012
20120232811VIBRATORY FLOWMETER FRICTION COMPENSATION - The invention relates to meter electronics (20) for vibratory flowmeter friction compensation is provided. The meter electronics (20) includes an interface (201) configured to communicate with a flowmeter assembly (10) of a vibratory flowmeter (5) and receive a vibrational response and a processing system (203) coupled to the interface (201) and configured to measure a mass flow rate of a fluid using the vibrational response. The processing system (203) is configured to determine a fluid velocity (V) using the mass flow rate, a fluid density (ρ), and a cross-sectional flow area (A), determine a friction factor (f) using the fluid velocity (V) and a pressure drop (ΔP), and determine a compensation factor using the friction factor (f). The invention also relates to a vibratory flowmeter compensation method.09-13-2012
20120059603FILTER DEVICE TEST APPARATUS, FILTER INTEGRITY TESTING METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - An apparatus automatically carries out an integrity test on a filter device having a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet and a venting port. The apparatus includes a filter integrity testing device having a pressure sensor and/or a flowmeter. An inlet connector is connectable to the fluid inlet, is connected via a wetting liquid supply valve to a wetting liquid supply, and is connected via a drainage valve to a first drain. An outlet connector is connectable to the fluid outlet and via an outlet valve to the first or a second drain. A venting port connector is connectable to the venting port and via a measurement valve to the pressure sensor and/or flowmeter. The venting port connector also is connected via a venting valve to a venting pipe, and via a measurement gas valve to a measurement gas source. The valves are controlled by the filter integrity testing device.03-08-2012
20090312963SYSTEM, PROGRAM PRODUCT, AND RELATED METHODS FOR ESTIMATING AND MANAGING CRUDE GRAVITY IN REAL-TIME - Systems, program product, and methods to estimate and manage flowing fluid characteristics of a fluid stream flowing through a pipeline in real-time, are provided. A system can include a vertically oriented extent of a pipeline for transporting crude oil, a pair of spaced vertically apart sensors or sensor assemblies connected to a bypass line interfaced with or positioned across the vertically oriented extent of the pipeline to obtain pressure and temperature readings of the crude oil flowing through the pipeline, a controller in communication with the pair of sensors or sensor assemblies, and crude oil analysis and management program product stored in the memory of the controller and adapted to determine or estimate density, specific gravity, and API gravity of the crude oil to thereby manage flowing fluid characteristics of the crude oil.12-17-2009
20090099794FLOW METER - A simple, passive and rugged device for measuring the flow rate of liquid. A variable area obstruction valve, a differential pressure sensor and a densitometer are combined in a single housing to provide for a highly accurate and precise measure of mass flow.04-16-2009
20110106462Two-Phase Fluid Flow Measuring Apparatus and Process - An apparatus is provided for measuring a flow rate of a two-phase fluid flowing within a conduit including a chamber having at least one transparent wall in fluid communication with the conduit; a high-speed imaging system in visual communication with the at least one transparent wall; means for obtaining a temperature value and a pressure value of the two-phase fluid flowing within the conduit; and means for determining the flow rate of the two-phase fluid by analyzing the images obtained by the high-speed imaging system, and from the temperature value and the pressure value for the two-phase fluid flowing within the conduit. Processes for determining the flow rate of a two-phase fluid flowing within a conduit are also provided.05-05-2011
20100094569VISCOUS FLUID FLOW MEASUREMENT USING A DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE MEASUREMENT AND A SONAR MEASURED VELOCITY - A method and apparatus for determining a parameter of fluid flow within a piping system is provided. The method includes the steps of: a) determining a measured velocity of the fluid flow within the piping system using a fluid flow meter; b) determining a measured difference in pressure value within the fluid flow using a differential pressure meter; c) selecting an estimated Reynolds number of the fluid flow; d) determining a calculated difference in pressure value using a model which relates the calculated difference in pressure value to the measured velocity and the estimated Reynolds number of the fluid flow; e) determining a degree of inaccuracy of the estimated Reynolds number using the measured difference in pressure and the calculated difference in pressure; and f) iteratively adjusting the estimated Reynolds number, determining the calculated difference in pressure, and determining the degree of inaccuracy using the adjusted Reynolds number, until the degree of inaccuracy is within an acceptable range.04-15-2010
20110029259METHOD FOR GENERATING A DIAGNOSTIC FROM A DEVIATION OF A FLOW METER PARAMETER - A method for detecting a deviation in a flow meter parameter of a flow meter that is adapted to measure a fluid flow rate is provided. The method comprises measuring a differential pressure across at least a portion of the flow meter. The method further comprises comparing the measured differential pressure to an expected differential pressure; the expected differential pressure being based on the measured flow rate. The method further comprises detecting a deviation in the flow meter parameter if the difference between the measured differential pressure and the expected differential pressure exceeds a threshold limit.02-03-2011
20110029258PRESSURE MEASUREMENT FOR FLOW METERING DEVICE - A flow metering device includes a flow tube, a motor for positioning the flow tube, an outlet nozzle in fluid communication with the flow tube, and an inlet nozzle in fluid communication with the flow tube. The outlet nozzle has an outlet pressure tap and the inlet nozzle has an inlet pressure tap. The inlet nozzle, the flow tube, and the outlet nozzle define a flow path that has a plurality of recirculation zones. At least one of the inlet pressure tap and the outlet pressure tap opens within one of the recirculation zones.02-03-2011
20120123703METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE INJECTION LAW OF A FUEL INJECTOR USING A ROLLER-TEST BENCH - A method determines an injection law of a fuel injector to be tested in an injection system and includes steps of: completely interrupting feeding of fuel from a fuel pump to a common rail; avoiding opening of all injectors except for one to be tested; measuring initial pressure of the fuel inside the rail before starting the opening of the injector; opening the injector for consecutive openings with a same test-actuation time; measuring final pressure after ending the opening; determining a pressure drop in the rail during the opening (equal to a difference between the initial and final pressures); estimating, according to the pressure drop, a fuel quantity that is actually injected by the injector when the injector is opened for the time; and causing an internal-combustion engine using the system to rotate by an external actuator during the openings to allow execution of consecutive openings with the same time.05-17-2012
20120166109System and Method for Determining Air Propagation Data in a Braking Arrangement of a Train - A system for determining air propagation rate through a pneumatically-controlled braking arrangement of a train, the braking arrangement having a controller for adjusting air pressure of air transmitted through a brake pipe from a lead locomotive to a rear railcar, the system including: a lead device positioned on the lead locomotive and configured to associate first time data with first air pressure data sensed in the brake pipe at a first position; a rear device positioned on the rear railcar and configured to associate second time data with second air pressure data sensed in the brake pipe at a second position; and a control device configured to determine air propagation data based at least partially upon at least one of the following: first time data, first air pressure data, the first position, second time data, second air pressure data, the second position, or any combination thereof.06-28-2012
20120136590METHOD FOR DETERMINING CHARACTERISTIC VALUES, PARTICULARLY OF PARAMETERS, OF A CENTRIFUGAL PUMP AGGREGATE DRIVEN BY AN ELECTRIC MOTOR AND INTEGRATED IN A SYSTEM - A method for determining characteristic values of an electrometrically driven centrifugal pump assembly with a speed controller, said assembly being integrated in an installation, includes determining characteristic values by way of electrical variables of the motor and of the pressure produced by the pump, with which one successively runs to at least two different operating points of the pump. Delivery rates are determined in the installation at the run-to operating points, and the characteristic values are determined based on the delivery rates.05-31-2012
20090018783METHOD FOR ACQUISITION AND PROCESSING OF AN INTAKE PRESSURE SIGNAL IN AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE WITHOUT AN INTAKE MANIFOLD - Method of acquisition and processing of an intake pressure signal in an internal combustion engine without an intake manifold; the internal combustion engine having at least one cylinder that receives fresh air through an intake duct, which is controlled by a butterfly valve and is provided with a pressure sensor connected to an electronic control unit. The acquisition and processing method provides for the following steps: measuring, via the pressure sensor, the instantaneous induction pressure at a plurality of different crank angles distributed over an engine cycle; storing, during each engine cycle, the instantaneous induction pressures in a fast acquisition buffer of the electronic control unit; and determining, at the end of each engine cycle, the mean induction pressure in the engine cycle by calculating a mean of the instantaneous induction pressures previously stored in the fast acquisition buffer of the electronic control unit.01-15-2009
20120265453Air Data Sensor Device - An air data sensor device using a flow around a cylinder is provided. The air data sensor device may include a sensor measurement unit which includes a sensor body provided in a cylindrical form including a hollow inside, a plurality of pressure measurement holes disposed on an outside of the sensor body, and a thermostat attached to one side of the sensor body, and a signal processing unit which includes a pressure sensor connected to the plurality of pressure measurement holes, and a microprocessor connected to the pressure sensor to perform calculation. A main pressure measurement hole having a high pressure value may be selected from the plurality of pressure measurement holes, pressure distribution may be calculated, and at least one of an angle of attack, a static pressure, and a total pressure may be calculated using the pressure distribution.10-18-2012
20120265452METHOD OF MONITORING GAS SUPPLY DURING A CRYOSURGICAL PROCEDURE - The invention is a method for monitoring an amount of gas available in a cryosurgical system used for conducting a cryosurgical procedure. Based on information pertaining to a planned cryosurgical procedure, cryoprobe-specific information for each cryoprobe connected to the cryosurgical system, the specified volumetric capacity of a cryogas source, and measured pressure of the gas in the cryogas source, the method determines the mass flow rates of gas flowing through each cryoprobe, the total mass flow rate of the gas through the cryosurgical system, and the mass of the gas in the cryogas source at standard atmospheric conditions. The amount of time available for completing the cryosurgical procedure before the cryogas source is expended is determined as the arithmetic ratio of the mass of the gas in the cryogas source to the total mass flow rate of the gas through the cryosurgical system.10-18-2012
20120323502FLOW VOLUME MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND FLOW VELOCITY MEASUREMENT DEVICE - A flow volume measurement device or a flow velocity measurement device include a measurement cell including a main pipe, an incident tube that is connected to the main pipe, an emission tube that is connected to the main pipe, and a first purge-fluid supply tube that is connected to the incident tube, a purge-fluid supply unit that supplies purge fluid into the first purge-fluid supply tube of the measurement cell, a light emitting unit that emits a laser beam to the measurement cell, a light receiving unit that receives the laser beam emitted from the light emitting unit and having passed through the measurement cell, and outputs a received amount of light as a light reception signal, a calculation unit that calculates a flow volume or a flow velocity of exhaust fluid flowing in the measurement cell, based on a light reception signal output from the light receiving unit.12-20-2012
20110046900IMPULSE ANALYSIS FOR FLOW SENSOR-BASED FLUID CONTROL SYSTEM - A fluid flow control system using flow rate changes to extract additional information from an in-line flow sensor. The system provides the ability to determine a position of a movable flow sensor element of a flow sensor by illuminating a photosensitive pixel array with a light source to create a first set of pixel intensity values, introducing an abrupt change to the fluid driving pressure, illuminating the photosensitive pixel array with a light source to create a second set of pixel intensity values, and calculating the difference between the first and second sets of pixel intensity values as a function of pixel position.02-24-2011
20110238331METHODS FOR DETERMINING A REMAINING USEFUL LIFE OF AN AIR FILTER - A method is provided herein for determining a remaining useful life of an air filter. The method includes, but is not limited to, measuring a first airflow rate and a first air pressure (P09-29-2011
20100198532APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASUREMENT OF TUBE INTERNAL DIAMETER - A method and apparatus for determining the theoretical internal diameter of a tube of unknown internal diameter comprising an air regulation system comprising a pressure regulator and a volumetric flow meter for obtaining an actual volumetric flow rate through the tube of unknown internal diameter. Calculating a theoretical volumetric flow rate for a range of tubes of known internal diameters. Calculating the theoretical internal diameter of the tube of unknown internal diameter, wherein the actual volumetric flow rate obtained from the apparatus is interpolated with the respective theoretical volumetric flow rates of the tubes of known internal diameter to obtain the theoretical internal diameter of the tube of unknown internal diameter.08-05-2010
20110137581METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCING IN-SITU GAS FLOW MEASUREMENT PERFORMANCE - An in-situ gas flow measurement controller measures the temperature and rate of pressure drop upstream from a flow control device (FCD). The controller samples the pressure and temperature data and applies the equivalent of a decimating filter to the data to produce filtered data at a slower sampling rate. The controller derives timestamps by counting ticks from the sampling clock of the A/D converter that is sampling the pressure at regular intervals to ensure the timestamps associated with the pressure samples are accurate and do not contain jitter that is associated with software clocks. The controller additionally normalizes the temperature reading to account for power supply fluctuations, filters out noise from the pressure and temperature readings, and excludes data during periods of instability. It calculates the gas flow rate accounting for possible non-linearities in the pressure measurements, and provides the computed gas flow measurement via one of many possible interfaces.06-09-2011
20110161017MEASURING SYSTEM HAVING A MEASURING TRANSDUCER OF VIBRATION-TYPE - The measuring system comprises: A measuring transducer of vibration-type, through which medium flows during operation and which produces primary signals corresponding to parameters, especially a mass flow rate, a density and/or a viscosity, of the flowing medium; as well as a transmitter electronics electrically coupled with the measuring transducer for activating the measuring transducer and for evaluating primary signals delivered by the measuring transducer. The measuring transducer includes at least one measuring tube for conveying flowing medium; at least one electro-mechanical, oscillation exciter for exciting and/or maintaining vibrations of the at least one measuring tube, a first oscillation sensor for registering inlet-side vibrations at least of the at least one measuring tube and for producing a first primary signal of the measuring transducer representing vibrations at least of the at least one measuring tube, and a second oscillation sensor for registering outlet-side vibrations at least of the at least one measuring tube and for producing a second primary signal of the measuring transducer representing vibrations at least of the at least one measuring tube. The transmitter electronics, in turn, delivers at least one driver signal for the oscillation exciter for effecting vibrations of the at least one measuring tube and generates, by means of the first primary signal and by means of the second primary signal, as well as with application of a Reynolds number, measured value representing a Reynolds number, Re, for medium flowing in the measuring transducer, a pressure difference, measured value, which represents a pressure difference occurring between two predetermined reference points in the flowing medium.06-30-2011
20130024138METHODS FOR MEASURING LEAKAGE RATE AND INFERRING PRODUCTION RATE OF AN OILFIELD DOWNHOLE PUMP - Methods for measuring the leakage rate of a downhole pump using either measured axial load information from the drive rod string or using measured production data. The invention is for methods of applying the leakage rate to a downhole dynamometer card, for a reciprocating rod pump, for determining well production.01-24-2013
20120253705WATER REMOVING DEVICE FOR EXTREMELY HIGH WATER CONTENT THREE-PHASE FLOW, AND MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR EXTREMELY HIGH WATER CONTENT THREE-PHASE FLOW - An extremely high water cut oil-gas-water three phase flow water removing device, which includes a mist eliminator (10-04-2012
20130096850METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN ABSOLUTE FLOW RATE OF A VOLUME OR MASS FLOW - Method for determining an absolute flow rate of a volume or mass flow, comprising the following process steps:04-18-2013
20130103325METHOD FOR OPERATING A VORTEX FLOWMETER DEVICE - Method for operating a vortex flowmeter device for measuring the flow of a fluid that flows through a measuring tube in which a baffle is arranged for producing eddies in the fluid. A signal-processing device processes signals of first and sensors produced by pressure fluctuations. A first signal is obtained by multiplication of the signal of the first sensor with a correction factor, and the second signal is obtained by multiplication of the signal of the second sensor with another correction factor such that a wanted signal is obtained from the deviation between the first signal and second signals, and a sum signal is formed from the sum of the first and second signals. A correlation between the wanted signal and the sum signal is determined and the correlation is minimized by variation of the correction factors, whereby same-phase interfering signals superimposed on anti-phase sensor signals are at least minimized.04-25-2013
20110213573FLOW METER - A flow meter for monitoring fluid flow through a pipeline, the flow meter comprising a conduit having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet for communication with respective sections of the pipeline; a target element positioned inside the conduit between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet, the target element being mounted for resilient axial displacement under a pressure differential between the inlet and the outlet; an arm secured at an anchor point on one side of the conduit and extending radially across the conduit, the target element being coupled to the arm for applying a load to the arm, upon said axial displacement of the target element, so as to deflect the arm relative to the anchor point; a sensor arrangement for measuring deflection of the arm at a point on the opposite side of the applied load to the anchor point; and a processor configured for providing a signal representative of the steam flow through the conduit in response to said measured deflection.09-01-2011
20100286931 SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR DETERMINING FLUID FLOW RATE USING A PRESSURE SENSOR AND A THERMAL MASS FLOW SENSOR - The present invention relates to a system, method, and computer program product for determining the flow rate of a fluid. The system, method, and computer program product generate a thermal sensor based mass flow rate for the fluid, where the thermal sensor based mass flow rate is determined at least in part from the thermal sensor signal (11-11-2010
20100299087METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING PRESSURE SENSORS OF AN AIR SUPPLY OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE - A method for diagnosing pressure sensors of an air supply of an internal combustion engine, the air supply having an intake port, which, viewed in the air supply direction, leads into at least two sub-ports, via which air is suppliable to different cylinder banks of the internal combustion engine, a first pressure sensor being assigned to a first sub-port, a second pressure sensor being assigned to a second sub-port, and a third pressure sensor being assigned to the intake port, a first air mass flow associated with the first pressure sensor, a second air mass flow associated with the second pressure sensor and a third air mass flow associated with the third pressure sensor being ascertained, pressure values ascertained by the first pressure sensor and the second pressure sensor being compared to each other and the sum of the first air mass flow and the second air mass flow being compared to the third air mass flow.11-25-2010
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20110282595THERMAL ICING CONDITIONS DETECTOR - A sensor for detecting icing conditions in an airstream includes a flow housing mounted on an aircraft and in which one or more probes are mounted. At least one of the probes subjected to impingement of the airstream and liquid moisture droplets in such airstream. The heat removal, or cooling effect on the probe in the airstream carrying liquid droplets is determined. A temperature signal indicating the airstream temperature is combined with signals from the at least one probe for determining whether or not icing conditions are present.11-17-2011
20130197831FLUID FLOW RATE MEASURING DEVICE AND WATER METER - A water meter that requires neither a smoothing capacitor of large capacitance nor a high frequency reference clock is offered. A rotation detection unit is formed to include a first coil, a first capacitor, a charging transistor, a power supply line, an activation transistor, an output buffer circuit, a DA converter, a comparator and a counter. A first LC resonant circuit is provided with the activation transistor connected in series with the first coil, the first capacitor connected in parallel with the first coil and the charging transistor for charging the first capacitor. The first LC resonant circuit is activated by turning on the activation transistor after the first capacitor is charged by turning on the charging transistor.08-01-2013
20120046886MASS-AIRFLOW MEASUREMENT CONVERSION APPARATUS FOR INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CARBURETORS - A mass-airflow measurement conversion apparatus for internal combustion engine carburetors includes a plurality of pressure sensors disposed at different location along an air intake path of an internal combustion engine, each sensor adapted to sense a pressure of air flowing into the internal combustion engine and output an electrical signal as a pressure signal corresponding to the sensed air pressure; and a calculation section which receives the pressure signals and generates a mass air flow signal as an output signal based on the received pressure signals.02-23-2012
20130204547SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING A REAL TIME SOLID FLOW RATE IN A SOLID-GAS MIXTURE - A system for determining a real time solid flow rate of a solid-gas mixture is provided. The system includes multiple sensors, a data-fusion unit and an estimating unit. The sensors generate multiple measurement signals for obtaining at least two measured values of the real time solid flow rate. The data-fusion unit receives the measured values and establishes a state-space model based on the measured values. The estimating unit estimates the state-space model to generate an estimated value of the real time solid flow rate. A method for determining a real time solid flow rate of a solid-gas mixture is also presented.08-08-2013
20130211744Method and apparatus for continuous online monitoring of a pulsating pump - There is described a method for continuous online monitoring of a pulsating pump. A first step involves monitoring discharge pressure patterns caused by each stroke of the pulsating pump. A second step involves using a computer processing unit to analyse each pressure spike in the discharge pressure patterns and arrive at derived calculations for stroke length, stroke frequency and flow rate. A width of the base of the pressure spike is indicative of pump stroke frequency and an area of the pressure spike being indicative of fluid pumped per stroke. The pump's stroke length and the pump flow rate is fluid pumped per stroke multiplied by stroke frequency.08-15-2013

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