By McCrometer, Inc.
McCrometer announces the newest VCone® FPSO Flow Meter which will be exhibited at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), May 4-7, Reliant Center, Pavilion Booth 8127. The VCone Flow Meter offers proven differential pressure (dP) flow measurement technology with built-in flow conditioning that reduces upstream/downstream straight pipe run requirements by up to 70% or more. This significant reduction in pipe requirements adds up to cost savings in materials and installation labor while reducing overall weight and saving valuable deck space. Using less pipe and thereby reducing weight also can simplify vessel balancing, which makes it easier to find the optimal location for meter installation.
The effects of swirl and other pipeline disturbances caused by nearby valves or elbows often hamper flow meter performance by negatively affecting measurement accuracy and repeatability. For this reason, most flow meter installations require 10 to 40 straight pipe diameters upstream from the meter and 5 or more straight pipe diameters downstream, to smooth the liquid flow profile prior to measurement. With built-in flow conditioning, the V-Cone Flow Meter needs only 0 to 3 straight pipe diameters upstream and 0 to 1 downstream to operate effectively and maintain accuracy.