Press Release Summary:
With one sensing element that combines thermal mass flow and gas composition sensors, GF03 provides flow measurement in flaring and other variable, mixed gas composition systems. Utilizing single-insertion point design, sensor assembly continuously measures mixed gas and applies flow correction technique to report flow rate and total flow. Housed in all-welded 316L stainless steel enclosure, unit offers +5% accuracy with repeatability of +0.5% of reading.
Original Press Release:
Breakthrough GF03 Flowmeter From FCI Sets New Price-Performance Standard In Flare & Variable, Mixed Gas Systems
Ideal For Refineries, PetroChemical Plants, Wastewater/Sewage Treatment, Landfills, Biogas, Offshore Platforms, Wellheads, Tank Farms, Fossil-Fuel Power Plants, Ship-to-Shore Offloading San Marcos, CA-August 07, 2003-With an industry-first sensing element combining precision thermal mass flow and gas composition sensors, the new state-of-the-art GF03 Flowmeter from Fluid Components International delivers a superior, lowest- total-cost solution to accurate flow measurement in flaring and other variable, mixed gas composition systems. The new GF03 Flowmeter achieves the accuracy, range and resolution required to meet the most stringent air pollution regulations at total installed costs of up to 50% less than alternative technologies. It is designed specifically for flare systems, and similar variable gas applications, for regulatory emissions monitoring and reporting, continuous and event flow volume measurement, process leak detection/isolation and reduction, tributary and vent gas monitoring, loss control, material balancing and pilot/purge gas monitoring. Flow measurement with the GF03 Flowmeter helps improve process efficiency and plant safety, as well as reporting the gas flow rate and the totalization of gas emissions to remain compliant with all current air quality regulations. Its advanced single-sensing element, single-insertion point design provides significant cost reduction advantages in purchase price, installation labor and maintenance. To match the capabilities of a single GF03 Flowmeter, alternative technologies such as time-of-flight Ultrasonic systems require inserting four sensors (two flow sensors plus a pressure transmitter and a temperature sensor) with precision alignment of the two flow sensors in the piping-all at a significantly higher cost. Other flow sensing technologies, such as orifice plates and Venturi tubes, do not meet today's emission reporting regulations, are difficult to install and prone to excessive maintenance. The GF03 Flowmeter's temperature-compensated thermal mass flow and gas composition sensor assembly continuously measures mixed gas and applies a special flow correction technique (FCI patent pending) to report flow rate and total flow. The flow sensor is housed in an all-welded 316L stainless steel enclosure--so there are no holes to leak, clog, or foul-requiring little maintenance. Its single-insertion probe simplifies installation with only one device placed in the flow stream and reduces tap points to the fewest possible, which minimizes pressure drop and the potential for leaking. Highly precise and dependable, the GF03 Flowmeter meets or exceeds regulatory agency specifications for +5% accuracy, with repeatability of +0.5% of reading over a wide flow range from 0.75 to 600 SFPS. Its performance and programmable outputs mean it is equally effective for reading and reporting both low flows, such as those occurring during a leak, as well as the high flow rates that occur with a major flaring event. The GF03's display and transmitter unit features a large LCD digital readout, rugged keyboard, fully user scaleable and programmable 4-20 mA outputs, a RS232C digital I/O communications port and two user programmable 10 A relays. The enclosure is NEMA Type 4X (IP66) rated for weather-proof outdoor installation and can be integrally mounted to the flow element, or can be panel or wall mounted up to 1000 feet (300 meters) away. Options include a NEMA 7 explosion-proof housing, in-situ cleaning nozzle and communication buses, such as Modbus, Profibus, HART and Ethernet. Designed for tough plant environments, the GF03's sensor element operates in temperatures from -40 to 350°F (-40 to 177°C), pressures to 1000 psig and meets FM Class 1, Div 1, Groups B, C and D requirements. Pipe connections available include male NPT, ANSI flange, low and medium pressure packing glands and hot tap. Fluid Components International is a global company committed to meeting the needs of its customers through innovative solutions to the most challenging requirements for sensing, measuring and controlling air, gas, liquid, flow, level and temperature. Product Information Contact: FCI: 1755 La Costa Meadows Dr, San Marcos, CA 92069 Web: www.fluidcomponents.com Tel: 800-863-8703 Tel: 760-744-6950 Fax: 760-736-6250