Fluid Flow Measurement

3rd Edition

A Practical Guide to Accurate Flow Measurement

Print ISBN: 9780128100875
eBook ISBN: 9780124095328
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 17th April 2014
Page Count: 296
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There is a tendency to make flow measurement a highly theoretical and technical subject but what most influences quality measurement is the practical application of meters, metering principles, and metering equipment and the use of quality equipment that can continue to function through the years with proper maintenance have the most influence in obtaining quality measurement. This guide provides a review of basic laws and principles, an overview of physical characteristics and behavior of gases and liquids, and a look at the dynamics of flow. The authors examine applications of specific meters, readout and related devices, and proving systems. Practical guidelines for the meter in use, condition of the fluid, details of the entire metering system, installation and operation, and the timing and quality of maintenance are also included.

This book is dedicated to condensing and sharing the authors' extensive experience in solving flow measurement problems with design engineers, operating personnel (from top supervisors to the newest testers), academically-based engineers, engineers of the manufacturers of flow meter equipment, worldwide practitioners, theorists, and people just getting into the business.

Key Features

  • The authors' many years of experience are brought to bear in a thorough review of fluid flow measurement methods and applications
  • Avoids theory and focuses on presentation of practical data for the novice and veteran engineer
  • Useful for a wide range of engineers and technicians (as well as students) in a wide range of industries and applications


Professionals involved with pipelines, field production, storage, terminals, refineries, and chemical/process plants and facilities involved with hydrocarbon gases and liquids

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Memorial
  • 1. Introduction

    • Chapter Overview
    • Requisites of Flow Measurement
    • Background of Flow Measurement
    • History of Flow Measurement
    • Definition of Terms
  • 2. Basic Flow Measurement Laws

    • Reynolds Number
    • Gas Laws
    • Expansion of Liquids
    • Fundamental Flow Equation
    • References
  • 3. Types of Fluid Flow Measurement

    • Custody Transfer
    • Non-Custody Transfer Measurement
    • Summary of Flow Measurement
    • References
  • 4. Basic Reference Standards

    • American Gas Association (AGA)
    • American Petroleum Institute (API)
    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
    • Gas Processors Association (GPA)
    • Instrument Society of America (ISA)
    • Addresses for other Sources of Measurement Standards
    • Key Industry Web Links
  • 5. From Theory to Practice

    • Ideal Installations
    • Non-Ideal Installations
    • Fluid Characteristics Data
    • References
  • 6. Fluids

    • Fluids—Liquids and Gases
    • Fluid Characteristics
    • Liquids
    • References
  • 7. Flow

    • Required Characteristics
    • Measurement Units
    • Installation Requirements
    • Flow Pattern
    • References
  • 8. Operations

    • Operational Considerations
    • Operational Influences on Gas Measurement
    • Uncertainty
    • Other Fluid Flow Considerations
  • 9. Maintenance of Meter Equipment

    • Gas Measurement Maintenance
    • Effects of Liquids and Solids on Orifice Measurement
    • Effects on other Meters
    • General Maintenance of Liquid Meters
    • Specific Liquid Maintenance Problems
  • 10. Measureme


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Review of first edition:
"This book shows engineers how to turn theory into practice with realistic advice...valuable guidelines and often overlooked factors that apply in the practice of flow measurement but which are not found in many reviews and industrial standards." --Plant Engineering