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Instrumentation : Introduction to Flow Measurement

Industrial Maintenance & Technology


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Course Description

This introductory course on basic flow process measurement will provide students with a review of flow measurement and control for processes including symbols, terminologies, and technologies needed to work in the field.  Understanding a flow loop and P&ID and basic wiring techniques will be covered along with how instruments communicate.  Students will be exposed to hands-on training utilizing differential pressure transmitters for Venturi tube, Pitot tube, orifice plate, and rotameter, Coriolis flow transmitters, electromagnetic flow transmitters, vortex flow transmitters, ultrasonic flow transmitters and control valves.  All transmitters are Endress Hauser and support the HART communication protocol.  The class will be a combination of classroom and hands-on training utilizing the ATN Instrumentation Mobile Training Unit with a working process with on-line instrumentation and controls.

This course requires a prerequisite:  Introduction to Instrumentation.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe flow and the different methods of operation of flow measurement.
  2. Understand the difference between mass and volumetric flow measurement.
  3. Be familiar with laminar flow and turbulent flow
  4. Understand the guidelines for proper installation of flow transmitters.
  5. Be familiar with Hart 475 Communicator to configure an Endress Hauser Transmitters
  6. Install, setup and check flow loops per a P&ID.
  7. Be familiar with the basic principles of operation of typical flow transmitters – setup, impulse lines and bleeding, configuration and measuring.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Flow
    • Basics of flow
    • Flow measurement
  2. Introduction to Differential Pressure Flow Measurement devices
    • Venturi
    • Pitot Tube
    • Rotameter
    • Orifice Plate
  3. Flow Transmitters
    • Differential Pressure
    • Coriolis Flow
    • Ultrasonic Flow
    • Electromagnetic Flow
    • Vortex