Gas flow meters: understand them before it is too late
Gas flow meters are becoming an integral part of our industries and if you are using it with least expertise about these, you might be risking your investment. Any entrepreneur working in an environment where explosive gases such as hydrogen and biogas are in flow, they cannot ignore the importance of these gas flow meters. Here I will be sharing some useful extracts from interview that I read in a mechanics related magazine. Please do not forget to check the resource section for detailed information about concept.
What are these gas flow meters and where do we use them?
Well, gas flow meters are those instruments, which controls and measure the flow of gas/gases. We all must have seen a gas meter outside our houses, a grey colour’s diaphragm style box like a speed meter with an analogue or digital display. We all must have studied that these gases keep on changing their temperature with the change in the surrounding area’s temperature. These flow meters control the temperature and avoid disasters.
What kind of disasters we are talking here?
If the flow meter implanted in a nuclear reactor stop its functioning, imagine the disaster it can bring
We do understand the importance of gas flowing through pipes, so at any cost, we cannot allow any wastage of those. A gas flow meter, which is not providing accurate reading, is simply contributing towards over budgeted expenses.
Do we have any history of such accidents?
Yes of course, there are examples of such accidents in the black book of history, such as
An explosion that occurred in a Pesticide Factory of Japan on September, 2nd 1980, occurred because of the flow meter’s failure
In the same county Japan, on 16th May 1991, there was an explosion of hydrogen gas, occurred because of flow meter’s malfunctioning
So what can be done to avoid this?
Be sure what you want to buy (gas flow meter) and make sure that you tell the same to the supplier.
Make sure that the gas flow meter you opting to buy, is capable enough of measuring all flow rates, temperatures and consumptions.
Check carefully, the parts, which will be in direct contact of measurement, are steel made.
One must buy a gas flow meter after checking its calibre to measure gas like carbon, nitrogen and gases like hydrogen that are likely to explode.
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Can you name a good website to explore these gas flow meters and its available models?
As far as I know, so far the best is http://www.csinstrument.com/
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