A novel mathematical model for transit-time ultrasonic flow measurement

Lei Kang, Andrew Feeney, Will Somerset, Riliang Su, David Lines, Sivaram Nishal Ramadas, Steven Dixon

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Abstract

The calculation of the averaged flow velocity along an ultrasonic path is the core step in ultrasonic transit-time flow
measurement. The conventional model for calculating the pathaveraged velocity does not consider the influence of the flow velocity on the propagation direction of the ultrasonic wave and can introduce error when the sound speed is not much greater than the flow velocity. To solve this problem, a new mathematical model covering the influence of the flow velocity is proposed. It has been found that the same mathematical expressions of the pathaveraged flow velocity, as a function of the absolute time-of-flight (ToFs) of ultrasonic waves travelling upstream and downstream, can be derived based on either of the models. However, the expressions as a function of the time difference (the relative ToF) between the ultrasonic waves travelling upstream and downstream derived by the two models are completely different. Flow tests are conducted in a calibrated flow rig utilising air as flowing medium. Experimental results demonstrate that the path-averaged flow velocities, calculated using either the relative or the absolute ToFs based on the new model, are much more consistent and stable, whereas those calculated based on the conventional model have shown evident and increasing discrepancy when the flow velocity exceeds 15 m/s. When the flow velocity is around 39.45 m/s, the discrepancy is as high as 0.38 m/s. As the relative ToF can be more accurately, reliably and conveniently measured in real applications, the proposed mathematical model has a great potential for the increase of the accuracy of the ultrasonic transittime flowmeters, especially for the applications such as the measurement of fluids with high flow velocities.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2019
Event2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Oct 20199 Oct 2019

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Conference2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium
Abbreviated titleIUS 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period6/10/199/10/19

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Ultrasonic measurement
Flow measurement
Flow velocity
Mathematical models
Ultrasonic waves
Ultrasonics
Ultrasonic flowmeters
Acoustic waves
Fluids

Keywords

  • ultrasonic flowmeters
  • time-of-flight
  • mathematical model
  • ultrasonic transducer

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Kang, L., Feeney, A., Somerset, W., Su, R., Lines, D., Ramadas, S. N., & Dixon, S. (2019). A novel mathematical model for transit-time ultrasonic flow measurement. Paper presented at 2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Kang, Lei ; Feeney, Andrew ; Somerset, Will ; Su, Riliang ; Lines, David ; Ramadas, Sivaram Nishal ; Dixon, Steven . / A novel mathematical model for transit-time ultrasonic flow measurement. Paper presented at 2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, Glasgow, United Kingdom.4 p.
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A novel mathematical model for transit-time ultrasonic flow measurement. / Kang, Lei; Feeney, Andrew; Somerset, Will; Su, Riliang; Lines, David; Ramadas, Sivaram Nishal; Dixon, Steven .

2019. Paper presented at 2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

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Kang L, Feeney A, Somerset W, Su R, Lines D, Ramadas SN et al. A novel mathematical model for transit-time ultrasonic flow measurement. 2019. Paper presented at 2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, Glasgow, United Kingdom.