Flow Q&A

I had a conversation with a Siemens rep today about the magmeters they want us to use on their equipment. He stated flat out that they don't care at all about flow runs or pipe and fittings before or after their flow meter. The two-inch model I saw had flanges about ten inches long on either side. What do you think?

Expert’s answer: Magmeter

If you look in a manual for a Siemens flow meter, you’ll see a list of installation requirements. So there are magmeter requirements. The SITRANS flow meter requires five times the diameter before the device and three times the diameter after.

Although some magmeters can work without inlet and outlet runs, you’ll lose accuracy. Unfortunately, sometimes the manuals omit this information. If you have a device for mass flow measurement, either set the density on the device or have a density meter sending that data for the mass calculation.

Typically, when you have a simple installation, the company won’t have an online device responsible for density measurement. That means your application might not turn out as accurate as you want. If your meter requires an inlet and outlet run that you don’t have, you have a new place for errors to occur.

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