Applications guide to mass flow measurement in the power industry


Courtesy of Sierra Instruments, Inc.

Precise, timely measurement of air, fuel, and gases is one way today's utilities can take action to protect themselves against rising costs and comply with increasingly stringent environmental requirements. Sierra thermal mass flow meters and control systems are designed expressly to fill these needs. They can make utilities more cost-effective in a variety of applications:

Real-Time Fuel Line Balancing

Utilities operating coal-fired boilers routinely perform air flow tests to balance flow rates between the pulverizer and the burners. These 'clean air' tests, normally made with a pitot tube, tend to be time consuming. First, they require that at least two technicians perform the test and calculate the data. Second, if any adjustments are made which affect the balance of air between fuel lines, the entire test must be performed again.

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