mass flow Articles

  • 3 Scientific Tools to Help You Better Understand Your Water Quality

    There are many ways of testing and understanding your water quality with online scientific tools and models. One such resource is the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) project run by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The project, which was founded in 1991 to develop reliable information about water sources to support decisions on water quality management ...

  • The evolution of thermal mass flow meters

    Who were some of the pioneers in thermal mass flow technology? A. Thermo-Systems, Inc. (TSI) began in its founder’s basement in 1959, with a cooled-film anemometer designed for transient measurements in high temperature fluid flows. This led to TSI’s hot-film and hot-wire anemometers, the first commercial products of this type. These immersion-type devices were used mainly as ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Minute Flow Tip Video - Mass Flow Versus Volumetric Flow Technology

    When engineers and systems integrators need to measure gas flow rate in an industrial process or scientific research, there are many types of technologies to choose from.  This makes selecting the right gas flow meter a challenge. In addition to technology, engineers must consider many other parameters: price for value, cost of ownership, size of footprint, ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • [Minute Flow Tip Video] Mass Flow Versus Volumetric Flow Technology

    When engineers and systems integrators need to measure gas flow rate in an industrial process or scientific research, there are many types of technologies to choose from.  This makes selecting the right gas flow meter a challenge. In addition to technology, engineers must consider many other parameters: price for value, cost of ownership, size of footprint, ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • How to Supercharge the SmartTrak Mass Flow Controller with Compod

    Streamline, simplify and save time and money by plugging the innovative Compod upgrade into the face of any SmartTrak 100 mass flow meter or controller. SmartTrak is not only a true multi-gas digital mass flow controller, it can control your process too. ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Applications guide to mass flow measurement in the petroleum industry

    The measurement and control of gas flows in production, refinery, and R&D operations has a direct effect on efficiency, costs, safety, and environmental standards. Sierra mass flow meters and controllers pro- vide direct, fast-response measurement at all levels, to make any opera- tion more effective. Here is a brief summary of the advantages they offer the industry. Direct, Wide-Range ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Applications guide to mass flow measurement in the primary metals

    Mass flow meters can provide precision measurement and control of proccss gases in many phases of plant operation. They make processes more repeatable and provide greater control over quality and costs. Sierra mass flow meters were designed for these purposes. They can make any plant more cost-effective in several ways: Aluminum Purification: Automated Gas Flow Control The last ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Applications guide to mass flow measurement in the power industry

    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 ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • VIDEO: Mass Flow Meters for Power Plant Applications

    Generating electricity in a natural gas power plant is a complex process due to the multiple steps involved with the different types of fluids being used and optimized. Dr. John Olin, Founder of Sierra Instruments, explains how thermal mass flow meters, vortex flow meters, and ultrasonic flow meters can improve the flow energy management in power plant ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • The ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of Mass Flow Controllers

    Did you ever wish your mass flow controller could do it all? You’re not alone. End users ranging from machine builders to laboratory researchers are often faced with the challenge of needing flow measurement and control equipment for a wide variety of applications. Many customers call the SmartTrak 100 mass flow ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Applications guide to mass flow measurement in the chemical industry

    Today's chemical plants facc escalating costs and tightening EPA control requirements. Sierra thermal mass flow meters provide the precise, useful data plants need. They can make a significant difference in all the following applications: Greater Control of Gas Flow to Batch Reactors The flow rate of gas to a batch reaction process often varies. The reac- tion rate is high at the ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • New Developments in Thermal Dispersion Mass Flow Meters

    Introduction This paper describes a newly developed microprocessor-based thermal dispersion mass flow meter that uses four temperature sensing elements in its flow sensor instead of the traditional two elements and automatically manages changes in gas selection, gas temperature, gas pressure, and outside temperature. This new mass flow meter is ideally suited for apportionment applications ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Direct Mass Flow or Volumetric: The Thermal Flow Meter Technology Advantage!

    In today’s world where everyone is watching the bottom line, you need high performance, cost-effective instrumentation—and capillary thermal mass flow meters and controllers have been proven to meet this criteria in a wide range of process applications. Thermal mass flow technology is an industry standard for mass flow control of gases because it measures flow directly, at the ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Gas Mass Flow Control: Why Thermal Mass Flow Technology is Recommended for Best Accuracy!

    It’s no secret. Price, but perhaps more importantly, performance, drive every new product acquisition you make.  How important is measurement accuracy and control to your lab experiment or industrial process? It’s critical.  If your flow readings are off or the flow is not controlled with precise accuracy your research is compromised, product quality suffers, and processes ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Validation of a mass consistent flow model as part of a decision support system

    In the context of real time (online) decision support systems for nuclear installations, atmospheric dispersion and deposition has to be calculated for a mesoscale area. Typically, the wind field in this area is influenced by topography. Therefore, simple Gaussian type modelling is not appropriate. Initiated and funded by the Bundesamt fur Strahlenschutz, simple (diagnostic mass consistent) flow ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Applications guide to mass flow measurement in the pulp & paper industry

    Rising costs and tighter emission control requirements have created a need for information that is more useful and precise. Sierra thermal mass flow meters fill this need and support cost-effective mill management in die following applications: Increased Boiler Efficiency Mills need to measure the How of combustion air to the recovery or power boiler to provide accurate air flow ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • How to Reduce Methane Emissions with Thermal Mass Flow Meters

    The flare gas discussion is heating up again. According to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. oil production is at an all-time high, and so are the harmful methane emissions from leaks, flaring and venting. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has proposed to update ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Sensor design the key advantage in thermal mass flow meter performance

    Immersible thermal sensors arc finding growing acceptance in the gas flow measurement field. By using two Platinum Resistance Temperature Detectors (PRTDs) immersed in a stream of flowing gas, modern thermal flow meters can directly measure mass flow, without the need for temperature or pressure compensation. Thermal meters offer very high turndown, accu- racy and repeatability at an economical ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Advances in Thermal Dispersion Mass Flow Meters - Part 1 Principle of Operation

    Abstract This paper describes an advanced microprocessor-based thermal dispersion mass flow meter that uses four temperature sensing elements in its flow sensor instead of the traditional two elements and has a dry velocity sensor that uses no potting materials instead of the traditional potted velocity sensor. This unique new mass flow meter automatically manages changes in gas selection, ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Applications guide to mass flow measurement in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries

    Pharmaceutical and biorech companies can fine-tune costs, quality, and emissions if they are equipped with more effective measurement sys- tems. Sierra mass flow meters and controllers provide precise measure- ment and control designed for process industries. They can make any plant more cost-effective in the following ways: Controlling Gas Flow To Fermenters The flow of gases to ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

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