thermal mass flow Articles

  • Achievement Unlocked: Brian Estep Appointed Vice Chair of ASME’s Thermal Committee

    In the modern world, an Engineer must have clear focus, an ability to think critically under pressure, and a willingness to work long hours. When skills are developed over time and knowledge is refined, meaningful innovation can and does come to fruition. However, what allows one to rise above the daily grind to make a positive impact on the Engineering community at large, and bring lasting ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Capillary Tube Thermal Mass Flow Meters & Controllers - A User`S Guide - White Paper

    Abstract Capillary tube thermal mass flow meters directly measure the mass flow rate of clean gases and gas mixtures in lower flow ranges. A capillary tube thermal mass flow controller adds an integrally mounted flow control valve to the flow body of the mass flow meter and bom monitors the mass flow rate and controls it to be equal to a set-point value selected by the user. This paper ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Biomedical research looks to thermal mass flow controllers

    Precision control in biomedical research is critical for the success of any experiment. This is especially true for gas mixing and blending applications. These gas mixing applications often involve the creation of artificial atmospheres or other gas mixtures. To get statistically sound results, scientists must achieve precision flow control in creating these mixtures for sensitive experiments. In ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Achievement Unlocked: Brian Estep Appointed Vice Chair of ASME’s Thermal Committee

    To solve problems and build solutions in the modern world, an engineer must have clear focus, an ability to think critically under pressure, and a willingness to work long hours. When skills are developed over time and knowledge is refined, meaningful innovation can and does come to fruition. However, what allows one to rise above day-to-day work to make a positive impact on the engineering ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Desired Characteristics of a Thermal Mass Flow Sensor - Part 1 of 2

    This is part 1 of a 2 part blog on Thermal Mass Flow Sensor. We will describe the desired characteristics of a thermal mass sensor in Part 1 and Part 2 will discuss the operation of the 300 Series flow sensor (Patent #6,125,695) from Teledyne Hastings. A thermal mass flow meter consists of the following: Electronic Circuit Card Flow Sensor Bypass Shunt Base A cutaway is shown in the ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 loose ...


    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 in ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • 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 signals during ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Tech Note: Flare Gas Measurement Innovation; Retain Flow Metering Accuracy Even if Gas Composition Changes

    It’s a fact oil wells almost always produce natural gas along with the petroleum. Nine times out of ten, the excess gas (typically hydrocarbons) is flared off or simply vented as-is during upset conditions in the process. The environmental impacts of “flaring” this excess gas into our atmosphere has resulted in government regulations like 40 CFR Part 60 Subpart OOOO (also known ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Desired characteristics of a thermal mass flow sensor - Part 2 of 2

    This is part two of a two-part blog on Thermal Mass Flow sensors. In part one, we described the desired characteristics of a thermal mass flow sensor. In part two, we will discuss the operation of the 300 series flow sensor (Patent #6,125,695) and how its design addresses the desired traits. In our previous blog, we showed a cutaway of a thermal mass flow meter. Now let’s take an ...

  • In-Situ Calibration - Methods & Pitfalls of Thermal Mass Flow Meter Sensor Field Validation

    Introduction Mid-to-large size facilities and campuses inevitably have hundreds of ¬ ow instruments to monitor, maintain, and repair. For a reliability engineer, ensuring that all instrumentation meets ISO 9000 or similar standards is a time-consuming responsibility. These standards mandate that precision instrumentation needs to be checked (validated) or recalibrated as often as once a year. ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Flare Gas Measurement Innovation: Retain Flow Metering Accuracy Even if Gas Composition Changes

    It’s a fact oil wells almost always produce natural gas along with the petroleum. Nine times out of ten, the excess gas (typically hydrocarbons) is flared off or simply vented as-is during upset conditions in the process. The environmental impacts of “flaring” this excess gas into our atmosphere has resulted in government regulations like 40 CFR Part 60 Subpart OOOO (also known ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • How Does a Thermal Flowmeter Work?

    A thermal flowmeter works by measuring the total mass flow rate of a fluid flowing through a pipe or duct. In a thermal flowmeter’s simplest working configuration, fluid flows past a heated thermal sensor and a temperature sensor. As the molecules of the fluid flow past the heated thermal sensor, heat is lost to the flowing fluid. The thermal sensor cools down while the temperature sensor ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Core technology part 1: thermal--capillary & immersible

    For gas mass flow measurement and control, Sierra offers the broadest selection of thermal mass flow measurement products on the market. This is because our thermal mass flow products incorporate two types of advanced thermal technologies, each complementary to the other and each with unique advantages. These two thermal sensing technologies directly measure gas mass flow based on principals of ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Flow Calibration Best Practices

    We held a webinar on thermal mass flow meter / controller calibration best practices. Topics included: Equipment Techniques and Tips Record Keeping / Documentation If you are interested in calibrating in-house or using a third party then be sure to watch this webinar presented by Teledyne Hastings Instruments and guest speaker Jaime Shanahan of Chell Instruments, Ltd. Teledyne ...

  • New Developments in Thermal Dispersion Mass Flow Meters: In-The-Field Compensation for Changes in Natural Gas Composition

    Introduction The flow of natural gas in pipelines is often complicated by changes in the composition of the gas. The method described in this paper solves the problem of variable composition via a new four-temperature mass flow sensor. The new (low sensor feeds its measurements into the algorithms of an advanced mathematical model that includes gas properties in its calculations. The method ...


    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, gas ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Facts you might not know about Teledyne Hastings Instruments

    Last month, we passed our ISO 9001 surveillance audit. It has been over twenty years since we first obtained ISO and we wanted to take a step back and review some significant accomplishments. Teledyne Hastings Instruments rich history and customer centric vision continues to support, influence and grow with those who depend on quality process control and automation. That's why we wanted to ...

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