Measurement of Flow Characteristics of Meters and Control Valve

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Last Name1Name:Professor:Course:Date:MMDDYYYYMeasurement of Flow Characteristics of Meters and Control ValveIntroduction:Fluid flow is measured and controlled by obstructing the flow with suitabledevices or modification of the internal diameter profile. Five types of devices are studied inthis experiment. Orifice plate, with central hole in a blind flange; Nozzle, like orifice platebut the hole extended by a short pipe segment; Venturi tube, with converging and divergingbells; Pitot tube, involving thin L-shaped tube with adjustable radial position, and Iris valve,like adjustable diameter orifice plate; are studied using controlled delivery air blower. The airflow creates a pressure drop across the device. The flow rate and corresponding pressure dropare measured and plotted for the various devices.Aim:To study pressure drop characteristics of various air flow measuring and controllingdevices and verify theoretical equations.Experimental Procedure:Equipment:a)Two long and one short piece of PVC pipe sections of 84.6mm NB with flanges, apipe section with extensions and nut with bolts for connections.b)An inlet element and an electric blower with potentiometer having settingsbetween 0 to 90. Air velocity in the pipe was made to vary linearly withpotentiometer setting.c)16 manometer panel. Small diameter columns: I and J, were to be used for Pitottube.d)Anemometer to be placed at the centre of inlet element.e)Flexible hoses for connecting to manometers.f)Orifice plate and nozzle.g)Venturi meter.h)Pitot tube device with adjustable radial position.i)Iris valve with adjustable opening diameter
Last Name2Details of individual experiment:A)Nozzle and Orifice Plate:1)The screws in the measuring flange were removed and 50mm ID orifice plate ornozzle (in the direction of flow) were placed, aligned with the groove and re-fixedtogether.2)The two long pipes were separated by removing bolts and repositioned toaccommodate the measuring flange for orifice meter or nozzle. The parts were re-bolted. Benches for intake pipe and fan were aligned using guiding pins and fixedtogether using tow clamps. The bench rollers were then locked to preventunintended rolling of the benches.3)The measuring points 15 and 16, were connected to the manometer panel byrubber tubes, ensuring that the tubing remains unkinked.4)The fan was started with potentiometer reading zero and manometer levels werechecked.5)The manometer and Anemometer readings were taken for potentiometer positionsfrom 2 to 8 in steps of 1.6)The manometer readings were converted to N/m2and plotted with respect tovelocity measured using Anemometer.B)Venturi tube:1)The two long pipe sections were separated by removing clamps and adjusted toaccommodate the Venturi tube.2)Hoses were connected to the measuring points 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26, and inletson the manometer panel, ensuring no kinks in the hoses. The pipe diameters at themeasuring points were 21 (84.6 mm), 22 (71.8 mm), 23 (59 mm), 24 (66.8 mm),25 (78.7 mm), and 26 (84.6 mm).3)The fan was switched on, with the potentiometer set to zero. The levels of water inthe manometers were noted before starting the experiment.4)For 5 different potentiometer settings (from 4 - 8), the differential manometerreadings (Δh, mm of water) were recorded and tabulated. The air flow velocitieswere measured for each reading using the Anemometer provided.C)Pitot Tube Experiment:1)The Pitot tube was fixed between the intake pipe and pipe on the fan bench asexplained in A) above.2)The hoses were used to connect measuring points 19 and 20, with the manometerinlets I and J. As usual the hoses were connected without creating kinks.3)The fan was switched on, with the potentiometer set to zero. Before starting theexperiment, the levels of manometers, I and J were checked.4)For 6 different potentiometer settings (2 – 7 in steps of 1) and for each setting thevertical distance (y) -40 to 40 mm in the steps of 20mm, the differentialmanometer readings, Δh (mm of water), were recorded and tabulated.D) Iris Control Valve Study:1) The Iris valve was fixed like the measuring flange for orifice plate as described inA) above.2) Using the hoses, measuring points 17 and 18 were connected to the inlets on themanometer panel, ensuring no kinks in the hoses.
Last Name33) The fan was switched on, with the potentiometer set to zero. The level of water inthe manometers was checked before starting the experiment.4) The blower potentiometer settings from 2 to 6 in steps of 1 were used. For eachsetting, readings were taken for 6 valve positions from 1 to 6. The readings wererecorded and tabulated.
Last Name4Results:A)Nozzle and Orifice Flows:Nozzle CharacteristicsPotentiometer∆h(mm)∆P (N/m2)sqrt(∆P) (N0.5/m)Velocity (m/s)2439.26.31.43878.58.92.1415147.212.12.8523225.615.03.5633323.718.04.2746451.321.25.0863618.024.96.0∆h = Manometer Reading, ∆P = Manometer reading converted to Pa or N/m2, Velocity is asmeasured by Anemometer.Orifice Plate Characteristics:Potentiometer Setting∆h(mm)∆P (N/m2)sqrt(∆P)(N0.5/m)Velocity(m/s)2439.26.31.23988.39.41.9416157.012.52.5523225.615.03.1635343.418.53.8748470.921.74.4864627.825.15.1Sample Calculations:Conversion of (∆h) in mm WC to (∆P) in N/m2:30 mm WC = (30 m/1000) * (1000 kg/m3) * (9.8 m/s2) = 294 N/m2(or Pa).
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