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3 ORIFICE METERING OF NATURAL GAS AND OTHER RELATED HYDROCARBON FLUIDS Part 3 Natural Gas Application

American Gas Association and American Petroleum Institute 1992, 2003

Mass Flow

The equations for the mass flow of natural gas, in pounds mass per hour The mass flow developed from the density of the flowing fluid is expressed as :

Mass flow developed from the ideal gas relative density (specific gravity) expressed as

The mass flow equation developed from real gas relative density (specific gravity)

The volume flow rate of natural gas, in cubic feet per hour at base conditions The volume flow rate at base conditions, Qb, developed from the density of the fluid at flowing conditions and base conditions

The volume flow rate at base conditions, developed from ideal gas relative density (specific gravity)

the volume flow rate at base conditions, developed from real gas relative density (specific gravity)

Standard Conditions

The volume flow rate at standard conditions, developed from the density of the fluid at flowing conditions and standard conditions

The volume flow rate at standard conditions, developed from ideal gas relative density (specific gravity)

the volume flow rate at standard conditions, developed from real gas relative density ,(specific gravity

If base conditions are different from standard conditions, the volume flow rate calculated at standard conditions can be converted to the volume flow rate at base conditions through the following relationship

Additional Computation

DIAMETER RATIO

The diameter ratio ()

the ratio of the orifice bore diameter (d)t o the internal diameter of the meter tube (0)

used in determining

(a) the orifice plate coefficient of discharge, (b) the velocity of approach factor (c) the expansion factor

The coefficient of discharge for a flange-tapped orifice meter has been determined from test data. It has been correlated as a function of diameter ratio (), tube diameter, and pipe Reynolds number The equation for the concentric, square-edged flange-tapped orifice meter coefficient of discharge developed by Reader-Harris and Gallagher

Reader-Harris/Gallagher equation

mathematical expression that relates the velocity of the flowing fluid in the orifice meter approach section (upstream meter tube) to the fluid velocity in the orifice plate bore

REYNOLDS NUMBER

The pipe Reynolds number (ReD) is used as a correlation parameter to represent the change in the orifice plate coefficient of discharge with reference to the meter tube diameter, the fluid flow rate, the fluid density, and the fluid viscosity

=0.0000069 pounds mass per-foot-second Standard Condition Tb = 519.67R, Pb = 14.73 psi, Zbair=0.999590

If the fluid being metered has a viscosity, temperature, or real gas relative density (specific gravity) quite different from those shown above, the assumptions are not applicable.

EXPANSION FACTOR

When a gas flows through an orifice, the change in fluid velocity and static pressure is accompanied by a change in the density, and a factor must be applied to the coefficient to adjust for this change. The factor is known as the expansion factor The expansion factor (Y) is a function of diameter ratio, the ratio of differential pressure to static pressure at the designated tap, and the isentropic exponent (k).

The real compressible fluid isentropic exponent, kr is a function of the fluid and the pressure and temperature. For an ideal gas, the isentropic exponent, ki, is equal to the ratio of the specific heats (cp/cv) of the gas at constant pressure (cp) and constant volume (cv) and is independent of pressure. A perfect gas is an ideal gas that has constant specific heats. The perfect gas isentropic exponent, kr is equal to ki evaluated at base conditions

It has been found that for many applications, the value of kr is nearly identical to the value of ki, which is nearly identical to kp. From a practical standpoint, the flow equation is not particularly sensitive to small variations in the isentropic exponent. The perfect gas isentropic exponent, kp, is often used in the flow equation. Accepted practice for natural gas applications is to use kp = k = 1.3.

The application of the expansion factor is valid as long as the following dimensionless criterion for pressure ratio is followed:

If the absolute static pressure is taken at the upstream differential pressure tap, the value of the expansion factor, Y:

If the absolute static pressure is taken at the downstream differential tap

The terms ideal gas and real gas are used to dene calculation or interpretation methods. An ideal gas is one that conforms to the thermodynamic laws of Boyle and Charles

All gases deviate from the ideal gas laws to some extent. This deviation is known as compressibility and is denoted by the symbol Z.

Volume Base

The value of Z at base conditions ( z b ) is required and is calculated from the procedures in A.G.A. Transmission Measurement Committee Report No. 8.

Supercompressibility

In orifice measurement, z b and 2, appear as a ratio to the 0.5 power. This relationship is termed the supercompressibility factor and may be calculated from the following equation

RELATIVE DENSITY

The relative density (specific gravity) is defined as a dimensionless number that expresses the ratio of the density of the flowing fluid to the density of a reference gas at the same reference conditions of temperature and pressure.

The ideal gas relative density (specific gravity), Gi, is defined as the ratio of the ideal density of the gas to the ideal density of dry air at the same reference conditions of pressure and temperature. Since the ideal densities are defined at the same reference conditions of pressure and temperature, the ratio reduces to a ratio of molar masses (molecular weights).

the ideal gas relative density (specific gravity) is set forth in the following equation:

Real gas relative density (specific gravity), Gr, is defined as the ratio of the real density of the gas to the real density of dry air at the same reference conditions of pressure and temperature To correctly apply the real gas relative density (specific gravity) to the flow calculation, the reference conditions for the determination of the real gas relative density (specific gravity) must be the same as the base conditions for the flow calculation.

At reference (base) conditions (Pb, Tb), real gas relative density (specific gravity) is expressed as

The flowing density is a key component of certain flow equations. defined as the mass per unit volume at flowing pressure and temperature and is measured at the selected static pressure tap location The value for flowing density can be calculated from equations of state or from the relative density (specific gravity) at the selected static pressure tap.

The fluid density at flowing conditions can also be measured using commercial densitometers.

Most densitometers, because of their physical installation requirements and design, cannot accurately measure the density at the selected pressure tap location. the fluid density difference between the density measured and that existing at the defined pressure tap location must be checked to determine whether changes in pressure or temperature have an impact on the flow measurement uncertainty

When the composition of a gas mixture is known, the gas densities t,p and pb may be calculated from the gas law equations The molecular weight of the gas may be determined from composition data, using mole fractions of the components and their respective molecular weights

The following equations are applicable when a gas analysis is available:

The relationship of real gas relative density (specific gravity) to ideal gas relative density

INSTRUMENT CALIBRATION

Calibration standards for differential pressure and static pressure instruments are often used in the field without local gravitational force adjustment or correction of the values indicated by the calibrating standards. The manometer readings are affected by local gravitational effects, water temperatures, and the use of other than distilled water.

Pressure devices that employ weights are also used to calibrate differential pressure instruments without correction for the local gravitational force. Deadweight testers are used to calibrate static pressure measuring equipment without correction for the local gravitational force.

It is usually more convenient and accurate to incorporate these adjustments in the flow computation than for the person calibrating the instrument to apply these small corrections during the calibration process. Therefore, additional factors are added to the flow equation for the purpose of including the appropriate calibration standard corrections in the flow computation either by the flow calculation procedure in the office or by the meter technician in the field

Six factors are provided that may be used individually or in combination, depending on the calibration device and the calibration procedure used:

The factor Fam corrects for the gas leg over water when a water manometer is used to calibrate a differential pressure instrument:

When atmospheric air is used as the medium to pressure both the differential pressure instrument and the water U-tube manometer during calibration, the density of air at atmospheric pressure and 60F must be calculated using the following equation:

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