a flowmeter for a given fluid flow condition requires a great
deal of engineering expertise. The fluid flow calculations
be quite complex - consideration must be given to the type
of fluid, temperature, pressure, viscosity, whether the flow
is laminar or turbulent, and a variety of other factors. And
when steam is the fluid being considered, it's a whole new
of this project, completed for a major flowmeter manufacturer,
was to model the process that application engineers use to
select flowmeters for their customers, and to develop a software
application to mimic that process.
engineers now select a piping configuration for the flow meter,
the piping size, the fluid type, temperature and pressure,
and the min and max flow rates. The program does the rest.
features included an "AutoSize" wizard to automatically
find flowmeters compatible with the fluid and piping conditions,
and a built-in unit converter. This application significantly
reduced engineering cycle time.