August 2019

Special Focus: Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery

Address measurement uncertainty in pipelines and storage

How would you measure the volume of a can of soup? The height should work, but what about diameter? Or, you can possibly just trust what the manufacturer has told you on the label.

Robson, B., TUV SUD

How would you measure the volume of a can of soup? The height should work, but what about diameter? Or, you can possibly just trust what the manufacturer has told you on the label. Now, think of a larger cylinder, such as an oil storage tank. How would you measure this storage vessel accurately? The contents are expensive and, typically, there are numerous tanks in a tank farm. Similar concerns arise when transporting your revenue from this kind of storage through connecting pipelines or a tanker vessel. FIG. 1. A storage tank farm. We must also consider the measurement uncertainties (inherent variations) for these essential petroleum component

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