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Calibration of Ultrasonic Meters Using Custody Transfer Systems as the Reference

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Ana Luisa A. S. Ferreira

Petrobras Transporte S.A. - Transpetro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Paper No. IPC2012-90621, pp. 795-801; 7 pages
  • 2012 9th International Pipeline Conference
  • Volume 1: Upstream Pipelines; Project Management; Design and Construction; Environment; Facilities Integrity Management; Operations and Maintenance; Pipeline Automation and Measurement
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 24–28, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: International Petroleum Technology Institute, Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4512-7
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This paper presents a method of calculating the meter factor (MF) to correct systematic errors and improve the pipeline operation accuracy. It includes the evaluation of the MF uncertainty and also the uncertainty of the ultrasonic-meter results corrected by a MF and the pressure and temperature correction factor. The procedure presented is based on the historical reports from the SCADA system. The results shown include a calibration of an ultrasonic meter using a dynamic measurement system as reference. The use of one register each minute was sufficient for the MF calculation for the ultrasonic meter flowrate output. It is recommended to use at least 12 typical batches.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Calibration



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