Metering pipelines are used around the world today. They are the safest method available for transferring the gas through the system and into homes and businesses today. These pressurized pipelines can easily be operated by trained individuals. However, these pipelines have to be designed according to set specifications to prevent any issues from occurring. When designing these pipelines, there are five unique design considerations that come into play.
1. Flow Rate
The overall flow rate is based largely upon the size of the pipeline and the energy source being used to transfer the liquid through the system. Different energy sources will need a different flow rate to function properly.
2. Working Pressure
Working pressure is defined as a primary function of pressurized vapor for the products at their peak operating temperature in addition to the total drop in pressure between the storage facility and pump stations. After the working pressure is determined, the piping ANSI rating and transfer pump rate can easily be determined.
3. Operating Temperature
Ambient temperature and product temperature have to be taken into consideration to prevent accidentally measuring vapors instead of the actual liquids. Measuring the wrong amounts will end up messing up the flow rate and causing too much or not enough liquid to be pushed through the pipeline.
4. Metering Location
Figuring out the location of the meter is largely dependent on where the pipeline is going to be installed. It also depends on whether utilities are readily available, such as air, power, road access and communication links. Once the location has been determined, the line sizes have to be figured out. They also have to determine how much space is going to be needed for metering and equipment. It also has to be determined whether the product lines are going to be exposed, buried or insulated when installing them.
5. Odorant Requirement
Depending on the type of applications and market contracts needed, you might be required to install an automatic injection system. By installing this at the same time you install the pipeline, you can save yourself a lot of hassles and headaches down the line.
When you consider the five design components above, you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle along the way. A metered pipeline is an intricate system that has to be installed and measured properly to prevent additional issues with construction and repair down the road. Find out more by speaking with a pipeline specialist or company like Industrial Measurement & Control today.