The Flow-rate Measurements in a Multi-phase Flow Pipeline by Using a Clamp-on Sealed Radioisotope Cross Correlation Flowmeter

투과 감마선 계측신호의 Cross correlation 기법 적용에 의한 다중상 유체의 유량측정

  • Kim, Jin-Seop (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Radioisotope Research Division) ;
  • Kim, Jong-Bum (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Radioisotope Research Division) ;
  • Kim, Jae-Ho (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Radioisotope Research Division) ;
  • Lee, Na-Young (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Radioisotope Research Division) ;
  • Jung, Sung-Hee (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Radioisotope Research Division)
  • 김진섭 (한국원자력연구원 동위원소이용기술개발부) ;
  • 김종범 (한국원자력연구원 동위원소이용기술개발부) ;
  • 김재호 (한국원자력연구원 동위원소이용기술개발부) ;
  • 이나영 (한국원자력연구원 동위원소이용기술개발부) ;
  • 정성희 (한국원자력연구원 동위원소이용기술개발부)
  • Published : 2008.03.31


The flow rate measurements in a multi-phase flow pipeline were evaluated quantitatively by means of a clamp-on sealed radioisotope based on a cross correlation signal processing technique. The flow rates were calculated by a determination of the transit time between two sealed gamma sources by using a cross correlation function following FFT filtering, then corrected with vapor fraction in the pipeline which was measured by the ${\gamma}$-ray attenuation method. The pipeline model was manufactured by acrylic resin(ID. 8 cm, L=3.5 m, t=10 mm), and the multi-phase flow patterns were realized by an injection of compressed $N_2$ gas. Two sealed gamma sources of $^{137}Cs$ (E=0.662 MeV, ${\Gamma}$ $factor=0.326\;R{\cdot}h^{-1}{\cdot}m^2{\cdot}Ci^{-1}$) of 20 mCi and 17 mCi, and radiation detectors of $2"{\times}2"$ NaI(Tl) scintillation counter (Eberline, SP-3) were used for this study. Under the given conditions(the distance between two sources: 4D(D; inner diameter), N/S ratio: $0.12{\sim}0.15$, sampling time ${\Delta}t$: 4msec), the measured flow rates showed the maximum. relative error of 1.7 % when compared to the real ones through the vapor content corrections($6.1\;%{\sim}9.2\;%$). From a subsequent experiment, it was proven that the closer the distance between the two sealed sources is, the more precise the measured flow rates are. Provided additional studies related to the selection of radioisotopes their activity, and an optimization of the experimental geometry are carried out, it is anticipated that a radioisotope application for flow rate measurements can be used as an important tool for monitoring multi-phase facilities belonging to petrochemical and refinery industries and contributes economically in the light of maintenance and control of them.


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