CHME - UOL - Fluid Mechanics

Fluid Mechanics

Equipment Specifications

  • Centrifugal pump equipped with a variable frequency drive (VFD) to manipulate pump speed.
  • 2 Rosemount® orifice plate flow meters to measure flow.
  • Fisher® control valve for flow throttling.
  • 21 m pipe manifold with 2, 1.5, 1, and 0.75 inch piping. 
  • Equipment is operated using the DeltaV™ DCS.

Possible Experimental Objectives

  • Calibration of an orifice plate flow meter.
  • Centrifugal pump characterization at various flow rates and pump speeds.
  • Valve characteristic curve development for gate, globe, and butterfly valves.
  • Energy loss due to pipe fittings and friction.
  • Flow splitting prediction and analysis.
  • Comparison of flow control using throttling and pump speed manipulation to minimize energy use. 
  • Valve position control (VPC) for multiple end users of a pipeline distribution system to conserve energy.   
Fluid Flow Mechanics Machine