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FE-Sizer for Windows, Version 3.0 - Features & Description

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INTRODUCTION

FE-Sizer is a valuable engineering tool for flow meter sizing software to size and select head-type flow meters in closed conduits. It is flexible, easy-to-use, and complete with pull-down menus and pop-up pick lists. The software includes meter tables, material tables and pipe data tables aiding selection of meter applications. Extensive built-in warnings flag potential application and data entry errors.


RECENT FEATURE ADDITIONS

FE-Sizer has the following new features added:

Release 3.40.0

  • Added user defined business logos for all print copys of calculations, calibrations, data sheets, etc.
  • Added noise calculation for pressure restrictive and critical drop calculations for liquids, gases, and vapors.
  • Added Combo List Boxes to facillitate entry of flange rating, type and material and for stud material and nut material for orifice flanges found in the Options section of the orifice meter datasheet.

Release 3.38.0

  • Included password access utility for added security.

Release 3.36.0

  • Import/export feature now fully compatible with Version 2.0 files.

Release 3.32.0

  • A.G.A. Report No. 8 Gas Property Calculations

Release 3.30.0

  • Cavitiation detection for liquid flows.
  • Flashing detection for liquid flows.

Release 3.22.0

  • Added calc memo section to project data files.

FEATURES

FE-Sizer has been fully upgraded to be 100% compatible with 32-bit Windows platforms. Compatible platforms are Windows95, Windows98, WindowsMe, WindowsNT (3.5 and 4.0), Windows2000, and WindowsXP. It is also compatible with Windows 7 and 8 running as an x86 legacy application. Upgrades include the following added features:

  • Independantly selectible units per input data - units no longer tied to a project file. Instead, they are individually selected and saved with each calculation. Project files are now capable of storing calculations with mixed units.
  • More powerful toolbar - added tool icons for entering customer data, clearing input data, calculation sheet preview, fluid selection, and calculation.
  • Selectable truetype fonts and page margins for all printouts.
  • Added stability of software operating under 32-bit Windows platforms.
  • Properties table now includes over 300 fluid components!

These new features make the easiest orifice sizing software even easier to use.


FLEXIBLE

Calculates bore, flow rate or differential pressure for virtually any type of head-type primary flow device. Also allows the user to enter discharge coefficients for re-rating calibrated meter runs. Unit systems can be changed on-the-fly without changing existing data or recalculating the sizing parameter.


RECORD KEEPING

FE-Sizer prints either calculation sheets or orifice data sheets from an easy-to-use menu system. In addition, the user can select to print to a printer or electronic file. The program saves fluid, sizing and datasheet information to disk in a retrievable electronic format making future calculation and datasheet updates a snap. Data records are easily recalled from a tag list box that displays all tags. FE-Sizer simplifies the maintenance of all your orifice meter data for flow measurement.


SIZING METHODS

Calculates bore, flow or differential pressure using the following fluids:

  • Ideal and non-ideal gases - volumetric flow (base & actual flowing conditions).
  • Vapors - mass flow.
  • Viscous and non-viscous liquids - volumetric flow (base & actual flowing conditions) and mass flow.

Select gas and vapor sizing equations from either pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) or density form. Liquid flow sizing equations may be selected from either specific gravity or density form. FE-Sizer includes "critical-drop" flow and bore formulas for sizing restrictive flow devices for gas, vapor and liquid fluids.


STANDARDS

All sizing equations used in FE-Sizer are based on the following industry standards:

  • ASME MFC-3M (1989)-Measurement of Fluid Flow in Pipes Using Orifice, Nozzle and Venturi.
  • ASME MFC-3M (2004)-Measurement of Fluid Flow in Pipes Using Orifice, Nozzle and Venturi.
  • ANSI/API 2530-AGA Report 3 (both 1985 & 1992)-Orifice Metering of Natural Gas and Other Related Hydrocarbon Fluids - Part 3 Natural Gas Applications.
  • ISO-5167 (1991)-Measurement of Fluid Flow by Means of Orifice Plates, Nozzles and Venturi Tubes Inserted in Circular Cross-section Conduits Running Full.
  • ISO-5167-2 (2003)-Measurement of Fluid Flow by Means of Pressure Differential Devices Inserted in Circular Cross-section Conduits Running Full - Part 2: Orifice Plates.
  • ISO-5167-3 (2003)-Measurement of Fluid Flow by Means of Pressure Differential Devices Inserted in Circular Cross-section Conduits Running Full - Part 3: Nozzle and Venturi Nozzles.
  • ISO-5167-4 (2003)-Measurement of Fluid Flow by Means of Pressure Differential Devices Inserted in Circular Cross-section Conduits Running Full - Part 4: Venturi Tubes.
  • ASME PTC 6 (2004)-ASME Throat-tap Venturi Flow Nozzles.

METER STYLES

ORIFICE PLATES - Concentric, eccentric, segmental, small bore honed pipe, integral, and conic types. All tap styles.
 
FLOW NOZZLES - ASME long radius wall & throat tap nozzles, ISA 1932, and venturi-nozzles.
VENTURI - Machined inlet, rough cast inlet, and fabricated sheet metal with 7 or 15 degree outlet cones.
 
WEDGE METERS - ABB Wedge, ABB Integral Wedge, and R.W. Miller Generic Wedge.
LOW LOSS FLOW TUBES - Lo-Loss® (Wyatt-Badger) and Universal Venturi Tubes - UVTTM (BIF, Inc.).

SINGLE SCREEN FORMAT

Intuitive single screen format displays all pertinent data required for sizing and selecting flow orifices. This screen format organizes data into six segments and eliminates paging through multiple screens to check fluid and meter data.


CONFIGURATION

Configurable software that allows the user to customize the package to meet exact needs. Among the configurable items are:

  • Units systems.
  • User Information (e.g., company and client information).

All configuration data is saved in an initial definition file and retrieved every time FE-Sizer starts.


FACTORS

Includes special sizing factors important for flow meter corrections. Included factors are:

  • Drain/vent hole corrections.
  • Manometer corrections.
  • Water vapor corrections.
  • Two phase flow - saturated liquid and saturated vapor factors.

PROPERTY CORRELATIONS

Reliable fluid property correlations to provide accurate property estimates are available to the user when required. Property correlations include:

  • ASME Steam Tables (1967 IPC Formulation for Industrial Use) for steam and water properties.
  • AGA Report No. 8, 2nd Edition (2nd Printing July 1994) Compressibility Factors of Natural Gas and Other Related Hydrocarbon Gases.
  • Redlich-Kwong state equations  for gases and vapors.
  • Soave-Redlich-Kwong state equations for gases and vapors.
  • Benedict-Web-Rubin state equations for gases and vapors, and the
  • Hankinson-Brobst-Thomson (HBT) technique for estimating properties for compressed liquids.
  • Fluid components library with over 300 fluid components.
  • Mixture estimating methods allowing up to 20 component mixtures of gases, vapors, and liquids.

DOCUMENTATION

Each copy of FE-Sizer includes a complete printed user's manual with sections covering the following topics:

  • Software general description.
  • Installation procedures.
  • Data requirements.
  • User interface descriptions.
  • Sizing and calculation instructions.
  • Datasheet data entry procedures.
  • Data importing and exporting.
  • Fluid property correlations.
  • ASME Steam Tables
  • Descriptions for all warning messages, error messages, system messages and Dos error messages.
  • List of all meter sizing equations (excludes property correlations).

Documentation provided with FE-Sizer meets all requirements for ISO-9001 quality procedures and results checking.

 

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