Fluid Components International (FCI) has released a new video offering a tour of its Flow Calibration Laboratory.
The video provides an overview of the calibration process, explaining the importance of flow meter calibration with actual gases to achieve superior accuracy rather than using inferred air equivalency methods.
FCI laboratory features more than 18 National Institute of Standards (NIST) traceable precision flow stands. All laboratory equipment is also ISO 9001:2000 and AS9000 compliant and also meets MIL-STD-45662A and ANSI/NCSL-Z-540 requirements.
According to FCI, testing flow meters at its facility ensures they meet published and custom-designed instrument specifications, which is fundamental to performance at the highest levels of accuracy and repeatability.
The laboratory provides gas flow calibration capabilities ranging as low as 0.001 SCFM (0.00017 NCMH) to ranges that exceed 5000 SCFM (8500 NCMH) and higher for line sizes in excess of 10 inches (250 mm).
It can also perform flow calibrations for applications with temperature ranges from -73 to +538°C and pressure ranges from 0 to 1000 psig.
FCI’s new compressed-air test stand is designed for high-pressure and high-flow rate air applications reaching up to 1000 SFPS (300 MPS). According to FCI, this enables flow technicians to calibrate meters at exact pressures/flow rates without needing to rely on extrapolations, resulting in improved performance.
The laboratory also has a Liquid Fuel Flow Stand Fuel Flow Stand to calibrate meters in liquid hydrocarbons, jet fuels and water/ethylene glycol blends. The stand uses two NIST-Traceable Coriolis flow meters and can calibrate in most mixed liquid compositions.
The video can be viewed here.