Adjustable Cone Meter Adapts Automatically to Wet-Gas Conditions
This paper describes development of an adjustable cone meter that can adapt to flow conditions automatically and provide a turndown of as much as a 54:1 under dry-gas conditions and as much as 20:1 under wet-gas conditions.
A traditional fixed-size Venturi meter has a turndown of approximately 8:1 under dry-gas conditions that may drop to as low as 3:1 under wet-gas flow. When the well conditions change, a replacement of the original Venturi meter with one of a different size is needed. In the complete paper, the authors present the design, development, and testing of an adjustable cone meter that has the ability to adapt itself to flow conditions automatically and provide a turndown of as much as a 54:1 under dry-gas conditions and as much as 20:1 under wet-gas conditions.
Adjustable Cone Meter Design
The adjustable cone meter is a variation on a traditional differential pressure cone meter. A moveable sleeve is placed within the meter, and its position is moved using a rack-and-pinion arrangement.