State-of-the-art signal processing and innovative modularity offers customers incomparable performance, accuracy, flexibility and the most maintenance-free solution amongst all flow technologies.​

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ULTRAFLOW 150

ULTRASONIC GAS FLOW AND TEMPERATURE MONITOR

 

 Maintenance

​Under normal circumstances, Teledyne Monitor Labs recommends that the maintenance check be performed at least quarterly, but generally not more often than every two months (See Manual Appendix B Checklist).  The exception to this recommended schedule would be if the initial inspections performed after installation revealed that the ambient conditions of the monitor were so adverse that they require the purge air filters to be changed more frequently.  Extremely dusty conditions in the area of the purge blower will cause the inlet filter to clog, thus reducing the volume of the protective purge air.

 

Actual site experience must be used in order to develop an adequate replacement schedule for the purge air filters.  It should be noted that in performing the maintenance on the flow system that the monitor may remain on line and collecting data while performing the check.  The exception is when the Purge Nozzle Assemblies are removed for inspection.  Removal of the Purge Nozzle Assemblies will cause the data to be invalid.  The Purge Nozzle Assemblies need not be removed during each maintenance; however, Teledyne Monitor Labs recommends that the transducers be visually inspected approximately every six months.

 Features

As thousands of customers have come to know, the UltraFlow 150 offers outstanding benefits over other technologies, including:

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Non-intrusive probe design mitigates corrosion, erosion and agglomeration of the transducers…leading to years of uninterruptible operation and reliability.

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Flow measurement is intrinsically independent of flue gas composition, pressure, temperature, viscosity, etc…thereby eliminating continual corrections to flow equations.

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Long-path average measurement methodology…leading to far superior accuracies versus single point systems like pitot tubes and thermal flow systems.

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Ultra-low drift operation < 1.0%…eliminating the hassles of continual calibration.

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Full system calibration checks…ensures total system integrity.

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Measurement technique intrinsically rejects cyclonic flow…no high bias as with pitot tubes.

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Advanced signal processing and affordable x-pattern configuration rejects pitch effects…eliminating errors of other ultrasonic technologies.

  

Additional features and design benefits include:

  • New lower mounting angles (>=15º) can improve ability of the monitor to reject flow pitch effects *

  • 5ft. vertical offsets between transducers eliminates the need for a 2nd platform *

  • Can be installed on existing 45º angles with ease

  • Six-fold increase in resolution provides even greater accuracy (2-5% not unusual)

  • All programming capable through the Enhanced Remote Panel or Transducer Interface Enclosure

  • Operator capability to program curve coefficients through the panel or RS232 port

  • Polynomial or three-point look-up table for the correlation curve

  • Three point look-up table for the temperature R-factor for improved temperature calculation

  • Support for a stack-mounted barometric pressure transducer and RTD inputs

  • Local User Display available in the Transducer Interface Enclosure

  • Signal/Noise diagnostic check to predict transducer fouling or failure

  • Quick disconnects/connects on transducer assemblies for easy extraction and insertion

  • Single pair of wire to communicate between the stack and remote panel

  • State-of-the-art signal processing and innovative modularity offers customers incomparable performance, accuracy, flexibility and the most maintenance-free solution amongst all flow technologies.
  • ETL/CE Certified

 Specifications

Flow Measurement:

Range:

Resolution:

Long-Term Repeatability:

Relative Accuracy:

(VS. EPA Test Method 2)

Response Time:

0-200ft/sec (0-61m/sec)

0-0.1ft/sec (0.03m/sec)

+/-0.3ft/sec (+/-0.1m/sec)

Site dependent, see Commercial Performance

Warranty. Typically <5% above 10/ft/sec

As low as 5 sec (adjustable)

Initial Calibration:Factory calibration based on duct geometry plus flow data.  Available for site specific calibration against pitot tube traverses.
Drift:+/- 1% reading over full range of rated ambient temperature and line voltage.
Media Conditions:

Temperature:

 

Pressure:

Moisture:

Particulate:

-40° to 650F (-40° to +343°C) depending on stack size and flow speed. Consult factory.

-30 to 20 inches of H2O

Dry to saturated, including condensed water

</=3000 mg/m³

Duct Size:Diameter:From 3 - 45 Ft. (0.9 - 14M) Dia.

Temperature

Calculations:

Accuracy:

 

Display Resolution:

+/- 3°F (1.7°C) for most reasonably stable combustion applications

</= 0.1° (C or F)

Power:

TIE:

 

Enhanced Remote Panel:

 

Single Purge System:

 

Dual Purge System:

 

85-245VAC, 47-63Hz, Single Phase, 40 VA Maximum Fuses

Power Supply Board: 1.25 Amp Time Delay, 250V, TR5

85-245 VAC,47-63Hz, Single Phase, 30 VA Maximum Fuses

2 Amp Time Delay, 250V, 5x20mm

50Hz Single Phase: 115VAC, 14.6A; 230VAC, 7.3A

60 Hz Single Phase: 115VAC, 16.6A; 230VAC, 8.3A

Two circuits, each 115VAC/230VAC, 60/50Hz,

Single Phase, 414 VA Maximum

Environment:

Ambient Temp. Limits:

 

 

 

Relative Humidity:

TIE: -40° to +140°F (-40° to 66° C)

Enhanced Remote Panel: +32°F to 104°F (0 to +40°C)

Single Purge System: -40° to +140°F (-40° to +60°C)

Dual Purge System: -40° to +140°F (-40° to +60°C)

TIE: 5% to 100% humidity, condensing

Enhanced Remote Panel: 0 to 95% non-condensing

Single Purge System: 5% to 100% humidity, condensing

Dual Purge System: 5% to 100% humidity, condensing

Mounting:Process Connection:Mounting plates furnished for welding to 3½" Sch. 40 pipe (supplied by customer) with squeeze rings, seals and stainless steel hardware provided. For other pipe sizes, consult factory.
TIE:Output:RS-232C or LONWORKS® network protocol

Enhanced Remote

Panel:

Display Type:

Display Resolution:

Indicating LED's:

User Input Controls:

Diagnostics:

Security:

Alarms & Faults:

Graphics mode liquid crystal with LED backlight

240 x 128

Fault, Alarm, Power

20-key keypad, security keyswitch

Numerical and English descriptive diagnostic codes

Both security code and key switch

Cal out of tolerance, malfunction, purge fail

Multi I/O Board

Characteristics:

Analog Outputs:

 

 

Digital Inputs:

 

Relay Outputs:

 

Four outputs, 4-20mA current type:

Isolation: optical and capacitive barriers: channel to

channel, channel to circuit common and earth

Eight Inputs, Modes: Isolated (5 VDC-24 VDC user

supplied) and Non-isolated (dry contact)

Eight Outputs, N.O. or N.C. (Single Pole Single Throw, Normally Open or Normally Closed [jumper selectable])

Direct Interface

Configuration

Characteristics:

Analog Outputs:

 

 

 

 

Digital Inputs:

 

 

Relay Outputs:

 

Number:  2

Output Type: 4-20mA with live 4mA zero, or 0-20mA w/o live zero

Isolation Type: Optical & capactive barriers; channel to channel, channel to circuit common and earth

 

Number:  2

Modes:  Isolated (5 VDC-24 VDC user supplied) and

Non-isolated (dry contact)

Number & Type:  2 SPST, N.O. or N.C. (Single Pole Single Throw, Normally Open or Normally Closed [jumper selectable]).

  
  
  
  
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 Description

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The Ultraflow Model 150 is a non-contacting gas flow and temperature monitor.  The system measures the transit time of a tone burst through the gas stream to determine both flow and temperature. Transducer assemblies are usually mounted opposite each other at an angle on each side of the stack or duct with one transducer upstream from the other.  In locations where a second access platform is cost prohibitive, a shallower angle, resulting in upstream/downstream transducer offsets as small as 4 feet may be used. If the reduced transducer offset results in pitch-angle errors, a dual set of transducer assemblies (four) can be installed.  This "X" Pattern provides an average flow measurement directly up the stack and has the potential added benefit of multiple certifications of both transducer assembly sets. This ensures nearly 100% uptime.

 

The system accurately measures the time required for the tone bursts to traverse the gas stream in each direction.  The flow velocity is directly related to the difference in propagation time, t1 and t2 of the tone bursts with and against the gas flow.  Based on the cross-sectional area of the stack or duct, the flow velocity is converted to volumetric flow.  This flow measurement is independent of the temperature, density, viscosity and particulate or condensate concentration.

 

Innovative, non-contacting tech­nique greatly reduces maintenance

The Ultraflow 150 represents an advance in continuous flow measurement systems for small and large stacks and ducts.  Transducers are non-intrusively mounted in Teflon housing and are protected from flue gas and particulate with continuous purge air.  This non-contacting method mitigates maintenance and ensures long term operation unlike intrusive pitot, thermal systems, optical scintillation and reflective ultrasonic technology.

 

Velocity measurement independent of temperature, pressure and density of flue gas

The system measures the transit times, t1 and t2, of the tone bursts between the pair of transducers with a 50 nanosecond transit time resolution.  The equation for determining velocity is:

 

Fv = [L/(2cosØ)][(t2-t1)/t2t1]

Where L is the pathlength and Ø is the angle between the line-of-sight of the transducers and the nominal flow direction.  The flue gas composition has no influence on the calculation of velocity and therefore knowing only the geometry and transit times are sufficient to calculate the velocity.

 

Line average response is exceptionally accurate...long term drift ±1%

The Ultraflow 150 integrates the infinitesimal velocity vectors along the transducer path to calculate velocity as well as temperature.  A normal sampling cycle consists of many measurements in each direction over a time period that can be as short as 5 seconds.  Resolution is better than ±0.3ft/sec.  Long term drift is ±1% over the life of the instrument.  A barometric pressure transducer option is available to correct back to SCFM.

 

Temperature Measurements

The equations for determining temperature are:

 

Cs = (L/2)[(t2+t1)/t2t1]

T = r Cs2

 

Where Cs is the speed of sound and “r" is a correction factor that relates the speed of sound to a specific gas composition.

 

Dynamic calibration checks verify all system components

Ultraflow 150 meets all 40CFR75 requirements, NOX ozone season rules and new RATA standards.  Calibration checks are conducted once per day or on command to fully test the signal transmission, reception, processing display and output; i.e., a full system integrity test not available via competing technologies.  The flow characterization curve is also tested under this protocol.  No adjustments are ever made to the zero and span since the monitor is drift free.  Calibrations can be initiated manually, automatically, by a digital input or via the front panel command.

 

Digital signal processing provides greater accuracy, quicker response time and excellent resolution

Ultraflow 150 utilizes a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) to determine the time of flight based on a proprietary peak finding algorithm.  Our peak finding algorithm enables response times of down to 5 seconds; making the 150 ideal for hazardous waste combustors and process applications.

 

 

Easy to use Enhanced Remote Panel

The remote display features easy-to-use menu structures that make configuration of the flow monitor simple and easy without the need of a laptop.  I/O includes four analog outputs, eight digital inputs, eight contact outputs, RS232, 422, 485, and LONWORKS® network communication.  A large LCD display makes viewing easy throughout a control room.

 

Heavy duty components are easy to install

The Ultraflow 150 has simplified placement requirements, using customer-installed, 3½" I.D., schedule 40 pipe as mounting ports.  (For other pipe sizes, consult factory).  Teledyne Monitor Labs provides all system components.  Materials of construction for the Transducer Interface Enclosure and j-boxes are stainless steel.  Transducer assemblies are aluminum protected by acid resistant epoxy paint.

 

“X" Pattern configuration eliminates a second platform

 

In many cases, due to the 150's improved resolution, low angles of installation (typ. 5ft. vertical offsets from a single platform) are possible.  In some demanding applications, an “X"- pattern may be required.

 

The Ultraflow 150 has the capability of measuring flow through either a single or dual set of transducers.  A dual set of transducers is typically referred to as an “X" Pattern.  An “X" Pattern eliminates any adverse effects due to applications that exhibit a pitch flow; enables nearly 100% availability and may institute redundancy.

 

Transducer Interface Enclosure (TIE)

Electrical signals corresponding to acoustic transmit and receive signals are conveyed via cables between the transducers and the TIE.  The TIE houses preamp /driver boards that amplify receive signals and transmit pulses.  A signal processing board containing an FPGA controls timing, data collection, filtering, boxcar integration and other functions.  A microprocessor board evaluates the box car data and determines time of flight, flow velocity, volume, speed of sound, temperature and signal to noise ratio.  All these data values may be viewed via the Enhanced Remote Panel or the optional Local User Interface (LUI).

 

Purge Air System

The transducer assemblies are normally kept dry and clean by purge air.  Depending on the application, the optimal installation may consist of dual blowers (a separate purge blower for each side of the stack), a single blower configuration with flow splitter to reliably send equal amounts of purge air to each side of the stack, or no blowers at all where a reliable negative-draft process is present.  A no blower system has an in-line filter to clean up the ambient air.  When blowers are used, the normal purge system consists of blowers, hoses, air filters, mounting plates and a protective weather cover.  Teledyne Monitor Labs Engineering will recommend the optimum configuration for each application.

 

Transducer Assemblies

Each of the two transducers alternately acts as transmitter and receiver.  The purge nozzles are constructed of acid-resistant Teflon with stainless steel or Hastelloy hardware for easy cleaning and a long service life.  Each transducer assembly is made of lightweight aluminum stock and can be easily extracted from its mounting port by disengaging four draw latches.

 

Enhanced Remote Panel

Uses a large, back-lit, LCD graphics display with English-language menu-driven screens, providing ready access to all information needed for full use of the system. In addition, the user can graph up to the most recent 100 values of a selected parameter, such as:

• Volumetric Flow and Temperature

• Calibration Values

 

The keypad, a rugged 20-button ensemble inlaid under a tough, hard coated, scratch and chemical-resistant coating, can be used to:

• Display Volumetric Flow, Velocity and Temperature

• Identify the Cause of Alarm or Malfunction

• Configure the Analog Outputs

• Edit Parameters such as Path Length

• Set Alarm Values for High or Low Volumetric Flow or Temperature and Out of Cal measurements

• View Signal-to-Noise Diagnostics

• Load Linearization Curves for Correlation to EPA Method 2

• View Flow Data Pre and Post Linearization

 

Standard with the Enhanced Remote Panel is a security keylock for protection of important calibration parameters.  System elements communicate over a single twisted pair using LONWORKS® network communication protocol.  Bright LED indicator lights are used to indicate faults and alarms.  The four optically-isolated analog outputs, normally packaged within the Enhanced Remote Panel, can also be offered in a separate housing for convenient installation.

 

Ethernet Interface

The Ultraflow 150 Enhanced Remote Panel now features a 10/100 BaseT Ethernet interface as standard equipment.  This capability provides a multilevel password protected user interface to TCP/IP networks such as LAN's or the Internet.  Client side user interface access is via standard web browsers. Simultaneous Modbus TCP access to instrument parameters and emission data is also supported.