Measuring Condensate with Vortex Meters
Traditionally in steam heating systems, metering is performed on the steam side. However, because steam can be difficult to measure with extreme temperatures, many customers measure steam loads from the condensate side also. Measuring steam from the condensate side can also be less costly than measuring from the steam side because it’s a volumetric measurement. For these applications we recommend Armstrong Vortex meters. They are typically installed on the pumped side of the condensate system right after the pumps on a vertical rise, ensuring the pipe is always full. Because one pound of condensate is equal to one pound of steam, this is a very easy and cost-effective way to measure the steam usage with the ability to control flow output. Armstrong offers vortex technology for measurement of steam, liquid, and gas flows. All flow meter AVF in-line models and AVI insertion models provide multi-variable measurement and mass flow output for applications in industrial and institutional environments. With turn down up to 100:1, the Vortex meter offers 1.5% of rate accuracy or better. For more information about the using Vortex meters in your application, contact the team at Campbell-Sevey.