Electronic differential pressure measurement for level monitoring

Differential pressure measurement is trusted as a method for monitoring the amount of closed vessels. Oftentimes, operators use individual instruments with an output signal or on-site display. On the other hand, a more precise and fault-immune solution may be the measuring arrangement produced by WIKA using two process transmitters in a primary-secondary relationship.
Each level monitoring application using differential pressure measurement is based on the next principle: For the level of the contents in the vessel, the differential pressure between the liquid and the gaseous phase is determined. Furthermore, the hydrostatic pressure, the specific density of the medium and the vessel geometry are included in the calculation. Typical measuring instruments have two adjacent process connections for the pressures P1 and P2. For level measurement, a capillary must bridge the pronounced distance between your two measuring points.
Measurement with two process transmitters as Primary instrument (right) and Secondary instrument. This measuring arrangement for level monitoring can be utilized flexibly, e.g. for information on the mixing ratio of liquids.
Connection via signal cable
When monitoring the particular level using electronic differential pressure measurement, however, both measuring points have one process transmitter each. For instance, the WIKA models CPT-2x and IPT-2x are ideal for this. The two transmitters are arranged as Primary instrument and Secondary instrument. They’re connected, purely electrically, via a signal cable and so are therefore not vunerable to disturbances. The Primary instrument supplies the Secondary instrument with power. The Secondary instrument is parameterised via a serial interface or through the display on the Primary instrument. Finally, communication occurs via an interior bus.
Level monitoring in a closed tank
Application example
The figure on the left shows an average application example for level monitoring with electronic differential pressure measurement on a liquid tank. The Secondary instrument measures the pressure P1, in cases like this the gas pressure, and transmits it to the Primary instrument. This detects the pressure P2, here the pressure in the liquid column at the bottom of the tank. The Primary instrument calculates the differential pressure from P1 and P2. Utilizing Effortless measured value and considering the other parameters mentioned, it determines the quantity in the tank as an indication of the particular level. This value could be output either being an analogue or digital signal to the control room and/or to the display of the Primary instrument.
Benefits of the measuring arrangement with two process transmitters
The technique for level monitoring described here has several advantages when compared to a conventional method, for example, with a differential pressure transmitter:
Higher accuracy and ?turndown?
Process transmitters deliver higher degrees of accuracy. Regarding the WIKA models, these are up to 0.05 % of the set span. Furthermore, there is the possibility of ?turndown?, the individual setting of a specific measuring span (this is also possible retrospectively with instruments which are already installed.)
Minimised temperature effect
Transmission via signal cable with electronic differential pressure measurement minimises the temperature effect. In contrast, the capillaries found in the conventional measuring method are a lot more susceptible here. This, subsequently, can ultimately affect the measuring result.
Fast commissioning
The electronic measuring arrangement can be commissioned faster. Contrary to a solution with capillaries, it does not require any test run.
Reduced maintenance effort
The maintenance effort is lower: In case of a fault, only the procedure transmitter concerned has to be replaced. On the other hand, with measuring differential pressure with capillaries, the entire measuring arrangement should be replaced.
Note
Further information on the model CPT-2x and IPT-2x process transmitters, which are suitable for electronic differential pressure measurement for level monitoring, is available on the WIKA website.

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