Published on November 8, 2013
Level Measurement and Tank Gauging Systems
Level Measurement and Tank Gauging Systems
Level Measurement Techniques Manual (Visual): • Visual reading thru’ sight-glass • Dip-tape or dip-rod based manual gauging • Float and counter weight on Calibrated Scale
Level Measurement Techniques Simple Automated measurements: • Float with limit-switches • Float with potentiometer • Float & counter weight type with potentiometer/encoder (counting rotation of disk / pulley)
Float & Counter weight
Level Measurement Techniques Simple Automated techniques: • Capacitance type probes • Vibrating fork • Displacer method • Hydrostatic Pressure sensing
Vibrating fork technique
Hydrostatic Pressure Transmitters
Hydrostatic tank gauging • Oldest tank Gauging method. • Uses 1-3 pressure transmitters • Calculates the mass, density and volume Advantages: • Can be used for corrosive & viscous product • Non-Intrusive with no moving parts
Pressure P3 Pressure P2 HBM Pressure P1 HB Mass = (P1 - P3) x Area Density = (P1 - P2) HBM Volume = Mass Density Level = (P1 - P3) . HB Density
Hydrostatic tank gauging Limitations: • Mounting on the existing tanks, nozzles, fittings • Not accurate level measurement • Generally Not suitable for Custody Transfer • Density measurement to a limited range
Level Measurement Techniques Advanced automated systems: • Ultrasonic transducers, • Radar, • Guided-wave radar/Impulse, • Servo-gauge, • Gamma-radiation attenuation, etc…
Radar gauge • Developed in the 70’s for gauging in crude-carriers • Non-intrusive, no moving parts • Uses micro-waves (RF) to measure level • Accuracy ±1, 3, 10, 25 mm, etc depending on type
Radar gauge Limitations: • Less suitable for products with Low Dielectric (LPG, LNG, Aromatics, etc.) • Affected by tank-roof, stilling-pipe, stirrers, etc. • Affected by vapour density changes • Effect of foam?
Reference pulse Reference pulse
• Measuring ranges: 27m, 37m, etc. upto 150 m total wire lengths • Wire material: SS-316, Hasteloy C22, Tantalum, Invar, etc • Mains AC supply: 110/130/220/240 V, (optional) 65 V • Built-in Density measurement (optional)
Guide wheels Sprocket wheel (houses drive magnets) Sensing head Tape drum Tape connection
Servo gauge Limitations: • moving parts • Viscous products stick to wire (wire masslength compensation will be Erroneous) • some high viscous products contaminate wire drum (length measurement Errors, repeatability errors) • Foam (displacer drifting/floating unstabilities) • Wire can break if product solidifies • Affected by tank geometrics
Tank Gauging System • A generic name for the static quantity assessment of liquid products in bulk storage tanks • Data from Gauging Instrumentation transmitted to Inventory Management System to compute overall state (level, mass, density, volume) of Product inside the tanks.
Purpose of Tank Gauging • Inventory Management – Accuracy - How much of which product, in which tanks at a given instant. • Custody transfer – Standardized measurement between traders for sale/purchase transfers. • Safety – Safe fill and emptying of product • Loss accounting/control – Audit, planning, restructuring operations
Purpose of Tank Gauging Activity Unit Accuracy • Oil Movement & Operations Level & Vol Low • Stock Accounting Mass or Vol Modest • Custody Transfer Mass or Vol High • Loss Control Mass or Vol High
Tank Farm Management
Petroleum Products Measured •Crude oil •Lube oil base stock •Fuel oil •Diesel fuel •Kerosene •Jet fuel •Gasoline •LPG •LNG •Asphalt and bitumen
Tank Farm Management Accurate level measurement used in conjunction with: • Water measurement device • Temperature & Density measurement • TFM computes mass, vol, density.
TFM Measurement Parameters •level •Average or spot temperature •Pressure •Average density •Gross observed volume (G.O.V.) •Volume of water & sediments (S&W) •Mass and net standard volume (N.S.V.)
Standards API -Manual of Petroleum Measurements Standards (MPMS) Chapter 3 – Tank Gauging Section 1B – Standard practice for Level Measurement of liquid hydrocarbons in stationary tanks by Automatic Tank Gauging Section 3 - Pressurized storage tanks OIML R85 Automatic level gauges for measuring level of liquids in fixed storage tanks
API – MPMS Chapter 3 • Section 1A: Standard practices for manual gauging of Petroleum and petroleum products • Section 1B: Standard practice for level measurement of liquid Hydrocarbons in Stationary tanks by Automatic tank gauging • Section 3: Standard practices for level measurement of liquid hydrocarbons in stationary pressurized storage tanks by ATG • Section 4: Standard practices for level measurement of liquid hydrocarbons on marine vessels by ATG • Section 5: Standard practices for level measurement of light hydrocarbon liquids onboard marine vessels by ATG
Spot RTD Probes
Interface Level Measurements Common Technologies Used for Interface Measurements: • Capacitance – Displacers – Pressure – Guided Wave Radar technology
Density Measurement • Manual sampling and lab analysis • Hydrostatic pressure in conjunction with level info • On-line density measurement devices • Servo-gauge with built-in density measurement
Servo Gauge with built-in density measurement • oscillations sustained at natural frequency against damping effects. • The resonant frequency is inversely proportional to the square root of the mass. • by calibration, the frequency of vibration is directly related the density of the fluid
Points to be noted • • • • • • • • • • Changes in process fluid dielectric? changes in vapor space composition? probe coating? changes in density? applications with disturbing objects, turbulence? low dielectric constant for media? dirty, thick, sticky or viscous media? Solidifying media (with temperature drops)? mounting too close to tank walls? Length, small or longer depth of mounting chamber, nozzles?
Tank Farm management: Software • Different Screens / Frames / Windows – For operators – For Engineering • • • • for monitoring various Tanks in a gist for each Tank, showing all parameters for groups, eg. different products, zones Screens for gauging, inventory, calibration, trending, etc.
Tank Farm management: Software • Batch transfers • Alarms • Event logs • Reporting • Operations: Commands for gauging (SG), valve OPEN/CLOSE, pump ON/OFF, etc. • Facilitates troubleshooting of Tank Gauging, interface hardware, etc.
Tank Farm management: Software Tank database: • Tags and Tank Identities, Tank strapping details, Tank-type, Max. safe fill height, Shell capacity, Roof weight, Product names, API/ASTM table code, ref. densities, etc. • COM-Port definitions, CIU tags & addr., gauge addr., gauge type, details on installed instrumentation for temperature, density, pressure, Engineering Units, scheduling of water/density dipping, logs, etc.
Storage tank Deformations • Tank Bottom Movements (Hydrostatic pressure) • Tank Shell Thermal Expansion • Tank Shell Deformation (Hydrostatic press.) • Roof deformations • Tank deformations due to High winds • Floor-seismic deformations • Hydraulic pressure effects, dynamics from other tanks, structures in the vicinity
Storage tank Deformations
Sl. No. Parameter Description: For Automatic Tank Gauging Method Uncertainty 1 Level 2 mm 2 Stability of reference points 3 Temperature element (RTD PT100 Class B) 0.5 % 4 Temperature transmitter (SDAU) 0.05 % 5 The uncertainty of the water level probe. 0.3 % 6 Tank Capacity Tables (TCT) 0.2 % 7 Tank hydrostatic deformations 8 Shell expansion 9 ASTM, table 54, Volume Correction Factor tables 0.05 % 10 Density @ 15 deg C is a manual input value obtained from the site Laboratory 0.1 % 11 Field data to computer A/D signal converter 0.025%
Cumulative Accuracies Tank Gauging Vs Flow-metering Tank Gauge (Radar) For parcel size (transfer volume) greater than 5 metre. •Gross Volume ≈ +/- 0.30 •Gross Std Volume ≈ +/- 0.35 •Mass ≈ +/- 0.40 Flowmeter (Turbinemeter) •Gross Volume ≈ +/- 0.25 •Gross Std Volume ≈ +/- 0.28 •mass ≈ +/- 0.28
Cryogenic Media? Tank Gauging wins over flowmeters Due to difficulties experienced in metering of LNG at -160, custody transfer of LNG will still be done by volume measurement by tank gauging for time to come till rugged, reliable, maintenance free and accurate flow measurement techniques for cryogenic liquid like LNG are developed.
LNG Tanks Capacity LNG tank : 160,000 m3 Diameter: 81 meter Max height: 55 meter
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