



The FLOW CONSULTANT
is the only software endorsed by Richard W. Miller covering all differential producers
and exact equations of state presented in
The Flow Measurement Engineering Handbook.



The Flow Consultant includes Restrictive Orifice, Turbine meters, Vortex meters, Fluidic meters, Swirl meters, All frequency /digital output meters, Fixed Geometry and VCone Flowmeters. Constants for the following Flowmeters: Annubar, Elbow, Foxboro Integral Flow Orifice (IFO), Preso, Multiport Averaging (MPA), Taylor Wedge, Veris Verabar and the ability to enter the flow coefficient.
Users interested in other devices may contact us for consideration.






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Accuracy / Uncertainty 

AGA 8 

Flow Versus Differential Pressure 

Gas Mixtures 

Fixed Geometry Devices Compact Orifice, Elbow, IFO, Multiport Averaging, Wedge Meters and VCone


Fluid PropertiesOnly The FLOW CONSULTANT ™ software contains fluid properties modules using the exact solution and not a generalize equation of state. 

ISA DataSheet Export Data to Microsoft ™ Excel using the standardized Datasheet or customize your own corporate version. 

Meters covered by The FLOW CONSULTANT ™


Units 

Data Storage 

Pipe Material And Primary Element Material 

Noise Calculation


Restrictive Orifice 

Support 

Standards and Reference Texts
April 2004  Regarding ISO 5167 and ASME 3M
Standards Notice From R.W. Miller


Wide Range Metering 



Tap into a Wealth of Knowledge




The FLOW CONSULTANT ™continuously monitors input throughout the computational process. Warnings are issued and default data displayed for entries outside the manufacturer's recommendations or published standards.
Constants are built in for virtually every model of Orifice Plate, Nozzle or Venturi are included. Solve for Liquid, Gas and Vapor fluid states.
Exclusive engineering features include continual checks for Cavitation or Flashing Flows, Critical (Choked) FlowRate Computations, Restrictive Orifice Computations, Energy and Overall Pressure Loss and unique solutions derived by R.W. Miller for computations outside standard limits.
Meters covered by The FLOW CONSULTANT ™
Fixed Geometry Devicesbecame available in The FLOW CONSULTANT ™ Version 5.1.
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Flexibility


The Flow Consultant is a modular design. Each segment of our program is compartmentalized for total design flexibility. Users can change any design element without any down time to recompute.
For example, modify the Beta Ratio or Pipe Size to immediately update the FlowRate or vary the FlowRate for immediate change to the Beta Ratio.
Print Screens Shots directly from The FLOW CONSULTANT ™ without going into a separate application.




Standards and Reference Texts 



AGA8
Detail Method, Gravity Method and Heating Value
AGA3
Accepted US standard for the use of orifice meters used to meter natural gas and other fluids.
ASME3M
Accepted standard used by many industries for the metering of many fluid and in particular steam and water flow measurement.
ASMEPT6
For Throat Tap nozzles
ANSI 2530
The American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) standard that duplicates AGA 3
ANSI 2530/AGA3/ Buckingham/Spink
The original AGA/ANSI/ASME standard for the metering of fluid with the flange tap orifice Flowmeter. Once widely used by all US industries in designing flow measurement equipment, this standard has been superseded by the above reference documents.
API Chapter 14
The ANSI standards for the metering of Natural gas.
ISO5167 (2003)*
The International Standards Organization's (ISO) Standard, now in three parts, for the metering of all fluid using Orifices (all tapings), Nozzles, and Venturi Meters.
Miller (1983 to date)
NX19
SGERG Equation of State for Natural Gas is widely used in Europe for custody transfer measurements. SGERG requires input of the heat content BTU (Joules), the relative density (Specific Gravity) and the mole fraction of carbon dioxide.
Spink (1935 to date)
ImportantNotice
Regarding ISO 5167, ASME 3M, and AGA/API/ANSI 2530
From R.W. Miller  April 2004
ASME has recently approved separate standards for Orifice, Nozzle, and Venturi Flowmeters. There is a major change to the
 Orifice Discharge coefficient computational equation for all tappings
 The Gas Expansion factor equation for all tappings
ASME3M and International standard ISO 5167 now use identical equations.
Other US standards (API/AGA/ANSI) no longer agree with International practice for either calculation.
Only The FLOW CONSULTANT software contains the new equation.
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Only The FLOW CONSULTANT ™ software solves for fluid properties modules using the exact solution and not the generalized state equation used in most software. These solutions can be in error by several percent or more.
The Fluid Properties modules contain equation constants for computing the properties for hundreds of fluids. Fluid Properties constants The FLOW CONSULTANT ™ are maintained in accordance with all the current reference texts and standards.
Enter only Pressure and Temperature to compute Base Compressibility, Base Specific Gravity, Base Density, Flowing Compressibility, Flowing Density, Flowing Specific Gravity, Liquid Compressibility, Viscosity or the Isentropic Exponent.
Enter your own fluid properties through our custom fluid screen.
AGA8 for Natural Gas Heating Value, Gravity Method and theDetail Method
AIChE Constants for over 250 fluids. Exact solution correcting for Liquid Compressibility, Temperature and Pressure.
ASME  equations for Water, Saturated Steam and Superheated Steam
Modified Benedict Webb Rubin exact equations for Air, Ammonia, Argon, Butane, CO2 , Ethane, Heptane, Hexane, IButane, IPentane, Methane, Nitrogen, Octane, Oxygen, Pentane, Propane and Propylene.
NX19and SGERG for Natural Gas
Fluid Property Reference
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Mercury Meters
TwoPhase Flow/MultiComponent Flow using either the James or Murdock flow rate computational solution
Drain and Vent Hole
Saturated Liquids
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US and SI units can be interchanged and modified at any time without the time consuming task of recalculating. The Flow Consultant operates on SI units so converting existing data is automatic.
Storage of user defined templates allows for infinite unit combinations with just one click of the mouse.
All units are verified to industry standards for the current design conditions.
If you don't find your units in our software, contact us and we will add it.
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Our simplified interface for entering mole fraction percentages solves the often cumbersome detail method solution.
AGA8 and Gas Mixtures entry screens
Fluids covered by AGA8 and Gas Mixtures.
Also included: Heating Value, Gravity, N2 and CO2
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Developed by R.W. Miller, the Gas Mixtures interface expands the AGA8 interface with additional fluids not included in the AGA8 standard.
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Select from all standard pipe sizes or manually enter pipe size.
The thermal expansion factor is calculated by selecting from these pipe materials and primary element materials:
Carbon Steel
ChromeMoly Steel
Stainless Steel (300, 304, 316, 321, 400)
Duplex
Super Duplex
Hastelloy B
Hastelloy C
Inconel X, annealed
Inconel, 624
Haynes Stellite
KMonel
Monel 400
Titanium
Tantalum
PVC
Existing Flow Consultant users may note some older materials are no longer listed. These can still be used by Entering the Thermal Expansion Coefficient. Removed materials were Yellow Brass, Beryllium Copper, Cupronickel and Pyrex Glass. If you are upgrading data from older versions of the Flow Consultant, these will default to entering the thermal expansion coefficient.
Enter the Thermal Expansion Coefficient for pipe material and primary element material if your materials are not in the pick list.
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Noise Calculation


The ISA SP1, SP2, etc are ISA standards compatible or identical to the work on noise done by Hans Bauman, Masonelian for control valves.
This work is considered the basis for the most practical solution for noise on restrictive devices available in the literature. It is the source document for the solution used for the Flow Consultant noise calculation.




Restrictive Orifice 

An independent review of our competition's software shows the following:




Printing


Users can suppress or print any warnings or error messages generated during the computational process.
Our detailed specification sheet can be completely customized by using the Data Exporter.
Includes a customizable ISA style datasheet.
Print Screens Shots directly from The FLOW CONSULTANT ™ without going into a separate application.
A Print Preview window is now available






The Flow Consultant is backed by Microsoft Access TM. Our software provides a utility to create and maintain multiple databases for easy to use, directory based storage. Create a new data warehouse by simply picking a name and destination.
Create custom external data objects with The Data Exporter. The Data Exporter creates user defined Microsoft Access TM tables export to spreadsheets, corporate databases or any other means of analysis.
Using the Data Exporter, share data with Microsoft Excel TM spreadsheets.
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ISA DataSheet for Microsoft Excel TM


Data is exported to an Excel worksheet in the ISA format.
This puts the full capabilities of Excel graphical and mathematical capabilities at your fingertips. Included on the standard printout is a data and graphical showing dp vs flowrate.
Or Modify the ISA format data sheet to create a custom company specific worksheet.
Click Here To View a Sample Data Sheet




Accuracy / Uncertainty Calculations


The estimated uncertainty based on the measured and unmeasured variables used in the flow rate computation are combined in accordance with the selected standards procedures to give the overall uncertainty (Accuracy).
The estimated uncertainty of the discharge coefficient and gas expansion factor is computed using the appropriate standards. The user inputs the uncertainties of the other measured or unmeasured variables.
Click Here to View Accuracy Screen




Flow Versus Differential Pressure


Unique to The FLOW CONSULTANT ™ is the exportable (and printable) tabulation shown below. The Standard graph is exported to Microsoft Excel™ via the Export Excel Function.
First you select the number of points to compute then the screen displays:
 Scaled flow rate as a function of the differential
 The exact flow rate corrected for the discharge coefficient and gas expansion factor for flow rate
 The directional Bias error between actual and scaled flow rate at the measured differential.
Click Here to View Flow Vs Differential Pressure


Wide Range Metering


Wide Range Metering Accuracy can now easily be determined by
Step 1 select Flow Vs Dp to determine the +/ Bias, errors that occur by not including changes in discharge coefficient and gas expansion factor with FlowRate
Step 2 select Accuracy to determine the+/ error at the lowest acceptable flow rate.
Combine the bias and precision error by summation and repeat for additional transmitters.




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System Requirements
Windows 95/98/NT 4.0/02K/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
Recommended P5 Processor or Higher




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