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TitleVideo-camera-based sensor to measure gas/oil interface heights for pressures up to 17 MPa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsFitzgerald, M.P., Sutton C.M., and Jack D.G.
Pagination627 - 629
Date Published1999
ISSN00261394 (ISSN)
KeywordsCylinders (shapes), Phase interfaces, Pressure balances, PRESSURE MEASUREMENT, Pressure transducers, Remote sensing, Sensors, Video cameras
AbstractThis paper describes a gas/oil interface height sensor for determining the fluid head corrections when comparing a gas-operated pressure balance with an oil-operated pressure balance. The sensor can also be used to establish the balance point of the comparison from the rate of change of the interface height. In the sensor, a video camera views the interface within a transparent pressure cell. The cell is made from a polished polycarbonate cylinder, outer diameter 50 mm, inner diameter 10 mm, designed for a working pressure of 17 MPa. A safety shield surrounds the cell. The video camera magnifies the image of the interface and a reference scale in the cell, allowing them to be viewed remotely. The sensor can measure interface heights with a standard uncertainty of 0.05 mm. Results of a comparison of pressure balances using the sensor show that over the range 1.6 MPa to 11 MPa, the balance points can be determined with a standard uncertainty of less than 4 Pa.

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