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ISA Trans. 2013 Sep;52(5):692-700. doi: 10.1016/j.isatra.2013.05.001. Epub 2013 May 27.

Development of Coriolis mass flowmeter with digital drive and signal processing technology.

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  • 1School of Electrical and Automation Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, China.


Coriolis mass flowmeter (CMF) often suffers from two-phase flowrate which may cause flowtube stalling. To solve this problem, a digital drive method and a digital signal processing method of CMF is studied and implemented in this paper. A positive-negative step signal is used to initiate the flowtube oscillation without knowing the natural frequency of the flowtube. A digital zero-crossing detection method based on Lagrange interpolation is adopted to calculate the frequency and phase difference of the sensor output signals in order to synthesize the digital drive signal. The digital drive approach is implemented by a multiplying digital to analog converter (MDAC) and a direct digital synthesizer (DDS). A digital Coriolis mass flow transmitter is developed with a digital signal processor (DSP) to control the digital drive, and realize the signal processing. Water flow calibrations and gas-liquid two-phase flowrate experiments are conducted to examine the performance of the transmitter. The experimental results show that the transmitter shortens the start-up time and can maintain the oscillation of flowtube in two-phase flowrate condition.

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Coriolis mass flowmeter; Digital drive method; Digital signal processing; Flow measurement; Industrial measurement; Transmitter development

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