It is very important, but difficult to measure instantaneous flow rate in the unsteady flow regime, since the variation of velocity profile limits the dynamic accuracy of flowmeters. Consideration of the velocity profile variation is crucial to improving their dynamic performance. A new method is presented for measuring the instantaneous flow rate of unsteady flow in a circular pipe by estimating the velocity profile of the flow. The estimation is formulated as a discrete Kalman filter problem where the dynamics of the velocity profile, which is governed by a linear partial differential equation, is approximated using a finite-dimensional model. An instantaneous flowmeter consisting of a laser Doppler velocimeter (LVD) and an 8-bit microcomputer which implements the solution of the filter problem has been developed.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control|
|Publication status||Published - 1983 Mar|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering