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AutoQuiz: What is the Most Cost-Effective Way to Measure the Level of a Highly Corrosive Media?

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager.

This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Click this link for more information about the CCST program.

Which of the following measurement methods is most cost-effective for measuring the level of a highly corrosive media?

a) radioactive
b) ultrasonic
c) capacitance
d) float
e) none of the above

The correct answer is b, "ultrasonic".

The ultrasonic method is the most cost-effective. Floats are very seldom used with any corrosive material, and radioactive measurement is very expensive, due to purchase costs and compliance with federal and state regulations. Capacitance can be adapted to work with a highly corrosive media, but it will not be as cost-effective as ultrasonic measurement.

Reference: Goettsche, L.D. (Editor), Maintenance of Instruments and Systems, 2nd Edition

About the Editor
Joel Don is the community manager for ISA and is an independent content marketing, social media and public relations consultant. Prior to his work in marketing and PR, Joel served as an editor for regional newspapers and national magazines throughout the U.S. He earned a master's degree from the Medill School at Northwestern University with a focus on science, engineering and biomedical marketing communications, and a bachelor of science degree from UC San Diego.

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Joel Don
Joel Don is the community manager for ISA and is an independent content marketing, social media and public relations consultant. Prior to his work in marketing and PR, Joel served as an editor for regional newspapers and national magazines throughout the U.S. He earned a master's degree from the Medill School at Northwestern University with a focus on science, engineering and biomedical marketing communications, and a bachelor of science degree from UC San Diego.

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