ISA Interchange

Welcome to the official blog of the International Society of Automation (ISA).

This blog covers numerous topics on industrial automation such as operations & management, continuous & batch processing, connectivity, manufacturing & machine control, and Industry 4.0.

All Posts

Evaluation Question

An analog electronic d/p transmitter has an output of 4-20 mA which represents 0 to 100 gpm (0 to 378.5 lpm). On a properly calibrated transmitter, what is the output in gpm (lpm), if the transmitter output is 12 mA?

         a.    25                 (94 lpm)

         b.   33.3             (126 lpm)

         c.   70.7             (267.6 lpm)

         d.   50                 (189.3 lpm)

 

 This question has to be read carefully because a lot of people including myself , tend to say 50 because 12 mA would normally would represent 50% of your span. However, the question states that you are using a differential pressure transmitter to measure gallons per minute which is a volumetric flow unit. Therefore you have to use the square root because flow is directly proportional to the square root of the differential pressure. This can be done in the transmitter or the DCS, but not both.

The correct formula for the above question is as follows:

 

 In other words,  take your output signal which was 12 mA and subtract 4, giving you 8. Divide 8 by16 which gives you 0.5. Then you take the square root of 0.5 which is 0.7071 and multiply it by the maximum flow rate of 100.

 The answer is c. 70.7 gpm.

 

Mark Weisner
Mark Weisner
Mark Weisner is a technical specialist at ISA.

Related Posts

What are the Biggest Mistakes You Have Seen? Part 3

The following discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program, authored by G...
Greg McMillan Jul 1, 2022 5:30:00 AM

How is Automation Changing Chemical Plants?

Automation is becoming a gamechanger in various industries. Decision makers need to figure out how best t...
Emily Newton Jun 28, 2022 5:30:00 AM

ISA Commemorates International Women in Engineering Day

Since 1982, women have earned almost 10 million more college degrees than men. However, despite this stat...
Steven Aliano Jun 23, 2022 5:30:00 AM