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Flow Research and Test Center

The FMC Technologies Flow Research and Test Center, located in Erie, Pennsylvania is capable of testing meters over the widest dynamic measurement range of any test facility in the world. 

Lab Features

  • NVLAP accredited ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (NVLAP Lab Code 200939-0)
  • Traceable to international standards and meets all requirements for OIML
  • Maximum Flow capability of 4 to 42,000 bph (0.6 to 6,675 m3/h)
  • Viscosity Testing range of 2 to 500 cSt (2 to 500 mm2/s)
  • Can test meter sizes from 1 to 30 inches (25 to 750 mm)
  • Dynamic testing range of 10 to 1,000,000 Reynolds Number

Test Systems

The Flow Research and Test Center utilizes three testing systems to ensure accurate meter testing depending on the application: High Flow (HF), Multi-Viscosity (MV) and Low Flow (LF).   All three test systems are covered by the NVLAP scope of accreditation for ISO/IEC 17025:2005. The HF System is capable of sustaining test flowrates up to 42,000 bph (6,675 m3/h) on a Brad Penn oil (10 to 25 cSt); the MV system can test up to 8,000 bph (1,270 m3/h) across a variety of oils from 2 to 500 cSt. For smaller meters, the LF System operates from 4 to 1,700 bph (0.6 to 270 m3/h) on multiple fluids of viscosities varying from 2 cSt to 225 cSt (2 to 225 mm2/s).

Scope of Accreditation

NVLAP has granted ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation (NVLAP Lab Code 200939-0) for the HF, MV and LF test systems at the Flow Research and Test Center.  This is in accordance to all national standards and is traceable to international standards.  The Flow Research and Test Center is also compliant with all OIML requirements.  The summary of accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is as follows.  Please Consult the factory for the full range of lab testing capabilities.

  Prove Method  

 Test System 

  Viscosity Range (cSt) 

  Flow Rate (m3/h) 

  Flow Rate (bph) 

 Expanded Uncertainty

 min

max

 min

max

 min

max

Direct Proving
Method

MV System

2

250

135

1,270

850

8,000

See Scope of Accreditation 

HF System

10

25

135

2,775

850

17,500 

LF System

2

225

0.6

270

4

1,698 

Master Meter
Proving Method

MV System

2

150

105

1,270

650

8,000

See Scope of Accreditation

HF System

10

25

160

6,675

995

42,000

LF System

2

225

1.6

270

10

1,698 

Proving

To achieve its high rate of accuracy, the FMC Technologies Flow Research and Test Center employs a combination of Master Provers and Master Meters.  All meters tested in the flowlab will either be tested directly against a prover using the Direct Prove Method (DPM) or against one or more Master Meter Provers via the Master Meter Prove Method (MMPM). For DPM we use a Honeywell Calibron SYNCROTRAK S120 prover.  The LF stand uses a Honeywell Calibron SYNCROTRAK S35 prover. For MMPM, the HF System uses 3 Smith Meter® 16" M16 Positive Displacement meters.  The MV System uses either a Smith Meter 12" K12  or a Smith Meter 16" M16 Positive Displacement meter for Master Meter Proving. The LF System uses a Smith Meter 6" Model G6 Positive Displacement meter.

Accreditations

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Certificate of Accreditation

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NVLAP Lab Code 200939-0 Scope of Accreditation

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