Bulk Liquid Measurement Application vs. Tank Gauging Solutions
Due to the wide range of Products » stored, from unprocessed crude to refined white products, a single technology is not suitable for every application. Certain products may require refrigeration or heating; the products may be highly viscous or gaseous. As the tank gauge penetrates the tank, it must be able to measure the products effectively and also be able to withstand these additional environmental conditions.
What is Tank Gauging?
Tank gauging is the generic name given to the measurement of liquids (product) in bulk storage tanks with the aim of quantifying how much product is in the tank, "gauging the contents of a tank". Today, the oil & gas industry uses the static measurement of the tank contents to account for product stored and product moved into and out of the tank. In other industries, such as food or beverage, chemical or waste water, the tank is subject to continuous process conditions.
Selecting the Correct Instrument
There are many instruments and systems available that can provide the combination of measurements that will allow an accurate quantity assessment and, hence, good inventory management. But, before a particular instrument is chosen based on it's data specification alone, other factors should be assessed that affect the application and create uncertainties in the measurement.
- Types of Storage Tanks
- Bulk Liquid Petroleum Products
- Ambient Measurement Conditions
- Petroleum Asset Management
Varec can help you understand the implications of each and will assist you with the selection of the most appropriate measurement system for your needs.