Heat meters provide accurate data in major airport

Engineer Live News Desk

Multiple Micronics U3000 heat meters have been installed at a major London airport. Many were used in the Biomass Energy Centre and in the 694 Cooling Station where all the chillers are located for Terminal 3. They were used to produce data relating to the heat generated by gas boilers and the biomass plant and cooling station. The data has been used to ensure that the plant to which they are connected accurately monitors and evaluates performance.

The U3000 offered a quick and reliable heat measurement solution. Duncan Hopkins, Project Manager for J&D Hopkins Services chose the heat meters because it meant that there was no need to cut into pipes which, in turn meant that installation costs were minimal. They are configured for pipe size so there is nominal configuration on site and because they feature an easy to follow menu they provide a cost-effective alternative to the installation of a traditional in-line meter. They are designed to work with clamp on transducers and with their easy to follow menu and simple set up they proved to be a cost-effective alternative to a traditional in-line meter installation. With no need to drain down during installation, operation or servicing, costly and disruptive downtime is kept to a minimum, absolutely vital in a busy airport.

Duncan Hopkins was fully satisfied with his choice of heat meter: “Micronics meters are much quicker and cheaper to install because the system does not need to be drained down or pipes cut into. Also, the fact that it is configured for pipe size means there is only nominal configuration on site. We have found the accuracy of the data delivered to be excellent and its operation has proved exceptional. We have now purchased a portable PF330 so flow rates in any pipe, hot or cold and in any location can be accurately verified.  This unit has helped identify flow problems and subsequently saved energy and has also been used to verify borehole flow rates for the Environmental Protection Agency.”