Bell Technologies introduces high-pressure flow meter

 Offshore staff

HOUSTONBell Technologies LLC has introduced the Multiphase Toruswedge (MPT) – a high-pressure flow meter for safely measuring multiphase volumetric flow rates for wellbore processes.

The meter is designed to provide volumetric flow measurement on drilling rigs and can be used for multiple applications ranging from low to extremely high pressure.

According to the company, the MPT is particularly suited to mud flow where fluid is injected into the well through high-pressure high volume injection pumps.  Mud is then returned to the surface through the bell nipple where it flows through the shaker for cleaning prior to being re-circulated back to the wellbore.

The new flow meter will allow operators, the company claims, to confidently monitor mud flow both in and out of the well and ensure long-term asset reliability as well as safe operation of the rig. By monitoring the complete mud flow process, the rig operator will be able to safely control the drilling process and provide a more economically priced wellbore. 

The Bell Technologies MPT mud flow meter is a primary flow element with a maximum pressure rating of 20,000 psi (1,379 bar.) This is the first ultra-high pressure meter developed by Bell Technologies to address measurement in non-homogeneous situations where other flow meters fail.

 Dave Bell, owner and chief technology officer of Bell Technologies, said: “This new meter is breaking boundaries for flow meters in high-pressure applications where virtually every other technology has failed. It delivers value to our customers through more accurate measurement and reduced maintenance over traditional differential pressure and Coriolis technology.”

In addition, Siemens has partnered with Bell Technologies to provide a complete system that monitors mud flow more efficiently and improves safety on drilling rigs.

Les Bottoms, senior account manager with Siemens, said: “When coupled with a Siemens DP (differential pressure) transmitter and a PLC (programmable logic controller) with proprietary software, this meter provides safe, reliable, and highly repeatable performance with reduced maintenance in the toughest applications.”


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