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Magnetic Flowmeters for Measuring the Frac Fluid


A piece of equipment used in hydraulic fracturing is the blender truck. It contains the equipment used to prepare and measure the "frac fluid". Frac fluid is composed of water, sand, specialty chemicals, and gels, and is highly erosive and sometimes corrosive. This "blended" mixture of sand, water and chemicals is then injected into a well to hydraulically open cracks in the rock layers below. By opening the cracks, trapped natural gas and petroleum is released and flows more freely. 

Magnetic flowmeters are employed to measure the frac fluid flow and volume.  These flowmeters must accurately meter the frac fluid into the well, stand up to the continual erosive media, and be durable enough to handle the harsh ambient conditions. Standard process magmeters experience shortened lifespans under these conditions and must be pulled from service and repaired. A better alternative is a severe service flowmeters designed specifically for this service.

Thompson Equipment Company (TECO) manufactures an electromagnetic flowmeter (magmeter) designed for frac fluid flow metering. The TECO design incorporates two significant features to improve performance and extend operating life:
  1. A ceramic sleeved liner made of “magnesia partially stabilized zirconia”
  2. The use of solid tungsten electrodes.
The TECO fracing flowmeter provides huge benefits, namely operators save money through increased uptime, they reduce health, safety and environmental risk, and reduce costs related to magmeter replacement and repair.

Electromagnetic Flow Meters for Accurate Measurement of Flowing Conductive Fluids and Slurries

Badger Magnetic Flow Meter
Magnetic Flow Meter
(Badger Meter)
In general, magnetic flow meters are sturdy, reliable devices able to withstand hazardous environments while returning precise measurements to operators of a wide variety of processes. The magnetic flowmeter has no moving parts. Electromagnetic meters will measure virtually any conductive fluid or slurry. This includes process water and wastewater. They provide low pressure drop, high accuracy, high turndown ratio, and excellent repeatability.  It is however, necessary to fill the entire cross section of the pipe in order to derive useful volumetric flow measurements.

Electromagnetic flow meters employ Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction, whereby voltage is induced when a conductor moves through a magnetic field. The liquid acts as the conductor, with energized coils outside the flow tube creating the magnetic field. The produced voltage is directly proportional to the flow rate. Magnetic flow meter technology is not affected by temperature, pressure, or density of the subject fluid.

Electromagnetic flow meters tend to be heavy in larger sizes and may be prohibitively expensive for some purposes. However, irrespective of price and size, there are multiple reasons why magnetic flow meters are the instrument of choice for certain applications. They are resistant to corrosion and their ability to accurately measure dirty fluids makes them very suitable for wastewater measurement. As mentioned, there are no moving parts in a magnetic flow meter, keeping maintenance to a minimum. Power requirements are also low. Electromagnetic flow meters are available in a wide range of configurations, sizes, and construction materials to accommodate various process installation
requirements.

Severe service flow meter
Severe service flow meter.
(TECO)
Severe application magnetic flow meters provide erosion and abrasion resistant designs, capable of withstanding a variety of highly erosive applications and corrosive slurries. These special-purpose  electromagnetic flow meters utilize liners made from specialty materials like magnesia stabilized zirconia ceramic or aluminum oxide ceramic, have electrodes made of exotic metals such as Hastalloy B/C, titanium, platinum, or tungsten carbide, and include specialized coatings.

Contact Thompson Equipment Company (TECO) with any magnetic flow meter requirement. Their decades of applying, repairing, re-manufacturing, and designing magnetic flow meters will assure a successful implementation.

Severe Service Magmeters for Fracing Operations

Proven in the heat of a West Texas summer, and the cold of an Alberta winter, this TECO magmeter is designed from the ground up to withstand corrosive slurries, acids, bases and solvents.



Severe Application Meter
Severe Application Meter (TECO)
Magnetic flow meters (magmeters) installed on blender trucks are of particular concern. The application involves accurately measuring the flow of an extremely erosive slurry comprised of sand and “frac water” (a mixture of water and harsh chemicals). Replacing failed magmeters can take up to 4 hours, and requires the shutting down of the entire frac spread.

Calling upon sixty-plus years experience in magmeter application, failure analysis, repair, and design, TECO developed several innovative magmeter features intended to improve longevity in fracing operations.

FRAC Trucks
FRAC Trucks
First, TECO developed a ceramic sleeved liner made of “magnesia partially stabilized zirconia”, a very tough ceramic used in severe-service applications that provides corrosion resistance and durability.

Second, TECO developed electrodes built from a solid tungsten carbide billet, which afford unparalleled wear resistance. Given the sand density in the frac fluid, noise reduction is critically important; so, the tungsten carbide is polished leaving a hard, smooth finish that significantly reduces noise in the electrode circuit.

FRAC Sand
Erosive sand tears up
other magmeters. 
Finally, TECO designed the magmeter as a drop-in replacement. It operates with a variety of secondaries and matches the “lay length” of the meter being replaced. There is no need for a new transmitter and no need for repiping, allowing for simple retrofit in existing installations.

Internal view of TECO SAM after 500,000,000 pounds of sand
Internal view of SAM after 500,000,000
pounds of sand flowed though the core.
Upon inspection, the customer found the
flow tube to be looking “brand new”.
In 2017 TECO introduced the SAM (Severe Application Meter) magmeter as a flow meter designed specifically for hydraulic fracturing operations. By specifying SAM, operators save money through increased uptime; decreased health, safety and environmental risk; and reduced costs related to magmeter purchase and repair.

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Contact TECO by visiting https://teco-inc.com of call 800-528-8997 for more information.

Failed Flowmeter - Replace with New or Remanufactured?

New or Remanufactured Flow Meter
Many companies don't realize that when you have a failed mag meter or mass meter, it's often more cost-effective and efficient to have them restored to mint condition, than it is to replace them with new units.

But if you send meters to the original manufacturer they can disappear into their system for weeks or months. And you have no idea how long it will really take, or if it will fail again later from undetected problems. The fact is you can't afford the loss of productivity or downtime. But what if there were a place you could send broken flow meters that could save you money and time by restoring them to pristine condition. A cost-effective specialist who could guarantee rapid turn around time and premium customer service. A team of experienced professionals with the capabilities to keep equipment in service, even if it's no longer supported by others.

For a proven partner like this, there's only TECO. Established in 1947, TECO has become the global leader in restoration and customization of magnetic flow meters, Coriolis meters, and other process control instruments.

TECO understands that time is money, which is why they provide the fastest turnaround time in the
industry. They don't simply repair a broken part and return it, they do a full restoration and back the whole meter with a full warranty. Their quality control includes NIST traceable flow calibration, which is often required by regulatory agencies, and ISO 9000 standards. They also provide independent calibration to serve your preventive maintenance and metrology needs.

While their low cost, high quality work has made them the industry leader, it's their commitment to premium customer service that keeps their clients loyal. Extensive capabilities, combined with a focus on service, also means they can manufacture custom flow meter solutions to meet the demands of severe applications.
  • Low cost, rapid restoration of mag meters, mass meters and other instruments. 
  • Pristine, like-new equipment, backed with a full warranty. 
  • Customized solutions and expert customer service you can trust. 
It's all part of the package with TECO.

If you have failed mag meters, Coriolis meters, or other instruments, call TECO today. After receiving your equipment they'll turn around a quote in 48 hours or less - no return authorization required. To develop a customized solution for your needs, contact TECO.

Phone (504) 833-6381
Visit https://teco-inc.com

Flow Meter Designed for Corrosive Slurries, Acids, Bases & Solvents

TECO Severe Applications Meter (SAM)

A patent pending magnetic flowmeter with abrasion resistant ceramic trim that exceeds the capabilities of Alumina or Yttria Zirconia. Capable of withstanding a variety of corrosive slurries, acids, bases, and solvents.

800-528-8997

Severe Service Flow Meters by TECO



World's First Magnetic Flowmeter Developed Specifically for Hydraulic Fracing

When suspended solids are mixed with a liquid (such as water), a mud-like substance referred to as a “slurry” is formed. Slurries are challenging because of their abrasive nature. Add a highly caustic or acidic condition to the slurry, and the magnetic flowmeters (Magmeters) used to measure flow become particularly susceptible to failure. In these situations off-the-shelf magnetic flowmeters won’t last, so consideration must be given to custom flowmeters built specifically to withstand the application’s unique requirements. Hydraulic fracturing (fracing) is one industry where the movement and handling of slurries is very common, and specially designed Magmeters should be used.

Thompson Equipment (TECO) is now offering their "Severe Application Meter (SAM)" (patent pending) which is specifically designed as the world's first Magmeter developed specifically for the hydraulic fracing industry. It is designed with an impact and wear resistant ceramic liner, solid tungsten carbide billet electrodes, and quick change Victaulic flanges. The SAM can also be retrofitted to the customers existing electronic secondary system, such as Rosemount, E+H, Yokagawa, etc.

For more information, contact TECO by calling (504) 833-6381 or by visiting https://www.teco-inc.com.

The Magmeter Zone - Don't Let Your Flow Meters Die Here

Don't let this happen to your old flowmeters! 

Here's a video parody of the popular TV show "The Twilight Zone", only here it's the "Magmeter Zone", where old, worn out magmeters go to die. From the creative minds at TECO ... humor in magnetic flowmeters - who woulda thunk it?  Enjoy!