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US EPA Method 2A - Direct Measurement Of Gas Volume Through Pipes And Small Ducts

NOTE: This method does not include all of the specifications (e.g., equipment and supplies) and procedures (e.g., sampling) essential to its performance. Some material is incorporated by reference from other methods in this part. Therefore, to obtain reliable results, persons using this method should have a thorough knowledge of at least the following additional test methods: Method 1, Method 2.

 

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1.0 Scope and Application.

 

1.1 This method is applicable for the determination of gas flow rates in pipes and small ducts, either in-line or at exhaust positions, within the temperature range of 0 to 50 C (32 to 122 F).

1.2 Data Quality Objectives. Adherence to the requirements of this method will enhance the quality of the data obtained from air pollutant sampling methods.



2.0 Summary of Method.

 

2.1 A gas volume meter is used to measure gas volume directly. temperature and pressure measurements are made to allow correction of the volume to standard conditions.



3.0 Definitions. [Reserved]




4.0 Interferences. [Reserved]




5.0 Safety.



5.1 Disclaimer.

 

This method may involve hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. This test method may not address all of the safety problems associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this test method to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to performing this test method.



6.0 Equipment and Supplies.

 

Specifications for the apparatus are given below. Any other apparatus that has been demonstrated (subject to approval of the Administrator) to be capable of meeting the specifications will be considered acceptable.



6.1 Gas Volume Meter.

 

A positive displacement meter, turbine meter, or other direct measuring device capable of measuring volume to within 2 percent. The meter shall be equipped with a Temperature Sensor (accurate to within ±2 percent of the minimum absolute temperature) and a pressure gauge (accurate to within ±2.5 mm Hg). The manufacturer's recommended capacity of the meter shall be sufficient for the expected maximum and minimum flow rates for the sampling conditions. temperature, pressure, corrosive characteristics, and pipe size are factors necessary to consider in selecting a suitable gas meter.



6.2 barometer.

 

A mercury, aneroid, or other barometer capable of measuring atmospheric pressure to within ±2.5 mm Hg.

NOTE: In many cases, the barometric reading may be obtained from a nearby National Weather Service station, in which case the station value (which is the absolute barometric pressure) shall be requested and an adjustment for elevation differences between the weather station and sampling point shall be applied at a rate of minus 2.5 mm (0.1 in.) Hg per 30 m (100 ft) elevation increase or vice versa for elevation decrease.



6.3 Stopwatch.

 

Capable of measurement to within 1 second.



7.0 Reagents and Standards. [Reserved]




8.0 Sample Collection and Analysis.



8.1 Installation.

 

As there are numerous types of pipes and small ducts that may be subject to volume measurement, it would be difficult to describe all possible installation schemes. In general, flange fittings should be used for all connections wherever possible. Gaskets or other seal materials should be used to assure leak-tight connections. The volume meter should be located so as to avoid severe vibrations and other factors that may affect the meter calibration.



8.2 Leak Test.

 

8.2.1 A volume meter installed at a location under positive pressure may be leak-checked at the meter connections by using a liquid leak detector solution containing a surfactant. Apply a small amount of the solution to the connections. If a leak exists, bubbles will form, and the leak must be corrected.

 

8.2.2 A volume meter installed at a location under negative pressure is very difficult to test for leaks without blocking flow at the inlet of the line and watching for meter movement. If this procedure is not possible, visually check all connections to assure leak-tight seals.



8.3 Volume Measurement.



8.3.1 For sources with continuous, steady emission flow rates

 

Record the initial meter volume reading, meter temperature(s), meter pressure, and start the stopwatch. Throughout the test period, record the meter temperatures and pressures so that average values can be determined. At the end of the test, stop the timer, and record the elapsed time, the final volume reading, meter temperature, and pressure. Record the barometric pressure at the beginning and end of the test run. Record the data on a table similar to that shown in Figure 2A-1.



8.3.2 For sources with noncontinuous, non-steady emission flow rates

 

Use the procedure in Section 8.3.1 with the addition of the following: Record all the meter parameters and the start and stop times corresponding to each process cyclical or noncontinuous event.



9.0 Quality Control.



10.0 Calibration and Standardization.



10.1 Volume Meter.

 

10.1.1 The volume meter is calibrated against a standard reference meter prior to its initial use in the field. The reference meter is a spirometer or liquid displacement meter with a capacity consistent with that of the test meter.

 

10.1.2 Alternatively, a calibrated, Standard Pitot may be used as the reference meter in conjunction with a wind tunnel assembly. Attach the test meter to the wind tunnel so that the total flow passes through the test meter. For each calibration run, conduct a 4-point traverse along one stack diameter at a position at least eight diameters of straight tunnel downstream and two diameters upstream of any bend, inlet, or air mover. Determine the traverse point locations as specified in Method 1. Calculate the reference volume using the velocity values following the procedure in Method 2, the wind tunnel cross-sectional area, and the run time.

 

10.1.3 Set up the test meter in a configuration similar to that used in the field installation (i.e., in relation to the flow moving device). Connect the Temperature Sensor and pressure gauge as they are to be used in the field. Connect the reference meter at the inlet of the flow line, if appropriate for the meter, and begin gas flow through the system to condition the meters. During this conditioning operation, check the system for leaks.

 

10.1.4 The calibration shall be performed during at least three different flow rates. The calibration flow rates shall be about 0.3, 0.6, and 0.9 times the rated maximum flow rate of the test meter.

 

10.1.5 For each calibration run, the data to be collected include: reference meter initial and final volume readings, the test meter initial and final volume reading, meter average temperature and pressure, barometric pressure, and run time. Repeat the runs at each flow rate at least three times.

 

10.1.6 Calculate the test meter calibration coefficient as indicated in Section 12.2.

 

10.1.7 Compare the three Ym values at each of the flow rates tested and determine the maximum and minimum values. The difference between the maximum and minimum values at each flow rate should be no greater than 0.030. Extra runs may be required to complete this requirement. If this specification cannot be met in six successive runs, the test meter is not suitable for use. In addition, the meter coefficients should be between 0.95 and 1.05. If these specifications are met at all the flow rates, average all the Ym values from runs meeting the specifications to obtain an average meter calibration coefficient, Ym.

 

10.1.8 The procedure above shall be performed at least once for each volume meter. Thereafter, an abbreviated calibration check shall be completed following each field test. The calibration of the volume meter shall be checked with the meter pressure set at the average value encountered during the field test. Three calibration checks (runs) shall be performed using this average flow rate value. Calculate the average value of the calibration factor. If the calibration has changed by more than 5 percent, recalibrate the meter over the full range of flow as described above.

 

NOTE: If the volume meter calibration coefficient values obtained before and after a test series differ by more than 5 percent, the test series shall either be voided, or calculations for the test series shall be performed using whichever meter coefficient value (i.e., before or after) gives the greater value of pollutant emission rate.



10.2 Temperature Sensor.

 

After each test series, check the Temperature Sensor at ambient temperature. Use an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) mercury in-glass reference thermometer, or equivalent, as a reference. If the sensor being checked agrees within 2 percent (absolute temperature) of the reference, the temperature data collected in the field shall be considered valid. Otherwise, the test data shall be considered invalid or adjustments of the results shall be made, subject to the approval of the Administrator.



10.3 barometer.

 

Calibrate the barometer used against a mercury barometer prior to the field test.



11.0 Analytical Procedure.

 

Sample collection and analysis are concurrent for this method (see Section 8.0).



12.0 Data Analysis and Calculations.

 

Carry out calculations, retaining at least one extra decimal figure beyond that of the acquired data. Round off figures after final calculation.



12.1 Nomenclature.

f = Final reading.

i = Initial reading.

Pbar = Barometric pressure, mm Hg.

Pg = Average static pressure in volume meter, mm Hg.

Qs = Gas flow rate, m3/min, standard conditions.

s = Standard conditions, 20C and 760 mm Hg.

Tr = Reference meter average temperature, K (R).

Tm = Test meter average temperature, K (R).

Vr = Reference meter volume reading, m3.

Vm = Test meter volume reading, m,3.

Ym = Test meter calibration coefficient, dimensionless.

2 = Elapsed test period time, min.



12.2 Test meter calibration Coefficient.

Eq. 2a-1



12.3 Volume.

Eq. 2a-2



12.4 Gas flow rate.

Eq. 2a-3



13.0 Method Performance. [Reserved]




14.0 Pollution Prevention. [Reserved]




15.0 Waste Management. [Reserved]




16.0 References.

 

1. Rom, Jerome J. Maintenance, calibration, and Operation of Isokinetic Source Sampling equipment. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Publication No. APTD-0576. March 1972.

2. Wortman, Martin, R. Vollaro, and P.R. Westlin. Dry Gas volume meter calibrations. Source Evaluation Society Newsletter. Vol. 2, No. 2. May 1977.

3. Westlin, P.R., and R.T. Shigehara. Procedure for Calibrating and Using Dry Gas volume meters as calibration Standards. Source Evaluation Society Newsletter. Vol. 3, No. 1. February 1978.



17.0 Tables, Diagrams, flowcharts, and Validation Data. [Reserved]