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Did you know that there are ten different types of turbine flowmeters? Flow Research has published a new study on the worldwide turbine flowmeter market called The World Market for Turbine Flowmeters, 3rd Edition. Check it out!

The World Market for Turbine Flowmeters, 3rd Edition has determined the size of the turbine flowmeter market in 2019 and 2020.and forecast the market through 2024. It examines where growth is and is not occurring in terms of application, industry and geography -- and why. It identifies features end-users are looking for, new developments in turbine flowmeter technology, and the impact of new-technology flowmeters on turbine flowmeter sales.

TurbinemeterOne main purpose of the study was to find out the dollars and units for each of the ten types of turbine meters, both worldwide and by region. We also wanted to determine the effects of the pandemic on the turbine flowmeter market in 2020 and 2021. Forecasts through 2024 are included.

Our study finds that the turbine flowmeter market is alive and well. Although Coriolis, ultrasonic, and magnetic meters have expanded substantially, the turbine meter market has expanded modestly since 2012, when we published our last turbine study. The installed base has remained large enough to encourage substantial development, and suppliers’ technology improvements made turbine meters more reliable and effective.

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Description automatically generatedTurbine flowmeters have remained and will continue to be a viable and popular choice for a variety of applications -- despite intense competition from ultrasonic, multiphase, and other new-technology flowmeters,  Turbine flowmeters excel at measuring clean, steady, medium to high-speed flow of low-viscosity fluids. They offer simplicity, effective turndown ratios, and the capability of customized solutions for various applications.

Turbine meters have a significant cost advantage over ultrasonic and Coriolis meters, especially in larger pipe sizes, although suppliers report increasing difficulty competing with ultrasonic and magnetic flowmeters in large line sizes. The price of turbine meters may also compare favorably to differential pressure (DP) flowmeters, especially in cases where one turbine meter can replace several DP meters. 

Their large installed base is also an advantage. Users who are already familiar with turbine technology and don’t want to spend the extra money required to invest in a new technology are likely to stay with turbine meters.

Did you know? Turbine flowmeters are mainly used to measure the flow of fluids in the following four segments

* Municipal and industrial water
* Municipal and industrial gas
* Petroleum liquids
* Industrial liquids  

Now is the time

Our new edition covers all major turbine flowmeter types: axial, single jet, multi-jet, paddlewheel, Pelton wheel, propeller, Woltman, helical, compound, and fire service. (For a more detailed discussion of the types please visit www.turbineflow.com.) 

The World Market for Turbine Flowmeters, 3rd Edition achieves these goals:

  • Determines the worldwide and regional market shares by turbine flowmeter type
  • Forecasts market growth through 2024 for all of the significant technology types used in this market
  • Provides product shipment data by distribution channel and customer type
  • Determines market shares for the leading suppliers of the turbine flowmeter market
  • Determines average selling prices for turbine flowmeters by region and meter type
  • Identifies the process industries where turbine flowmeters are used, focusing especially on high growth areas
  • Identifies market growth sectors
  • Analyzes products from the main companies selling into the turbine flowmeter market
  • Offers strategies to manufacturers who sell into the turbine flowmeter market
  • Profiles the main turbine flowmeter suppliers 

The ten types of turbine flowmeters

·          · Axial - the most common type of turbine meter; has a rotor that revolves around the axis of flow.

·         · Single and Multi-Jet - single and multi-jet meters have one or more orifices that direct a stream or “jet” of water onto a set of blades, causing them to turn. Single jet meters have only one orifice, while multi-jet meters have multiple orifices that create streams of water.

·         · Paddlewheel - used for measurement of low-speed flows and are similar to a water wheel. A lightweight wheel with flat blades rotates parallel to the direction of flow and spins in proportion to flowrate.

·         · Pelton Wheel - work somewhat like paddlewheel meters but have a single sized rotor with straight blades. Pelton wheel meters are used mainly to measure low viscosity fluids at low flowrates.

·         · Propeller - are bulk meters used mainly to handle dirty liquids. They typically have only a few blades and a rotor that is suspended in the flowstream.

·          · Woltman - also called “bulk” meters, they are used for larger volume water applications. They are quite accurate and have a rotor whose axis is in line with the direction of flow.

·         · Helical - incorporate two helical-shaped blades that are wider or longer than the most other turbine meter blades. They are used to measure the flow of high viscosity oils and other liquids.

·          · Compound - a hybrid meter, incorporating both turbine and positive displacement. They are designed to handle both high and low flowrates.

·          · Fire Service - are used in commercial buildings to handle very high flowrates on occasion, such as using water from a hydrant to fight a fire. Many fire service meters incorporate turbine technology.

For more information on the turbine flowmeter market, including market size, market shares, and company profiles, see our new study The World Market for Turbine Flowmeters, 3rd Edition. Click on the link above to read the Overview.

Growth factors

Five significant factors are contributing to growth in the worldwide turbine flowmeter market:

Mine-Haha2.jpgTurbine flowmeters are used for both liquid fuel and gas measurement. Turbine meters have been used for fuel measurement since the early 1940s, and some of the development at that time was due to the need to find a reliable way to measure fuel use on military planes used in World War II. Soon afterward, turbine meters began to be used in the petroleum industry to measure the flow of hydrocarbons.

The history of using turbine meters to measure gas flow goes back to 1953.  Since 1981, however, when the American Gas Association (AGA) published its first report on measuring fuel gas with turbine meters, the meters have been solidly established in the gas industry as a measurement device, especially for custody transfer applications.

Turbine meters receive industry approvals. Turbine meters are specified by approval bodies -- including the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the AGA, and the International Standards Organization (ISO) in Europe -- for use in custody transfer for utility measurement in residential, commercial, and industrial applications. These approvals have been in place for many years.

The AGA approval of a standard for using turbine flowmeters for
custody transfer of natural gas has been a significant factor in the use of turbine meters for gas applications. However, now turbine meters face competition from ultrasonic meters and Coriolis flowmeters, as well as from differential pressure flowmeters, which are also widely used for natural gas flow measurement. 

Installed base gives turbine meters an edge. One major growth factor for turbine flowmeters is the large installed worldwide base of turbine flowmeters. When companies consider switching from one flowmeter technology to another, there is more than just the purchase price to consider, and users often tend to replace like with like. The investment is more than just the cost of the meter itself -- it also includes the time and money invested in training people how to install and use the meter. In addition, some companies stock spare parts or even spare meters for replacement purposes. The large installed base of turbine flowmeters worldwide will continue to be a source of orders for new meters in the future.

Turbine flowmeters remain a viable choice for steady, medium to high-speed flows. Even though turbine flowmeters are losing ground to new-technology flowmeters in some market segments, they still remain a viable choice for steady, medium to high-speed flows. Turbine meters, which compute flow based on a velocity measurement, excel at measuring clean, steady, medium to high-speed flow of low-viscosity fluids. They will continue to maintain their wide usage for gas flow applications due to a significant cost advantage over ultrasonic meters, especially in the larger pipe sizes -- and their price may also compare favorably to DP flowmeters, especially in cases where one turbine meter can replace several DP meters. 

Suppliers are developing better performing turbine meters. Turbine meter suppliers are making technology improvements to make turbine meters more reliable, especially their moving parts. By making the ball bearings out of more durable material, such as ceramic, turbine suppliers have been able to add significantly to the life of the bearings. This is important, since some customers select new-technology meters over turbine meters because turbine meters have moving parts. 

One supplier has introduced a dual rotor turbine flowmeter that extends the flow range of turbine meters and provides higher measurement accuracy. Dual rotor meters also reduce the effects of swirl on flow measurement. Another supplier has developed a turbine meter that offers bidirectional flow. 

These types of innovations are giving end-users another reason to consider
turbine flowmeters as an option, or to stay with them if they are already using using them. .

Another development under research involves a new sensor design that will potentially reduce the pressure drop involved in turbine flow measurement. It may also provide enhanced accuracy and reduced susceptibility to the presence of particles in the flowstream. While this design is still in the development phase, it has the potential to have a significant impact on the turbine flowmeter market over time.

Please contact us today to learn more about this important study!

Previous studies

The World Market for Turbine Flowmeters, 2nd edition -- Released in 2012

The World Market for Turbine Flowmeters - Released in 2002

Also see: www.TurbineFlow.com


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