Conference article

Modeling of the Flow Comparator Prototype as New Primary Standard for High Pressure Natural Gas Flow Metering

Sukhwinder Singh
Institute for Engineering Thermodynamics, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany

Gerhard Schmitz
Institute for Engineering Thermodynamics, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany

Bodo Mickan
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig, Germany

Download article

Published in: Proceedings of the 13th International Modelica Conference, Regensburg, Germany, March 4–6, 2019

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 157:69, p. 8

Show more +

Published: 2019-02-01

ISBN: 978-91-7685-122-7

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


The German national metrological institute, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, is developing a new concept for volumetric primary standard to calibrate high pressure gas flow meters. The TUHH is supporting these R&D activities with its competence to elaborate computational models for detailed analysis of complex mechanical systems including fluid flow aspects. The new primary standard is based on a actively driven piston prover to measure the gas flow rate using the time the piston needs to displace a defined enclosed volume of gas in a cylinder.

A computational model written in Modelica R is developeto investigate the Flow Comparator’s dynamic behavior. Validation of the model shows good compliance of the piston velocity and differential pressure at the piston in the model with measured data. With this model the control voltage trajectory can be optimized to increase the available measuring time and it allows to gather detailed information about pressure and temperature development at arbitrary chosen locations in the system with high time resolution.


modeling of multi-domain physical systems, flow comparator, high pressure natural gas flow metering, linear motor, optimization


No references available

Citations in Crossref