Flow Research presents a new set of three market studies on the
worldwide ultrasonic flowmeter market.
These studies determine the size of the ultrasonic flowmeter market
in 2019 and 2020 forecast its market size through 2024.
The three studies are called:
Core Study: The World Market for
Ultrasonic Flowmeters, 6th Edition
Module A: The World Market
for Inline Ultrasonic Flowmeters
Module B: The
World Market for Clamp-on and Insertion Ultrasonic Flowmeters
forest and the trees with our three studies:
This is the sixth edition of this study, which was previously published in
2001, 2003, 2008, 2012, and 2017. This study series includes three
components that, together, cover the entire scope of the ultrasonic
flowmeter market but can also function as standalones. The new studies
build on the knowledge gained over the years since our last full treatment
of the subject but will also represent a completely fresh look at the
three separate modules for the ultrasonic study has proved to be very
enlightening. For example,
multipath inline ultrasonic flowmeters are especially important in the
fast-growing market for custody transfer of natural gas.
This ultrasonic technology type is highlighted here in Module
A, and it is analyzed in terms of dollar and unit shipments
worldwide and by region, as well as by average selling prices worldwide and
Study of the Ultrasonic series analyzes the world market for all types of
ultrasonic flowmeters. It includes 2019 and 2020 market size, provides
in-depth segmentation of the market by various product and geographic
categories, provides detailed market growth projections through 2024, and
includes 2019 market shares. It also includes a technology analysis,
profiles of significant supplier companies, and provides detailed market
strategies for suppliers. The studies also take account of the effects
of the pandemic with 2020 numbers.
Module A –
The inline market is quite different from the clamp-on and
insertion markets. This applies
to applications, industries, price points, and many other factors.
By isolating the inline (spoolpiece) market from the clamp-on and
insertion markets, a much more compelling and informative analysis results
study, Module A of the ultrasonic series, analyzes the world market
for inline ultrasonic flowmeters.
It includes a technology analysis, 2019 and 2020 market size data,
and provides in-depth segmentation of the market by various product and
geographic categories. It also
includes detailed market growth projections through 2024 for all types of
inline ultrasonic flowmeters. Detailed
market strategies are provided for suppliers.
Module B – Clamp-on and Insertion
This study, Module B of the
ultrasonic series, analyzes the world markets for clamp-on and for insertion ultrasonic flowmeters, with a
dedicated chapter for each. This
study covers 2019 and 2020 market size with detailed segmentation and
forecasts through 2024. It
includes technology analysis, 2019 market shares of major suppliers,
average selling prices, supplier profiles, product analyses, and
discussions of market circumstances and growth factors.
Detailed market strategies are provided for suppliers.
Module B: The World
Market for Clamp-On and Insertion Ultrasonic Flowmeters, contains its own set of segmentation
designed to provide a comprehensive view of these two members of ultrasonic
flowmeter technology and its markets. There
is segmentation to address the unique qualities of these two ultrasonic
flowmeter designs. The study
segmentations specific to clamp-on and to insertion design types are
and insertion ultrasonic flowmeters have established their own set of
advantages within the flow measurement market.
Clamp-on devices are highly versatile in that they can be installed
in either a portable or fixed manner, making them ideal choices for
economical meter upgrades, as check meters, and a host of other
ultrasonic flowmeters are suitable for use with gas, liquid, and steam
flows. Insertion devices permit
users to obtain the benefits of ultrasonic technology in virtually any line
A and B Together
modules analyze the inline, clamp-on, and insertion markets individually,
enabling us to separate out unit price and unit quantity data for each
technology, and to provide a distinctive analysis for each of these three
fundamentally different ultrasonic flowmeter types.
Together these three studies enable you to see both the forest
and the trees when it comes to the ultrasonic flowmeter market. Flow
Research stands alone in providing such a comprehensive analysis of the
worldwide ultrasonic flowmeter market.
Background of technology
flowmeters have been gaining acceptance over the last decade as end users
come to understand and appreciate the technology -- although some are just
now discovering the advantages and potential of ultrasonic flow
ultrasonic flowmeter market is still a relatively new technology. Tokyo
Keiki first introduced ultrasonic flowmeters to commercial markets in Japan
in 1963. In 1972, Controlotron introduced the first clamp-on ultrasonic
flowmeter to the United States. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Doppler
flowmeters began to be used.
ultrasonic flowmeters were not well understood at first, they were often
misapplied. As a result, many users got a bad impression of the meters
during this time. It was not until the 1990s that ultrasonic flowmeters
began to be widely used for industrial applications.
expanding market for gas flow measurement is one of the major reasons for
strong projected growth in the ultrasonic flowmeter market. Energy,
including energy conservation, and other markets have the potential to
create even more demand, particularly as the technology improves to enable
flowmeters feature high accuracy, high reliability, high turndown ratios,
long service life, low maintenance, relatively low cost, valuable
diagnostics, no moving parts, and redundancy capabilities. Clamp-on
ultrasonic flowmeters, in particular, can offer redundancy by providing an
easy check of an inline meter. In addition to the traditional
advantages, suppliers are significantly improving accuracy, sensitivity,
flowmeters have a distinct advantage over other flowmeters:
- Unlike Coriolis meters, ultrasonic flowmeters
do very well in large pipe sizes.
- In large-size, natural gas pipeline
applications, ultrasonic flowmeters have the advantage over turbine and
differential pressure (DP) flowmeters of being highly accurate,
non-intrusive, and highly reliable over time, with no moving parts to
wear. They also have an advantage over DP flowmeters in that they are
largely non-intrusive, with the exception of insertion types.
flowmeters have an advantage over magnetic flowmeters in that they can
be used to measure the flow of nonconductive liquids, gases, and steam.
- Ultrasonic flowmeters have an advantage over
vortex flowmeters in that they can meter low flows better than vortex
sweetening the pot is the fact that average ultrasonic prices are holding
their own or even declining. In
comparison, the average price for Coriolis flowmeters has had upward
pressure due to the recent introductions of large-line size models in the
12”-16” diameter range.
A range of
flowmeters are used in upstream applications for allocation metering, for
measuring gas and oil from test and production separators, for check
metering, and for other applications. A major use of ultrasonic flowmeters
is in the midstream segment for custody transfer of natural gas.
the single most important factor in the recent growth of ultrasonic
flowmeters in the past 23 years has been the rapid growth in the market for
multipath ultrasonic meters for custody transfer of natural gas. Multipath
ultrasonic meters have three or more paths. The benefit of having multiple
paths is that flow is measured at more points in the flowstream. This
enhances the accuracy of the measurement. In 1998, the
American Gas Association (AGA) approved the use of ultrasonic flowmeters
for custody transfer applications. Since that time, suppliers have
researched multipath meters and brought out new products.
flowmeters are also being more widely used to measure process gas and flare
gas. Insertion meters are used to measure flare gas in stacks, and
ultrasonic flowmeters are used
more widely in the chemical and refining industries.
areas, the increased use of battery power supplies opens up additional
opportunities for ultrasonic flowmeters in the water and irrigation
industries as well as other applications. Battery powered flowmeters offer
low energy consumption independent of the main power grid and can help
reduce prices on the worldwide market.
How they work
There are two
main types of ultrasonic flowmeters:
time ultrasonic flowmeters has both a sender and a receiver. It
sends two ultrasonic signals across a pipe at an angle: one with the flow,
and one against the flow. The meter then measures the “transit
time” of each signal. When the ultrasonic signal travels with
the flow, it travels faster than when it travels against the flow. The
difference between the two transit times is proportional to flowrate.
ultrasonic flowmeters are distinguished according to the number of
“paths” they have. A path is simply the path or track of the ultrasonic
pulse as it travels across the pipe and back again. Many ultrasonic
flowmeters are single or dual path, meaning that they send either one or
two signals across a pipe and back. Typically, there are two transducers
for each path; one is a sender and one is a receiver.
Doppler flowmeters also send an ultrasonic signal
across a pipe. Instead of tracking the time the signal takes to cross
to the other side, a Doppler flowmeter relies on having the signal
deflected by particles in the flowstream. These particles are
traveling at the same speed as the flow. As the signal passes through the
stream, its frequency shifts in proportion to the mean velocity of the
fluid. A receiver detects the reflected signal and measures its frequency.
The meter calculates flow by comparing the generated and detected
frequencies. Doppler ultrasonic flowmeters are used with dirty liquids or
slurries. They are not used to measure gas flow.
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