Given that biogas composition may change from time to time, and thermal mass flow meters are calibrated to a specific mixture of methane and carbon dioxide, Sage provides correction factors for the user to apply if there are variations from the original calibration.
Biogas Correction Factors
Sage Metering can calibrate our meters for any digester gas, landﬁll gas, or biogas mix. However, it may be useful to have correction factors for a typical calibration if the gas composition changes. The following correction factors assume that the initial calibration was set up for 60% methane (CH4) and 40% carbon dioxide (CO2):
- 65% CH4 and 35% CO2 – Multiply the reading by 0.982 to correct for a new composition
- 70% CH4 and 30% CO2 – Multiply the reading by 0.965 to adjust for a new composition
- 55% CH4 and 45% CO2 -Multiply the reading by 1.0185 to correct for a new composition
If there are less significant changes than in the above examples, the corrections are linear in between stated cases.
Water vapor correction is also linear between the following examples:
- 100% saturated with H2O vapor (non-condensing) – multiply the readings by 1.042
- 50% saturated with water – multiply the reading by 1.021
Also, mount the sensor 45 degrees to avoid droplets hitting the sensor and causing spikes (see the illustration).
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