Microcontroller System for Oil Refinery Parameters Measurements Based on Piezoresistive and Strain Gauge Pressure Sensors


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In oil refinery there is a variety of physical parameters such as pressure, flow rate and level that need to be measured. A microcontroller system is built based on PIC 16F877A, piezoresistive differential pressure DP sensor (24PC series) and strain gauge DP sensor (IDP-10) with ranges from 0 to 15psi. The results of the microcontroller system showed that; the percentage error for piezoresistive sensor in pressure from 0.43808% to 8.613 %, in flow rate from 0.21929% to 20.340%, and in level from 0.43808% to 2.5789%. While the percentage error for strain gauge sensor from 0.846% to 1.946% for pressure measurement, from 0.1% to 0.4% for flow rate measurement and from 0% to 0.64% for level measurement. The percentage error of the piezoresistive sensor is more than the percentage error of the strain gauge sensor: for pressure measurement by about 6.667%, for flow rate measurement by about 19.94% and for level measurement by about 1.9389%. Fuzzy logic is used to predict the output surface of pressure, flow rate, and level measurements.



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Xiong Zhou and Honghua Tan




I. Morsi and L. M. E. D. Rasheed, "Microcontroller System for Oil Refinery Parameters Measurements Based on Piezoresistive and Strain Gauge Pressure Sensors", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 249-250, pp. 1133-1138, 2013

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December 2012




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