Monitoring & Control of Fuel Usage in Engines & Power Generation Systems

 Posted on 5th July 2011

Due to recent oil price increases, icenta has seen a growth in demand for instrumentation aimed at flow monitoring and control of fuel usage, particularly in engines and power generation systems.

Typical fuel related applications include:

– Provision of accurate fuel usage data for consumption monitoring, refuelling and billing purposes
– Highlighting poor engine performance with increases in normal fuel consumption
– Identifying possible fuel leaks and theft by comparison of fill-up records with total fuel usage
– Cumulative fuel totaliser can be used for determining engine service intervals
– Pinpointing optimal engine speed under any load or operating condition
– Optimising control and refuelling services by means of fuel consumption data logging with remote telemetry

In response, icenta can offer a range of instrumentation and control solutions for monitoring fuel usage through flow rate and tank level measurement.

Compact flow sensors with simple, robust construction

Fuel flow meter options include:

Flowmate series of oval gear flow meters
– Compact flow sensors with simple, robust construction
– Built in pulse signal generator for remote control and instantaneous net fuel usage
– Cost-effective yet accurate solution for low flow ranges up to 500 l/hr
– Standard aluminium units for diesel; stainless steel version for biofuels
– Manufactured by OVAL Corporation of Japan, specialists in flow measurement for over 60 years
– Successful applications include fuel consumption monitoring, diesel metering in fuel injection testing equipment, fuel cell research and leakage monitoring of aviation components
– Can be interfaced with a data logger or acquisition system for recording fuel usage

KRAL volumeter OME series of high accuracy, economy flow meters
Р Excellent accuracy over a wide range of flows
– Optional temperature compensation for optimised accuracy
– Follows any rapid fluctuations in the flow causes by pulsations
– OMIL approval for custody transfer

Fuel tank level measurement options include:

EchoPod series of non-contact ultrasonic level sensors

– Combines switch, control and measurement capabilities in one package, providing a total solution for level control whilst minimising tank system hardware
– Automatic temperature compensation, high accuracy, no moving or exposed parts and low maintenance
– Compact design allows for installation where there are limited mounting options and space
– Four internal programmable relays, a 4-20mA analog output and pump/valve control in a single sensor
– Rugged PVDF transducer and polycarbonate enclosure for corrosive, dirty or hazardous applications

To find out more about our solutions for monitoring fuel usage or to discuss your application, please contact icenta Controls Ltd, tel: 01722 741890 email:

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