Foundation Flow Center of Excellence "Xcaliber" flow meter calibration facility VSL CMC certified LF2018.01.0013
Eight years ago, Flow Center of Excellence (FCoE) started the operations of the XCaliber flow loop, offering a platform to support and facilitate industry and education. One of the services offered is the calibration and testing of liquid flow meters. The facility is located in the Duurzaamheidsfabriek (Factory for Sustainability) in Dordrecht, The Netherlands and can calibrate liquid flow meters with a maximum diameter of 4 inch and with flow rates up to 200 m3/h. This makes it possible to simulate customers field conditions at which these flow meters work.
For every calibration facility it is important to be traceable to the international system of units (SI) and to know the measurement uncertainty of the calibration performed. To realize this FCoE joined the VSL CMC Certification program for their facility. Part of the project was the calibration of the two master meters by VSL. As a result, the measurement uncertainty of the XCaliber facility is determined to be equal to or better than 0.15%. CMC stands for Calibration and Measurement Capability or easier the best achievable measurement uncertainty under normal operating conditions.
During a small ceremony held at the Duurzaamheidsfabriek the VSL CMC Certificate was handed over officially by VSL managing director Fabienne van Booma - de Smit to Huub Kleinrouweler, managing director of FCoE.
The VSL CMC Certification project was a collaboration to optimize part of the XCaliber to be able to calibrate flow meters for customers of Flow Center of Excellence. VSL calculated the measurement uncertainty (CMC) that can be achieved by this facility. During tests the values were validated and showed excellent repeatability.