3 Things You Didn’t Know about the V-Cone
You’ve seen our spec sheets. You’re familiar with our website. But how many fascinating stories of V-Cone® applications have you heard? We’re here to share 3 little known facts about the V-Cone, from our V-Cone Applications Engineering Manager.
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One of the most customizable components of the V-Cone is the material construction; most V-Cones are manufactured from popular metals or more exotic metals, but one little-known fact is that we can manufacture V-Cones out of titanium.
The McCrometer engineers have worked on a handful of titanium V-Cone projects and although the manufacturing is more complicated than other material manufacturing, it’s beneficial to our customers. Machining titanium can produce shavings that ignite, so extra precaution needs to be taken during machining, including the use of high-pressure coolant and specially coated tools to protect the material. Additionally, welding needs to take place in a neutralized environment, such as an argon bubble or other shield gas, as titanium is a reactive metal sensitive to oxygen.
Titanium is beneficial for applications with a highly corrosive fluid or surrounding environment, especially if that application has space and weight concerns. For instance, desalinization or seawater piping systems on floating platforms or ships would require the low-density metal for V-Cone material construction. Titanium is lighter than steel, corrosion-resistant, and long-lasting, a perfect choice for a V-Cone which on average has a lifetime of 25+ years.
Our customers are familiar with our large line size V-Cones (just follow our social media accounts for regular updates!) but not many are aware of our V-Cones of titanic proportion. Manufactured in 2014, our largest spool-piece V-Cone was an epic 78” meter composed of carbon steel and stainless-steel cone measuring propylene gas. Due to its large manufactured size, the meter underwent three non-destructive tests: radiographic testing, physical testing, and hydrostatic testing.
Unique V-Cone Customer Application
V-Cones are popular in a handful of oil and gas applications such as gas lifts, booster stations, enhanced oil recovery, and more – but often we don’t cover the more esoteric applications where the V-Cone can really provide measurement benefits. In an experimental project, a 1” V-Cone was manufactured for installation inside a nuclear reactor adjacent to a fuel source. This stainless-steel meter was a custom length and had multiple custom pressure taps measuring cooling water in a counter-flow heat exchanger.
Part of what makes the V-Cone an ideal meter for cutting-edge projects is the level of customization available; meeting project specs and offering unprecedented durability and accuracy makes the V-Cone an ideal choice for any challenging application.
We limited ourselves to 3 unique facts about the V-Cone that illuminate some exceptional customer success stories, but there are most certainly more. Each engineering professional on the McCrometer team has worked closely with various customer projects, and has their favorite stories of unique meters, challenging projects, and shock-and-awe moments.
If you’re interested in sharing your favorite V-Cone success story, email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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