from the Error / Accuracy department...
Calculating calibration error and accuracy of gas or oil valve
 Posted by David on 26 July, 2012 - 11:32 am
How to calculate calibration error & accuracy of device? What is allowable tolerance? Interested in knowing about gas valve/oil valve & IGV - servo operated. Do we need consider error w.r.to demand or feedback? Valve stroke length ?

1 out of 1 members thought this post was helpful...
 Posted by CSA on 26 July, 2012 - 12:44 pm
If you are referring to the servo-operated fuel control valves and IGVs used on GE-design heavy duty gas turbines, calibration of LVDT feedback should ALWAYS be done with respect to actual, measured position of the device. One is not calibrating the valve or the servo; one is calibrating the position feedback from the LVDTs, which should be as close as possible to the actual position.

How close is "as close as possible"? For GE-design heavy duty gas turbine applications, it should be possible to calibrate fuel control valve LVDT feedback to within 0.5-1.0% of actual position very easily. For the IGVs, it should be possible to calibrate the LVDT feedback to within 0.5 degree of actual position.

When calibrating LVDT feedback, the most important factor is to make sure the feedback accurately reflects the actual position. Once that's done, the feedback is most always very nearly equal to the "demand" (reference; setpoint). If it's not, there can be several issues, including incorrect servo polarity (which should be verified before any LVDT calibration), or incorrect servo current null bias, or incorrect servo gain. But, an acceptable difference between "demand" and feedback (reference and actual) once the LVDT feedback is accurate with respect to actual position is also about 0.5-1.0% for fuel valves, and about 0.25-0.50 degree for IGVs. But, again, this is only after the LVDT feedback is verified to be as accurate as possible with respect to actual device position.

There have been MANY threads on control.com about LVDT calibration. Use the 'Search' function at the far right of the Menu bar at the top of every control.com page.

If you're referring to some other application (other than a GE-design heavy duty gas turbine), disregard all of the above.

 Posted by David on 27 July, 2012 - 11:45 pm
Thank you CSA

Your use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions set forth under Legal Notices and the Privacy Policy. Please read those terms and conditions carefully. Subject to the rights expressly reserved to others under Legal Notices, the content of this site and the compilation thereof is © 1999-2013 Nerds in Control, LLC. All rights reserved.

Users of this site are benefiting from open source technologies, including PHP, MySQL and Apache. Be happy.

Fortune
The cow is nothing but a machine with makes grass fit for us people to
eat.
-- John McNulty
Help keep our servers running...