Industrial process control systems – Part 2: Methods of evaluating the performance of intelligent valve positioners with pneumatic outputs mounted on an actuator valve assembly
|Publication Date:||1 June 2013|
|ICS Code (Valves):||23.060|
|ICS Code (Industrial process measurement and control):||25.040.40|
This part of IEC 61514 specifies design reviews and tests intended to measure and determine the static and dynamic performance, the degree of intelligence and the communication capabilities of single-acting or double-acting intelligent valve positioners. The tests may be applied to positioners which receive standard analogue electrical input signals (as specified in IEC 60381) and/or digital signals via a data communication link and have a pneumatic output. An intelligent valve positioner as defined in Clause 3 is an instrument that uses for performing its functions digital techniques for data processing, decision-making and bi-directional communication. It may be equipped with additional sensors and additional functionality supporting the main function.
The performance testing of an intelligent valve positioner needs to be conducted with the positioner mounted on and connected to the actuator/valve assembly the positioner is to be used on. The specific characteristic parameters of these combinations such as size, stroke, friction (hysteresis), type of packing, spring package and supply pressure for the pneumatic part, should be carefully chosen and reported, since the performance of a positioner is greatly dependent on the used actuator.
The methods of evaluation given in this standard are intended for testing laboratories to verify equipment performance specifications. The manufacturers of intelligent positioners are urged to apply this standard at an early stage of development.
This standard is intended to provide guidance for designing evaluations of intelligent valve positioners by providing:
- a checklist for reviewing their hardware and software design in a structured way;
- test methods for measuring and qualifying their performance under various environmental and operational conditions;
- methods for reporting the data obtained.
When a full evaluation, in accordance with this standard, is not required or possible, the tests which are required should be performed and the results should be reported in accordance with the relevant parts of this standard. In such cases, the test report should state that it does not cover the full number of tests specified herein. Furthermore, the items omitted should be mentioned, to give the reader of the report a clear overview.
The standard is also applicable for non-intelligent