A method of mass flow control of fuel gas to a gas turbine has been developed and applied in control retrofits to existing gas turbines. Unlike other gas flow control systems in use on gas turbines this system actually measures the mass flow going into the turbine combustion system and uses this value as the feedback in a control loop to modulate a single throttling control valve.
The system utilizes a common venturi flow element to develop a differential pressure which, along with inlet pressure and temperature, is used to compute the mass flow. Locating this flow element downstream of the control valve where the pressure is low at low flows reduces the usual problem of the wide range of delta-pressure (proportional to the square of the mass flow) to a workable level. This extends the range of this common type of flow measurement system enough that it becomes practical to apply it to the gas fuel flow control loop of a gas turbine.