In an open channel flow operation, it’s important that you’re combining the right primary flow management device with the right measurement tool. Fortunately, if you want to take the most accurate readings possible, you can combine a flume with an ultrasonic flow meter.
Ultrasonic flow meters and flumes are the perfect pair when it comes to managing and measuring flow, and combining these tools should help boost your operational success. Here are some of the advantages of combining a flume and an ultrasonic flow meter, as well as a few disadvantages that you should keep in mind.
Benefits of Flow Meters and Flumes
If you’ve been thinking about adding an ultrasonic flow meter to a flume, examining the benefits of each device is a good idea. Let’s start with ultrasonic flow meters. One of the biggest benefits of these flow meters is that they are incredibly easy to install. All you need to do is suspend the meter the correct height above your flow, and you’re done.
Ultrasonic meters are also very low maintenance. Because they don’t actually come in contact with the flow in your system, they aren’t at risk for damage, so your operators will not need to spend time on upkeep. The readings of your flow meter also aren’t impacted by changes in flow temperature, meaning you can use these meters in a variety of circumstances.
The benefit of flumes, as you may know, is that these devices are available in a variety of styles. Whatever your operation’s requirements, you should able to find a flume to fit them. Also, virtually every flume can accommodate a flow meter.
Drawbacks to Consider
Now that you know the variety of benefits of combining a flume and an ultrasonic flow meter, it’s time to examine some of the drawbacks of this pairing. Although the negatives are few, they are considerations when using these devices together.
When it comes to flow meters, the biggest drawback is their vulnerability to certain environmental issues. Wind, for instance, can interfere with a flow meter’s readings, as the device needs to stay in the same position above the flow. Ultrasonic meters can also be impacted by surface turbulence, including foam and waves. Lastly, steam and changes in air temperature can reduce the accuracy of your flow readings.
The primary drawback related to flumes is that they require very specific flow and installation conditions. Flow entering a flume must be subcritical and tranquil, and the flume must be positioned correctly in the channel. The channel leading to the flume must also be straight. If these conditions cannot be met, you won’t get the accuracy you need from your flume.
Purchase a Flume for Your Flow Meter
Combining a flume and an ultrasonic flow meter is beneficial in several ways, and as long as your system offers the right conditions, this pairing will result in highly accurate readings. Shop with Tracom, FRP today so you can get the right flume for your system.
Tracom provides an array of open channel flow tools, and we can help you select a flume that can be easily combined with a flow meter. Contact a representative today.