The Ins and Outs of RBC Flume Maintenance

If you’re looking for an ultra-portable flume that you can use in a variety of outdoor applications, there is no better option than an RBC flume. These flumes are ideal for measuring outdoor flows, such as in watershed monitoring, and can easily be transported between measurement sites.

While RBC flumes are very dependable devices, they will need maintenance from time to time to stay working their best, making it a good idea to check out a few maintenance tips. Here is a brief guide to RBC flume maintenance that you can use to make sure you’re always able to take the accurate measurements that you need.

Inspect the Flume

Although RBC flumes may only be installed for a brief period of time before being moved to a second location, it’s still possible for the flume to experience wear and tear. If you want your device to function optimally for as long as possible, you’ll need to periodically inspect the interior flow surfaces for signs of damage.

For instance, galvanized steel RBC flumes are very susceptible to corrosion on the flow surfaces. If you see corrosion in your flume, you will need to repair it if possible, or possibly replace the flume if the damage is too extensive. If your flume is installed in an earthen channel for an extended period of time, you will need to make sure that algae or other biological items are not growing on the flume surface. If they are, clean the flume of this growth.

Maintaining the Flow Channel

As with any flume, one of the most important parts of RBC flume maintenance is guaranteeing the quality of the flow channel. This is particularly important in earthen channels, which can be damaged much more easily than channels in industrial operations.

Your most important task in maintaining your flow channel is to make sure that there isn’t any debris upstream or downstream of the RBC flume. Plant growth upstream of the flume may prevent flow from entering the flume with the proper profile, and if there’s anything downstream of the flume, it can prevent flow from freely discharging, which may eventually cause submergence.

The longer your RBC flume is installed, the more concerned you should be with flow bypass and downstream scouring. Periodically check the placement of the flume to make sure there is no flow escaping around the sides, and examine the downstream channel to see if it is eroding and causing your flume to move out of its proper position. By regularly checking the installation channel, you should be able to catch any problems early that may interfere with the functioning of your flume.

Find Your RBC Flume

By following a few tips for RBC flume maintenance, ensuring that your flume performs the way that it should will be a breeze. The next time that you need to purchase an RBC flume, make sure to shop with Tracom, FRP, the fiberglass flume leaders. Our catalog is filled with top-notch flumes in varying styles, including the highly portable RBC flume. Request a quote for one of our flumes today or get help with choosing your flow management device from one of our representatives.

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