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    What are Flumes?

    Flumes are a component used in measuring and controlling the flow of water in open channels. At Tracom, we specialize in providing a variety of fiberglass flumes, each designed to offer unique benefits and applications tailored to specific needs. Our range includes Parshall Flumes, Palmer-Bowlus, Trapezoidal, and several other types, all crafted from high-quality, corrosion-resistant fiberglass. These flumes are not only durable but also ensure precision in water flow management, making them an essential tool for efficient and effective wastewater handling.

    Types of Flumes

    Tracom is renowned for its diverse range of fiberglass flumes, each designed to cater to different aspects of open channel flow management. These flumes, made from high-quality fiberglass reinforced plastics (FRP), are not only durable but also tailored to meet specific requirements in various environments. Let’s explore some of the most popular types of flumes available at Tracom.

    Parshall Flumes: Features and Applications

    Parshall Flumes are among the most widely recognized and used flumes in the industry. Known for their versatility, these flumes are ideal for a range of flow measurement applications. The key feature of Parshall Flumes is their ability to accurately measure flows in open channels, even in conditions with a sub-optimal approach and tailwater effects. This makes them particularly useful in wastewater treatment plants, agricultural irrigation systems, and industrial water usage monitoring. Tracom’s Parshall Flumes are engineered for longevity and ease of maintenance, ensuring reliable performance in various settings.

    Palmer-Bowlus Flumes: Unique Benefits and Usage Scenarios

    The Palmer-Bowlus Flume, another integral offering from Tracom, is designed for scenarios where space and installation conditions are challenging. These flumes are particularly suited for retrofitting into existing pipe systems, making them a popular choice for urban wastewater management systems. The unique design of Palmer-Bowlus Flumes allows for easy installation and minimal disruption to existing infrastructure. Their application is particularly beneficial in municipal sewer systems and industrial effluent measurement, where accurate flow data is crucial for operational efficiency and regulatory compliance.

    Trapezoidal and Other Flumes: Overview of Other Flume Types Offered by Tracom

    In addition to Parshall and Palmer-Bowlus Flumes, Tracom offers a variety of other flume types, including Trapezoidal Flumes. These flumes are designed for applications where sediment and debris are a concern, as their shape facilitates easy passage of solids. Trapezoidal Flumes are often used in agricultural runoff and stormwater monitoring. Tracom’s range also includes specialized flumes like H-type, Cutthroat, RBC, and Montana Flumes, each designed to address specific measurement challenges in diverse environments. This variety ensures that regardless of the unique requirements of a project, Tracom has a flume solution that can be tailored to fit the need.

    Applications of Flumes in Various Industries

    Flumes are integral to various industries, playing a crucial role in managing and measuring water flow. Their applications extend beyond the basic function of water flow measurement, providing essential data and operational efficiency in diverse sectors. Let’s delve into some of the key industries where flumes, particularly those provided by Tracom, are making a significant impact.

    Wastewater Management

    In the realm of wastewater management, flumes are indispensable for ensuring accurate flow measurement and control. They are used extensively in municipal wastewater treatment plants to monitor and regulate the flow of sewage and treated effluent. The precision and durability of Tracom’s fiberglass flumes make them ideal for these environments, where reliability and resistance to corrosive substances are paramount. By providing accurate data, these flumes aid in compliance with environmental regulations and help in the efficient operation of treatment facilities.

    Food Processing Plants

    Food processing plants require meticulous water management for both processing and waste disposal. Flumes play a vital role in measuring the flow of wastewater generated during the food processing cycle. This measurement is crucial for ensuring that the plants adhere to waste disposal regulations and for minimizing their environmental impact. Tracom’s flumes, known for their corrosion resistance and ease of maintenance, are particularly suited for the harsh conditions often found in food processing environments, where a variety of organic materials and cleaning chemicals are present.


    Agriculture is another sector where flumes are extensively used, particularly for irrigation management and monitoring surface water runoff. Accurate water measurement is essential for efficient irrigation, ensuring that crops receive the right amount of water without wastage. Tracom’s flumes are also used in monitoring agricultural runoff, which is crucial for managing the environmental impact of farming activities. The durability and accuracy of these flumes make them an excellent choice for the variable and often challenging conditions found in agricultural settings.

    Learn More About Flumes

    Understanding flumes is essential for anyone involved in water management, as they play a pivotal role in accurately measuring and controlling water flow in various settings. From municipal wastewater treatment to agricultural irrigation, flumes ensure efficient and precise water management. We encourage you to explore our range of fiberglass flumes, each designed with the highest quality and tailored to meet diverse needs. Discover how our flume solutions can enhance your water management projects and contribute to more sustainable and effective practices.