When it comes to open channel flow management devices, there’s almost no beating an H-flume. You can install an H-flume in any number of applications and know that you’ll get accurate readings that lead to consistent success.
If you’re interested in using an H-flume in your operation, then you want to be sure that you’re able to make this most of this device, which is why it’s important to understand how to properly install and maintain your flume. Here are some basic tips for H-flume installation and maintenance that you need to know if you want to use this flume in your open channel flow operation.
How to Install an H-Flume
After you’ve purchased your H-flume, it’s time to start planning installation. While there are several important factors to keep in mind when installing your flume, this task isn’t as difficult as you might believe. As long as you follow the right steps, you’ll be able to install your H-flume quickly and effectively.
First, you need to make sure that you set your H-flume in the center of the flow stream and that the device is oriented correctly, with the flume’s narrow opening pointed downstream. Once the flume is in its correct position, you should brace the flume so that it won’t shift or float out of place.
Second, be certain that the flume floor is at the correct height. If the floor is too low, submergence could occur, and while submerged conditions won’t prevent your flume from working, they will make it much harder for your operators to take accurate measurements.
Lastly, check to see if open channel flow conditions exist. There should be nothing interfering with the flow entering and exiting your flume.
Keeping Your Flume Working
Once you’ve completed H-flume installation, your flow management device should be up and running without a hitch. To keep it that way, you’ll need to perform a few important regular maintenance tasks.
Periodic inspections of the flow channel, the flow itself and the flume are the best way to keep your device working correctly. When you inspect the channel, make sure that there is nothing in the upstream portion that could interfere with the flow, including vegetative growth and other natural debris such as dirt, sticks and rocks. Check the downstream portion of the channel for signs of scouring.
Flow inspection involves making sure that the flow has the right characteristics. As the flow enters your flume, it should be tranquil and at a subcritical velocity. If the flow is too fast or turbulent, you’ll need to add a flow conditioner to your flume. Finally, you should frequently inspect your flume for signs of damage. Keep the surfaces inside of your flume free from any kind of buildup, and look for corrosion if you’re using a metal H-flume.
Get Your H-Flume Today
Before you can get started with H-flume installation, you need to purchase a flume, and Tracom, FRP offers the best flumes available on the market today. Our flumes are made from durable fiberglass, which is resistant to corrosion and other forms of damage so they will last longer and work the way you need. Contact Tracom today to get an H-flume quote.