When you run a flow management operation, the key to your success is taking consistently accurate measurements. In addition to choosing the right flow management device, such as a flume or a weir, you must pick the right measurement device, of which there are many options.
Flow measurement devices range from low to high tech, meaning there is an option that fits the need of almost every operation. Learning about a few of these tools will help you choose the device that’s right for you. Here are a few of the best tools for flow measurement that you should consider for the specific needs of your flow management operation.
Ultrasonic Flow Meters
One of the best tools you could choose for your operation is an ultrasonic flow meter. These devices are extremely affordable and provide extremely accurate readings, which is why they are a consistently popular choice for flow management operations across the country.
Ultrasonic meters work by sending a pulse at the surface of your flow and then reading the rebounding signal, measuring both the depth and rate of your flow. These meters can be solar, battery, or line powered, and provide versatile installation solutions.
The drawback of this tool is that it can suffer interference from turbulence, steam, and wind, meaning they should only be used in calm situations.
Another popular choice for a flow measurement device is called a bubbler. This tool is up to four times more accurate than an ultrasonic flow meter, making it a good choice for low flow operations, where taking accurate readings can be extremely difficult. These tools self-calibrate, making them much easier for your operators, and they are not affected by foam or turbulence like an ultrasonic flow meter.
The disadvantage of a bubbler is that it has a moving part, an air compressor. This means that there are some maintenance needs with a bubbler that you would not experience with other measurement devices. Additionally, bubblers can easily become clogged with dirt, grease, or other forms of solid debris. Your operators will need to periodically check the bubbler to make sure that it isn’t clogged and is working properly.
If you’re interested in a simpler measurement device, you should consider a staff gauge. The gauges are very similar in appearance to a ruler, and will be mounted to the side of your primary flow management device. As long as the gauge is clear and easily visible, you should be able to take the accurate readings on which your operation depends.
The drawback of this device is the chance for operator error. If your operator is not familiar with the correct flow equations, their readings may be inaccurate and your success may be threatened.
Purchase Tools for Flow Measurements
Now that you know about a few of the best tools for flow measurement, you can pick the option that fits your operation, and if you’re ready to start shopping for the measurement and management tools that you want and need, your best resource is Tracom, FRP.
Tracom offers an array of fiberglass flow management tools that will fit perfectly in your operation, making your day to day tasks quick and easy. Contact us today for more information.