What’s the Right Tool for Measuring Flows at High Temperatures?

In most water management systems, the temperature of your flow should be relatively normal and won’t need to be taken into account when choosing a measurement and management tool. However, there are certain circumstances where flow can be high temperature, which means you’ll need to handle a flow measurement tool that won’t be damaged by high temperature flows.

Fortunately, with the right information in hand, you can pick a tool that will stand up to tough temperatures and give you the accurate flow readings that you need. Read about measuring high temperature flow and find out what tools you should consider for handling this important water management job.

High Temperature Flows You Might Need to Measure

Before examining the right tools for measuring high temperature flow, it can be a good idea to learn about some of the situations where high temperature flow occurs.

The most common situation where you might need to measure high temperature flow is with hot springs. Governmental agencies must measure the amount of flow coming from hot springs, which means a flow measurement tool will be needed that can withstand the high geothermal temperatures.

Another area where high temperature flows can occur is in industrial situations. Industrial flow is often much hotter than standard water flows, and if you work in an industrial facility, you need to make sure to get a durable flow measurement tool.

Measuring Different Flow Types

The tool that you will choose to measure your high temperature flow will largely depend on what type of flow you experience, constant flow or free-spilling. However, in both situations, the best idea is to use some sort of flume.

If your high temperature flow is constant, as is the case with many hot springs, then you would most likely use a Parshall flume. Parshall flumes are the most common, popular flume types available, and can easily handle your constant high temperature flow.

Under free-spilling conditions, a Montana flume is a better choice. A Montana flume is a modified Parshall flume that has removed the extended throat, making it more suitable for free-spilling conditions.

Examine Temperature Levels

Once you’ve identified the right measurement tool for your flow conditions, you need to take a moment to consider the exact temperature of your flow. Knowing your flow temperature will tell you what material your flow management equipment should be constructed from.

If the temperature of your flow is 100° Fahrenheit or below, then you should choose fiberglass equipment. Fiberglass is lightweight, very strong and can handle most high temperature flows. However, if your flow will be consistently over 120°, then you should consider stainless steel, which is more resistant to extremely high temperatures than fiberglass.

Get the Right Tools for Measuring High Temperature Flow

Although it takes a little more consideration than with standard flow measurements, measuring flows at high temperatures is not as difficult a task as you might imagine. If you would like assistance choosing the right tools for measuring high temperature flow, then your best choice is to consult the professionals at Tracom, FRP.

Tracom water management products are some of the best that you’ll find, constructed from high-quality fiberglass that can hold up under the toughest situations. Learn how we can help you measure your high temperature flows. Contact us today!

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