Models and Types of Flow Meter

Models and types of flow meter that populated the market is quite varied where types can be adjusted to flow meter's functions and flow meter's applications in the field. These matters are worth noticing to be used as our referrence whenchoosing types of flow meter that suits our needs.

Engineers need to know the model and type of flow meter that is going to be used, with first choosing what model compatible with the production process and the purpose of installation of the flow meter. The model and type of flow meter usually also chose based on the purpose and benefits of the flow meter itself. The selection of the type and type of flow meter is usually adjusted by the type of fluids measured, the environmental conditions, the amount of flow, and the most important is the accuracy of the flow meter readings.

Depends on the flow meter methods, can be divided into some type of flow meter:

1. Ultrasonic Flow Meter

Ultrasonic flow meter is a measurement tool with method of indirect measurement (inferensial), because sensor does not measure the speed of the fluid in the pipe directly, instead it measures different in time of transit (differential transit time), by measuring time of transit of the sound pulse with high-frequency (high-frequency sound pulses) which travels in the pipe with fluid flow. Time of transit or transit time is time needed by sound pulse to travels along the pipe in two direction, in the same direction as the flow and the opposite direction. Difference in time between the two equals with average speed of the fluid flow. Because it measurement based on transit time, this method also called ultrasonic transit time flow meter.

Ultrasonic can be defined as many things. Since  Portable Ultrasonic flow meter became popular, technicians think that flowmeter is a Portable Ultrasonic flowmeter. However, ultrasonic flowmeter is a tool that is needed to measure flow velocity, volume, mass flow from liquids or gases with characteristics which can be moved around. 

There are numerous company that tried to develop this technology to be applied on steam, but so far the application of this tool is still uncommon and very limited. Ultrasonic flow meter so far has been made in various types and applications ranging from transmit time or Doppler as base flow or liquid flow, low anemometer to describe the high cost of natural gas as a housing transfer application. The price for an  ultrasonic flow meter can range from USD 25 to USD 150,000 depending on the application, and there are also hand held ultrasonic flow meters.

Principle of Operation

Basically people will distinguish one technology from two types of measurement techniques but this is not entirely true. An Ultrasonic flowmeter will be categorized into Doppler type (which is used to shift the Doppler principle). Or time transfer equipment in the form of measuring time difference. This difference may have brought a fairly simple reason to easily classify ultrasonic in the industry. If someone learns ultrasonic flowmeter measurement techniques, they will find several technologies that might be wrongly classified.
In this case, Doppler flow meter has Doppler shift which measures using continous wave in constant frequency or variations such as changes happening inside the Doppler shift is measured using vibrations.  

In Ultrasonic flowmeter, transmission from wave that passes the sensor indirectly connected with fluids, is called non-contact type. There can also be missconception or simplification on transit time flowmeter.

Some information classified the new type as “phase shift” and compared to the older type which in starting meter uses “transit time“ and other uses “Correlation transit time“. 

Now a combination of the two transits is now made with ultrasound technology, this makes it possible to know exactly how many functions and calculations of the actual technique.

Ultrasonic Flow meter type is this is quite popular especially for those who want the type of flow meter that can be moved around or in other words it is portable and it is also referred to as a Hand-held flow meter.
Its operations method is quite simple, just clamp it on to the pipe which flow is going to be measured. For the output of the flow meter, while it can only be read on the display, there are also those equipped with printers so that the measurement results can be directly stored as hard copy, and there are also measurement results that can be stored on the memory card in the form of soft copies that can be read directly by the computer using a card reader.  

2. Glass Tube Flow Meter

Glass tube flowmeter type widely used for installment application with vertical system and amount of flow rate can be read directly and immediately. The tube is usually made from excellent glass material, the pyrex glass. The Glass tube flowmeter type often used when pipe does not have horizontal area because this type of flow meter does not need a large area for its installation.
Glass Tube Flow Meter

For its application, Glass tube flowmeter ini can only stand maximum temperature at 120 C. And for this type, maximum pressure is not very high, only around 10 bar. This Glass tube flowmeter type only available for liquid and gas type of fluids. If flow meter with higher working pressure is needed, around 60 bar, metal tube flow meter can be used.


3. Thermal Mass Flow Meters

4. Coriolis Mass Flow Meter

Coriolis mass flow meter is a flow meter that directly measures the mass of fluids both liquid and gas. Sehingga Mass flow meter coriolis cannot be affected by changes in temperature, pressure, viscocity, or even density. Basic method of coriolis flow meter is there is coriolis force produced because the  flow traveling inside the oscillating tube generates vibrations. 

Force produced by the vibrations will be caught by a sensor which then will configures throu coriolis transmitter and produced linear flow. Coriolis flow meter  is highly accurate up to 0.1% and capable to operate in both high temperature and pressure. 

 Coriolis mass flow meter in its application, will not be affected by changes in temperature because of the characteristic of coriolis flow meter the measures mass, so bubbles or air trapped inside the flow will not affect the measurement, because liquid mass measurement will ignore air.

5. Positive Displacement PD Meter

6. Turbine Flow Meter

Turbine Flow meter basically uses the same principal as woltmann rotating vane meter, where vane or turbine or impeller is placed inside the Flow meter. This vane will rotate when fluid flows into the flow meter and make it very accurate when used to measure fluid with slow flow but with really high pressure.

7. Electromagnetic Flowmeter

Magnetic flow meters, in its method, is using Fraday law of electromagnetic induction. Based on this principle, when conductive medium passed magnetic field, voltage is generated. This voltage is s directly proportional to the conductive medium speed, magnetic field density, and conductor length. In Faraday's Law, the three values ​​are multiplied together, together with a constant, to produce the amount of voltage. therefore the liquid measured by an electromagnetic flow meter must be conductive.
Electromagnetic Flowmeter is a type of flow meter that is mostly used out of all types of flowmeter. It is used to measure fluid flow in the form of water or other liquids both corrosive, dirty and mud flow. Because of its considerable usage, most of the flow meter manufacturers have electromagnetic flow meter type.
Electromagnetic Flowmeter is most widely used in water and waste and chemical flow measurement applications. Most of the applications of Electromagnetic flow meter are for industries such as the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, hospitality and waste processing industries, because they have to use flowmeter that meets certain sanitation requirements.

8. Orifice Flow Meter

This type of flow meter, on its method, uses pressure differences, and can be used on both high temperature or high pressure.
Orifice flow meter aside from being used to measure liquid flow and gas; can also be used for steam flow Flow meter is available in various material, from: UPVC, PE, and PP or PTFE which really suitable to be applied on chemical with corrosive characteristic. There is Orifice flowmeter type that are used for heavy/thick material, such as sludge, in WWT process or when measuring gas with high humidity.

9.Thermal Mass Flow meter

10. Variable Area Flowmeter

11.Vortex Flow Meters

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