Common Applications for Ultrasonic Flow Meters
Davis Instrument's range of doppler and transit-time flowmeters offer process contamination free measurement of liquids and gas flow. A typical ultrasonic flow meter will consist of a transducer that is mounted on to the exterior of the pipe and an indicator or totalizer to display the output. This can easily be installed without disturbing existing pipe work. Most ultrasonic flow meters will work with pipe sizes between 1/2 " and 200 " diameter. There are two main types of ultrasonic flow meters, doppler flow meters and time transit ultrasonic flow meters.
A doppler flow meter requires particulates or bubbles in the media. The minimum diameter size of the particulate is typically 30 microns and requires a minimum concentration levels of 25 ppm. Since some meters may require slightly larger concentrations of particulate, it is a good idea to check the specifications table. Doppler flow meters are mainly used for liquid applications (roughly 88%) while the rest are used for gas (11%) and steam (1%) applications.
A time transit ultrasonic flow meter requires a clean liquid without particulates or bubbles and can be used for both liquid and gas applications. It has better accuracy than that of a doppler flow meter and will typically offer accuracies of 2% full scale.
Why Use an Ultrasonic Flow Meter
Limitations of Ultrasonic Flow Meters
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