Beginner’s Guide To Flow Meter: The Types And How It Works

The concept of measuring things began millennia ago. Ancient people used various tools to help them get the correct measurements of the things they needed to measure. Despite how many years have passed since then, the concept of measuring remains the same. Technology has advanced to the point that every measurement tool, such as a flow meter, is now more accurate than they were thousands of years ago. Plus, most measurement tools, if not all, nowadays are easier to use and understand. If you are unfamiliar with a flow meter, it is a measurement tool used to measure the volume of liquid, gas or mass within a certain period. The flow rate would then be relevant, relating to where and how much flow is occurring within the pipelines. Keep reading to learn more about a flow meter.

Part I: 4 Different Types of Flow Meters

  1. Mechanical Flow Meter
The most used type of flow meter is a mechanical flow meter, which measures how quickly water moves through pipes, drainage systems, etc. The main issue with having a mechanical flow meter is that nobody can use it if something clogs up and stops the water from flowing, which frequently occurs when the water is unclean and contains large particles.
  1. Magnetic Flow Meter
The next type of flow meter is a magnetic flow meter. It has more complex usage since it is used to measure the velocity of conductive liquids in pipes. The conductive liquids can be water, acids, and caustic. When the flow rate of conductive liquids is more than five micro siemens per centimetre (μS/cm), a magnetic flow meter can accurately measure it.
  1. Ultrasonic Flow  Meter
Another type of flow meter is an ultrasonic flow meter. As the name suggests, this measurement tool is involved in measuring the flow through ultrasonic waves of closed pipes. An ultrasonic flow meter in Singapore is most used for gas and fiscal oil measurement. Before anyone can purchase an ultrasonic flow meter, they have to consider various factors such as the amount of pressure, temperature and composition.
  1. Vortex Flow Meter
When it comes to gas, there is a flow meter in Singapore that can measure gas, including low-velocity liquids, regardless of conditions, around a bluff object.

Part II: The Factors To Consider Before Installing A Flow Meter

Once you have determined what kind of flow meter you need, you have to take note of some factors before installing your chosen flow meter.
  • Gas, mass, or liquid flow direction
  • Installed on and between straight pipes.
  • Calibrate the flow meter before use
  • Secure the pipelines to avoid forming bubbles
  • Determine the flow meter orientation before installation
  • Guarantee what you plan to measure is in a single-phase and not a combination of two elements
Contact Ansac Technology at +65 6368 0225 or leave a message on their website if you are interested in learning more about a flow meter. If you can, consider describing what you want as descriptively as possible so they can assist you with ease.