Flow Monitoring Articles

  • New Developments in Thermal Dispersion Mass Flow Meters

    Introduction This paper describes a newly developed microprocessor-based thermal dispersion mass flow meter that uses four temperature sensing elements in its flow sensor instead of the traditional two elements and automatically manages changes in gas selection, gas temperature, gas pressure, and outside temperature. This new mass flow meter is ideally suited for apportionment applications ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • In-Situ Calibration - Methods & Pitfalls of Thermal Mass Flow Meter Sensor Field Validation

    Introduction Mid-to-large size facilities and campuses inevitably have hundreds of ¬ ow instruments to monitor, maintain, and repair. For a reliability engineer, ensuring that all instrumentation meets ISO 9000 or similar standards is a time-consuming responsibility. These standards mandate that precision instrumentation needs to be checked (validated) or recalibrated as often as once a ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Newest and Best Update for DG-1000 Available Now!

    We are extremely pleased to announce the latest update to the DG-1000 Pressure and Flow Gauge and it is available now.  After each of the previous updates we heard from customers about features they would like to see in the DG-1000 as well as improvements of existing features.  In this release we have made the most significant upgrades to the DG-1000 since it was first introduced.  ...

  • The Reasons and Measures of Ball Mill Low Grinding Efficiency

    With the continuous improvement of mechanization level in China, ball mill also develops to the trend of large-scale. But after the large-scale, coupled with ball mill equipment structure, process configuration, and other factors, resulting in production cost increased, grinding efficiency decreased. Next Fote machinery (ftmmachine.com) will analyze the reasons for ...


  • How an Ultrasonic Flow Meter Works

    An ultrasonic flow meter utilizes ultrasound to measure the velocity of a fluid and is used in a variety of fluid applications. Ultrasonic flowmeters are ideal for water and other liquids. Clamp-on ultrasonic flow meters achieve high accuracy at low and high flows, save time with no pipe cutting or process shutdown, and are not affected by external noise. Here’s how ultrasonic flow ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • A Dutch first in the polder - Water Board Zuiderzeeland measures flow rates to achieve sustainability

    The Dutch province of Flevoland lies metres below sea-level. That’s why rain and seepage need to be removed from the polder, some 6 metres up. And that’s the reason Flevoland is drained continuously by seven huge pumping stations. The quantity of energy involved in this is as great as the energy consumption of 4,000 households. Water Board Zuiderzeeland has launched the ‘Energy ...


    By Eijkelkamp Soil & Water

  • How Does a Water Flow Meter Work?

    A water flow meter is a device that measures the amount of water flowing through a pipe. There are several water flow meter technologies to choose from depending on the water measurement application, maintenance requirements, and budgetary terms.  Each of these types of water flow meters has a unique principle of operation, specific application benefits, and overall ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • How Does a Water Flow Meter Work?

    A flow meter works by measuring the amount of a gas, liquid or steam that passes through or around the flow meter sensors. While flow meter sensors work in many different ways, the end goal is the same: Deliver the most accurate and repeatable flow measurements for the specific application, whether for general research, process control or semiconductor processing. Flow meters measure either mass ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Preventable Mistakes with Vortex Flow Meters

    Vortex flow meter technology is an ideal technology for many applications particularly saturated and supersaturated steam, volumetric water applications as well as flow energy management (natural gas, compressed air, steam, water) in facilities and large campuses. In some of these applications, vortex installations can be tricky and take flow expertise for the most successful installations. Kam ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Flow Measurement in the Cold

    Measuring flow can be a very delicate process depending on the needs of your operation. For instance, measuring flow in cold weather locations is an extremely difficult task. When outdoor temperatures are near or below freezing, it makes it nearly impossible to measure flow as you would in normal circumstances, meaning you must find alternative solutions so that your operation continues to have ...


    By TRACOM Inc.

  • How Does a Water Flow Meter Work?

    A water flow meter works by measuring the amount of water that passes though the flow meter. The most common mechanical types work by measuring the speed of flowing water that causes a turbine or piston to rotate. The volumetric flow rate of the water is proportional to the rotational speed. Other water flow meters include ultrasonic, magnetic and vortex flow meters. The best type of water flow ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • How Does a Thermal Flowmeter Work?

    A thermal flowmeter works by measuring the total mass flow rate of a fluid flowing through a pipe or duct. In a thermal flowmeter’s simplest working configuration, fluid flows past a heated thermal sensor and a temperature sensor. As the molecules of the fluid flow past the heated thermal sensor, heat is lost to the flowing fluid. The thermal sensor cools down while the temperature sensor ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • VIDEO: Mass Flow Meters for Power Plant Applications

    Generating electricity in a natural gas power plant is a complex process due to the multiple steps involved with the different types of fluids being used and optimized. Dr. John Olin, Founder of Sierra Instruments, explains how thermal mass flow meters, vortex flow meters, and ultrasonic flow meters can improve the flow energy management in power plant ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • The Function of an Ultrasonic Flow Meter

    Running a water management operation requires taking a wide range of measurements. In addition to measuring the flow in your system, many systems must measure the water level of their channel, and one of the best tools for accomplishing this goal is an ultrasonic flow meter. ...


    By TRACOM Inc.

  • Open Channel Flow Monitors retired after 16 years continuous service - Case Study

    Long Sault WWTP Influent Flow Monitors Greyline Open Channel Flow Monitors were installed at the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Long Sault, Ontario when the SBR plant was originally commissioned in 1995. But after 16 years of continuous service, components for the old models became obsolete. Plant operators Caneau Water and Sewage Inc. decided to replace the instruments and new Greyline OCF ...


    By Greyline Instruments Inc.

  • Thurston County comments on Greyline Area-Velocity Flowmeters - Case Study

    We have been using Greyline products at Thurston County, Washington for approximately seven years. We use both the Stingray portable flow meters and the permanent Area Velocity Flow Meter (AVFM II) in multiple stormwater applications. We have used these meters to measure stormwater flows to help our design engineers develop flow capacity for stormwater projects. We have deployed the Stingrays at ...


    By Greyline Instruments Inc.

  • Area-Velocity Flowmeter Installations in Denmark - Case Study

    Area-Velocity Flow Meters are designed to monitor flow rates in partially filled pipes and open channels without flumes or weirs. A sealed ultrasonic sensor is mounted on the bottom of the pipe or channel and connected to electronics through a watertight cable. The sensor measures both level and velocity and when calibrated with the pipe diameter or channel dimensions, the Greyline AVFM ...


    By Greyline Instruments Inc.

  • Solution for Submerged Flow Monitoring in Raymond Irrigation District - Case Study

    Raymond Irrigation District (RID) measures the flow rate of water delivered to over 46,000 acres of irrigated land and 300 municipal and agricultural water users in Southern Alberta, Canada. ...


    By Greyline Instruments Inc.

  • Now Measure All Flow Energy in Your Facility - One Solution - Three Metering Technologies

    Facilities managers at large facilities often have the challenging task of managing all the flow energy in their facility with the mandate from upper management to save money on energy costs. To accomplish this goal, it’s critical to get accurate flow measurement data of the flow energy in your facility such as: natural gas, compressed air, steam, chilled and hot water. ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

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