Flow Velocity Measurement Made Accurate and Non-Invasive with Sound Waves

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Accurate measurement of flow velocity is crucial in various industries, including oil and gas, water treatment, and manufacturing. Traditional methods of flow measurement often involve invasive installations, which are costly, time-consuming, and disruptive to pipe networks. However, advancements in technology have introduced non-invasive methods that utilize sound waves for flow measurement, offering a more convenient and efficient solution. 

Transit-Time Flow Measurement with Sound Waves: 

The application of sound waves enables the measurement of flow velocity in pipes through a technique known as transit-time flow measurement. This method takes advantage of the fact that sound travels faster in the same direction as the flow compared to traveling against the flow. By precisely measuring the difference in transit time between sound waves traveling with and against the flow, the velocity of the flow can be accurately determined. 

In pic: Portasonic® 2.FL0, Main Unit in Hand.

In pic: DM10 Standard Sensors, Clamped on Pipe.

Ultrasonic Flow Testing of Water Meters: 

Ultrasonic flow testing has emerged as a widely adopted technique for measuring flow velocity in water meters. This technique utilizes ultrasonic transducers that emit sound waves into the pipe. These transducers function as both senders and receivers of sound waves, enabling accurate measurement of the transit time. Coltraco Products offers the Portasonic® 2.FL0, a handheld, clamp-on ultrasonic transit-time flow meter specifically designed for water metering applications. This innovative device harnesses ultrasonic technology to provide a non-invasive and convenient solution for water flow measurement. 

Key Advantages of Coltraco Products Portasonic® 2.FL0: 

The Portasonic® 2.FL0 offers numerous advantages and features that make it an excellent choice for water metering applications. Let’s explore the key benefits: 

  • Non-Invasive Clamp-On Design: The handheld and clamp-on design eliminates the need for invasive installation, reducing costs and operational disruptions. 
  • Wide Compatibility: The Portasonic® 2.FL0 works with various pipe materials (metal and plastic) and diameters (DN15 to DN2500), ensuring compatibility with a wide range of water metering systems. 
  • Accurate Measurements: This flow meter is ISO 17025 calibrated to provide highly accurate readings (+/- 0.5% of true flow rate), ensuring reliable and precise measurements. 
  • Multiple Flow Types: The Portasonic® 2.FL0 measures volumetric, mass, and heat/energy flow rates, offering comprehensive flow measurement capabilities. It also provides individual totalization for enhanced data analysis. 
  • Robust Build Quality: Constructed with high-quality materials, the Portasonic® 2.FL0 is designed for reliable performance in diverse operating conditions, ensuring durability and longevity. 
  • Built-in Oscilloscope: The integrated oscilloscope assists with signal diagnostics, allowing for reliable measurements and optimal performance. 
  • Integrated Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge: The Portasonic® 2.FL0 features an integrated ultrasonic thickness gauge for non-destructive testing of pipe integrity and defect detection, providing additional value and functionality. 
  • ISO 17025 Calibration Option: For added assurance, the Portasonic® 2.FL0 offers an ISO 17025 calibration option, providing third-party verification of accuracy and compliance with industry standards. 
  • IP65 and IP66 Rated: With dust and water ingress protection ratings of IP65 for main unit and IP66 for the sensors, respectively, this flow meter is designed to withstand challenging environmental conditions, ensuring long-term durability. 
  • Long Battery Life: The Portasonic® 2.FL0 operates on a standard 9V PP3 battery, providing up to 12 hours of continuous use, ensuring uninterrupted flow measurement sessions. 

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Flow velocity measurement with sound waves offers a non-invasive and efficient solution for water metering applications. The Coltraco Products Portasonic® 2.FL0, with its advanced features and robust build quality, emerges as an exceptional choice for ultrasonic flow testing in water meters. Its non-invasive clamp-on design, wide compatibility, accurate measurements, and additional functionalities such as the built-in oscilloscope and integrated ultrasonic thickness gauge make it a versatile and reliable tool. By leveraging the Portasonic® 2.FL0, industries can benefit from accurate water flow velocity measurements without the need for invasive installation or disruption to their water metering systems. 

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