Ultrasonic flow meters can be used for a variety of applications. The most common use is for measuring liquid flow in industrial applications, such as oil and gas production.
Ultrasonic flow meters provide accurate and reliable measurements of flow rates from 1 to 10,000 gallons per minute (gpm). They are ideal for use in low-pressure or high-temperature applications where traditional mechanical devices fail to perform.
Ultrasonic flow meters are also used in the following applications:
Ultrasonic sensors provide accurate measurements when there is little or no pressure drop across the meter, which makes them ideal for measuring liquid flows in oil wells, refineries, and other petroleum production operations where large volumes of liquids are being moved quickly through pipelines.
Ultrasonic sensors can be used to measure water flows in municipal water treatment facilities as well as wastewater treatment plants where they can also provide high accuracy at low pressures and temperatures.
Ultrasonic sensors can be used to measure chemical processing operations that involve liquids being moved through pipes at high rates of speed (i.e., distillation towers).
Water and Wastewater
Ultrasonic flow meters are an ideal choice for water and wastewater systems, where precise measurement is critical. The flow rate can be measured with great accuracy over a wide range of flow rates. They’re also immune to changes in temperature and pressure, which makes them suitable for use in both residential and industrial applications.
The ultrasonic instruments are commonly used as an alternative to other types of flow meters where mechanical movement is undesirable or impossible. Examples include moving fluids such as molten metal and pulp slurries.
Industrial Power Generation
Ultrasonic instruments have been developed for use on large steam turbines to measure turbine blade tip speed and blade angle position for control purposes. They have also been developed for use on boilers, including steam generator tubes and superheater tubes, as well as other types of heating surfaces such as burners, flues and economizers.
Food Processing Industry
The food processing industry is one of the largest users of ultrasonic flow meters. These devices are often used to measure the flow rates of liquids in food processing plants in order to ensure accurate measurements and to prevent product contamination. In many cases, these devices are installed at various points along a production line so that operators can monitor the speed at which fluids pass through each element.