Water turbulence disrupts accuracy of some flow meters
AuthorsBlaine R. Hanson
Larry J. Schwankl
Authors AffiliationsB.R. Hanson is Extension Irrigation and Drainage Specialist, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis; L.J. Schwankl is Extension Irrigation Specialist, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis.
Hilgardia 52(1):25-30. DOI:10.3733/ca.v052n01p25. January 1998.
Flow meters were tested under a variety of conditions to determine potential errors in flow rate measurements due to excessive turbulence in the water. Results showed that propeller meters, the Hall meter and the Collins meter were not particularly sensitive to turbulence caused by elbows, while paddle-wheel meters and velocity gauges were sensitive to turbulence. Relatively large errors occurred for all meters under turbulence caused by a partially closed butterfly valve. Inserting six straightening vanes greatly reduced the error caused by partially closed valves.
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