Ultrasonic flow meters are used in a variety of industrial applications. In addition to the use in ultrasonic flow meters, ultrasonic transducers are used in ultrasonic cleaning baths and for nondestructive testing. Ultrasonic transducers are also used to measure the depth of a liquid with a large vessel.
Ultrasonic Flow Meter Applications
Ultrasonic flow meters can be used to control fluid flow rates in many different applications. One application is to control the flow rate of water through pipes during firefighting operations. Ultrasonic flow meters can also be used to control the flow rate of liquids such as oil and water through pipes that connect various pieces of equipment in an industrial plant. These pipes are commonly referred to as piping systems or fluid transfer lines.
Ultrasonic flow meters are used in a wide range of industries, from food and beverage to chemical, pharmaceutical and petrochemical. The applications listed below are just some of the industries that use ultrasonic flow meters.
Food & Beverage Industry: Ultrasonic flow meters are used for measuring fluid flow in all types of food & beverage applications including sugar, starch, oil and fat. They can be used for both open channel and closed channel applications. In addition to measuring the level of product in tanks or vessels, ultrasonic flow meters can also be used to measure the rate at which product is being pumped out of a tank or into a vessel. This is especially useful for adding water to wine barrels where it may be difficult to see how much water is being added at any given time.
Chemical Industry: Ultrasonic flow meters are commonly used in chemical plants where they are often installed inline with pipes carrying chemicals such as acids or bases. In these applications, ultrasonic flow meters can be used to measure how much material has been consumed during production processes such as distillation or crystallization. For example, an acid plant may use an ultrasonic flow meter to measure how much sulfuric acid has been consumed during production of ammonia.
Power Generation: Ultrasonic flowmeters can be used for measurement of steam flow rates in power generation plants where they are installed on steam piping systems such as boilers, turbine exhaust ducting and condensate return lines. These instruments are also often installed on pipe headers which feed multiple turbines or other equipment.