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Mitigating the effects of pulsating flow in flow measurement

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Titan Enterprises has revealed how variation in flow velocity can impact flow measurement accuracy and how to mitigate any undesirable effects.
The company said it was well known that flowmeters were sensitive to effects such as pulsating flow, which can generate errors in measurement.
Pulsating flows are common in systems using diaphragm, peristaltic or piston pumps. In a pulsating flow system, the velocity profile of the flow undergoes a dramatic change during each cycle of pulsation compared to even flow conditions.
According to theory, to accurately measure flow in a pulsating flow scenario the sampling rate of an electronic flow meter needs to be at least double the frequency rate of the pulsations themselves.
If the pulsation rate is not taken into account, aliasing of the flow signal will be seen, resulting in erroneous measurement from the flowmeter.
Using advanced electronics, Titan's Atrato and Metraflow ranges of ultrasonic flowmeters are able to resolve the ultrasonic signals to about 50 picoseconds.
With downstream signal processing, Titan’s ultrasonic flowmeters are able to accurately measure pulsating fluid flow that is less than 10Hz. To accurately measure pulsating flows above this frequency requires inline pulse dampening.
Drawing upon over 40-years of flowmeter innovation - Titan Enterprises is a manufacturer of high-performance solutions including the Atrato ultrasonic flowmeter, Oval Gear flowmeters, low flow Turbine flow meters and a flow instrument range.