AccuracyRotating Positive Displacement Meters
One of the main benefits of using a PD flow meter is the high level of accuracy that they offer, the high precision of internal components means that clearances between sealing faces is kept to a minimum. The smaller these clearances are, relates to how high the accuracy will be. Only fluid that is able to bypass this seal does not get counted, this is known as ‘by-pass’ or ‘slippage’.
Another benefit is the flow meters ability to process a huge range of viscosities and it is not uncommon to experience higher levels of accuracy while processing high viscosity fluids, simply due to the reduction of by-pass. When considering and comparing flow meter accuracy, it is important to be aware of both ‘linearity’ i.e. the flow meters ability to accurately measure over the complete turndown ratio, and ‘repeatability’, the ability to remain accurate over a number to cycles. This is another area where PD flow meters excel, repeatability of 0.02% and 0.5% linearity are standard.
If the correct flow meter has been selected for an application it can be expected to perform without error for many years. Frequently meters are sent in for servicing and recalibration that have been in the field for 10 sometimes 20 years continuous use. This reliability is largely due to the fact that this same proven technology has been in use for over 60 years, allowing the major advances to be focused within the fields of tribology and achieving the required precision at a reasonable cost.
Low MaintenancePositive Displacement FlowMeter for Industrial Processes
The level of recommended maintenance is heavily influenced by the application. For example if a flow meter is processing a fluid that displays lubricating properties i.e. oil, then routine maintenance can virtually be eliminated. If however the fluid has very poor lubricating properties then it is best to discuss the maintenance requirements with your distributor.
It is very uncommon that any maintenance to a PD flow meter would be more frequent than that of other equipment within the same system and can be scheduled to be carried out at the same time, minimalizing downtime.
- High level of accuracy (0.5% as standard) higher level of accuracy available upon request
- Ability to process a large range of fluid viscosities <1 cP – >500000 cP
- Low maintenance
- High pressure capabilities
- Electronic and mechanical versions available
- Spare parts availability
Limitations and Considerations
While PD flow meters are very robust, there are limitations to their usage. Firstly they should not be used for fluids that contain large particles, unless these can be filtered out prior to the fluid entering the measuring chamber. They are also not suitable for applications where large pockets of air are present within the fluid; however air eliminators are available for these applications.
Another factor that requires consideration is the pressure drop caused by the PD flow meter; although these are minimal they should also be allowed for in system calculations. As mentioned above when processing fluids with poor lubricating properties, it is recommended that advice is sought from your distributor; various material options are available for these applications.