Open Channel Flow Meter

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Open Channel Flow Meter Open channel flow meters deal with free flowing, or free gravity flowing, open channels. The flowing liquid of these channels have a top surface open to the air. The cross-section of their flow is based only on the shape of the shape of the lower side of the channel through which they flow.

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West Valley City, UT  |  800-316-5342

Established in 1990, HydraCheck is the market leader in developing, manufacturing, and selling engineered flow meters. Well known for their modular design, high performance and superior quality, HydraCheck boasts a full line of flow meters and transmitters as well as accessories such as displays, counters and indicators to ensure every customer receives the most suitable flow meter for any application.

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Orangeburg, NY  |  800-866-3837

Aalborg Instruments & Controls is a globally recognized manufacturer of precision instrumentation for flow measurement and control. We offer variable area flow meters, thermal mass flow controllers, and more. Since our founding in 1972, it has been our commitment to develop, produce and deliver the highest quality products and services, as well as consistently meet or exceed customer requirements. We are ISO 9001:2015 certified.

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Concord, CA  |  925-687-8363

Since our founding in 1972, RCM Industries has served industries ranging from pharmaceutical to chemical to food and beverage. Our flow meters are designed to improve productivity, reduce cost, and protect the most sensitive equipment and processes. All flow meters are suitable for measuring water, oil, and most low viscosity liquids, and are available in Monel, stainless steel, and bronze alloys. No matter what your application, we aim to exceed your expectations.

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Marlborough, MA  |  888-738-0188

Spire Metering Technology offers one of the broadest, most affordable lines of flow measurement and energy metering products in the industry today. Through continuous innovation, we transform complex ultrasonic technology into affordable, reliable solutions for accurate flow and energy measurement.

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Trevose, PA  |  215-355-8400

Thermal Instrument Company offers a wide range of thermal flow meters and flow switch products. Our products include mass flow meters, inline flow meters, insertion probes and signal processors. We serve the chemical processing, food, landfill and pharmaceutical industries.

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There are many different types of open channel flow, depending on the environment in which they are found. For example, some have no changes in the depth of liquid where others have a constant, unsteady flow.

Open channel flow meters monitor the relationship between the depth of the liquid and the flow rate. In contrast, most other flowmeters use mass or volumetric data to determine flow rate. In order to do their work, open channel flow meters typically use ultrasonic transducers, pressure sensors, shaft encoders, or special radars that can function in a free surface.

Other types of open channel flow measurement include: area/velocity flow measurement, level to flow measurement (measured at a designated point behind a weir, in a flume, or other hydraulic pumps, using various secondary devices), dye testing (when operators add a known amount of dye (or salt) per unit time to a flow stream. After complete mixing, they measure the concentration; the dilution rate equals the flow rates.), and Acoustic Doppler velocimetry (used to record instantaneous velocity components at a single point with a relatively high frequency, uses the Doppler shift effect to measure the velocity of particles in a remote sampling volume).

Open channel flow meters work where traditional flow meters cannot. Specifically, traditional flow meters cannot work where the top surface of a liquid is exposed to the open air. Most commonly, open channel flow meters are used in water and wastewater industries, as water and wastewater are by and large the most common liquids found in open channel flows. However, they are also popular anywhere open channel flows are found. They can even measure flow in rivers.

Regardless of your exact application, if you seek an open channel flow meter, you need to find a supplier that is knowledgeable on the subject, skilled, and reliable. Find that supplier by browsing the websites of those flow meter manufacturers and distributors that we have listed on our website, and reaching out to one or more of them with your specifications.

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