Free surface flow rate measurement
Free surface flow rate measurements are found using a combination of level measurements, speed measurements and channel shape. The flow rate is therefore obtained by combining the flow rates in each part of the wetted section.
A measuring point consists of:
- 1 converter,
- 1-2 level sensors,
- 1-8 speed measurement chords.
The amount and position of the probes depends on:
- the height of the structure,
- the tide range,
- the specific features upstream and downstream of the site in question,
- the required precision.
Ultrasound measurements present several advantages for this type of application:
- reliable process unaffected by the nature of the fluid and its temperature,
- highly dynamic measurements: good results at both low and high water levels,
- takes into account different velocity profiles (up to 8 chords),
- takes into account the entire section of the structure,
- defines the section precisely using 20 points incorporating left and right width/height,
- can be used to take measurements in very wide structures (200 m).
This measurement principle can also be applied to partially filled pipes.
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