How do paddle wheel flow meters work?
Paddle wheel flow meters work by measuring the velocity of a fluid as it passes through a pipe. The meter has a paddle wheel mounted inside the pipe, with the blades of the paddle wheel positioned perpendicular to the flow of the fluid. As the fluid flows through the pipe, it causes the paddle wheel to rotate. The rate at which the paddle wheel rotates is proportional to the velocity of the fluid, and this information can be used to calculate the flow rate of the fluid through the pipe.
The paddle wheel flow meter consists of a paddle wheel mounted inside a pipe, with the blades of the paddle wheel positioned perpendicular to the flow of the fluid. The paddle wheel is connected to a rotor pin. The shaft is connected to a hall effect sensor, which is used to measure the rotation of the paddle wheel.
As the fluid flows through the pipe, it causes the paddle wheel to rotate. The rate at which the paddle wheel rotates is proportional to the velocity of the fluid. The sensor measures the rate of rotation of the paddle wheel and sends this information to a flow meter, which calculates the flow rate of the fluid based on the measured rotation rate.
The flow meter may also use other factors to calculate the flow rate, such as the size of the pipe and the type of fluid being measured. The flow meter typically displays the flow rate in units of volume per unit of time, such as gallons per minute or liters per second.
One advantage of paddle-wheel flow meters is that they are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. They can also be used to measure the flow of a wide range of fluids, including liquids, gases, and steam.
However, they are not suitable for use with certain types of fluids, such as those that are highly viscous or those that contain solid particles.
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