Advantages

The main advantages of these sensors include their high accuracy, good rangeability (on high Reynolds number applications), and energy-conserving high-pressure recovery. For these reasons, in higher velocity flows and larger pipelines (and ducts), many users still favor venturis in spite of their high costs. Their hydraulic shape also contributes to greater dimensional reliability and therefore to better flow-coefficient stability than that of orifice-type sensors, which depend on the sharp edge of the orifice for their flow coefficient.

The accuracy of a flow sensor is defined as the uncertainty tolerance of the flow coefficient. Calibration can improve accuracy. Table 7.6.2 gives accuracy data in percentage of actual flow, as reported by various manufacturers. These values are likely to hold true only for the stated ranges of beta ratios and Reynolds numbers, and they do not include the added error of the readout device or d/p transmitter.

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