High Pressure

Litre Meter specialise in the design, manufacture and supply of flowmeters. The unique Pelton wheel based meter design ensures an inherent reliability which has been proven in more than three decades of operation. Listed below are all the flow meters within our range that are suitable for high pressure applications:

VFF Rotary Piston Positive displacement flowmeters, also known as PD meters, measure volumes of fluid flowing through by counting repeatedly the filling and discharging of known fixed volumes. A typical positive displacement flowmeter comprises a chamber that obstructs the flow. Inside the chamber, a rotating/reciprocating mechanical unit is placed to create fixed-volume discrete parcels from the passing fluid. In the VFF the rotor is basically a disc shape with an annular groove on its underside capable of holding and transporting flow from the chamber inlet to the outlet i.e. a rotary piston. The units are manufactured in 316 stainless steel or titanium. They can measure pulsing flows. Suitable for a wide range of process liquids. 0.01 to 33,000 l/hr. +/-0.5% accuracy, +/-0.25% repeatability. Pressures to 2,500 bar and higher.
Pelton Wheel Also known as a radial turbine the highly efficient Pelton Wheel meter has some major advantages. The very large blade area compared with the flow inlet port size produces an exceptionally wide range flowmeter which can measure very low flows. The flow through the inlet of the meter is accurately directed onto the rotor which rotates at a speed in linear proportion to the flow rate. A small sensing coil detects the ferrites mounted in the flow meter rotor blade tips as they pass. No drag is imposed on the rotor which assists in the measurement of extremely low flows. Sapphire bearings provide a very low friction mechanically-robust bearing with long life characteristics. Turndown can be as high as 280:1. Ideally suited for low viscosity process liquids measurement up to 2" pipe sizes and larger and up to 10cSt. 0.003 to 500 l/min; ±2.0% of reading (also 1.0%); some models suitable for flow measurement at higher pressure up to 1035bar (15,000 psi) and higher.
Thermal Mass Capillary Designed for pressures up to 34 bar the Capillary Thermal principal of operation is based on heat transfer and the first law of thermodynamics. During operation, process gas enters the instrument’s flow body and it divides into two flow paths. The vast majority of the gas flow passes through the Laminar Flow Element (LFE) bypass. A very small portion of the total flow is diverted through a small “Capillary” sensor tube with an ID between .007 to .028 inches. This technology is ideal for gas flow measurement and gas flow control. Flowmeter accuracy: ±1% of full scale. From 0.1 to 4 sccm up to 1000 slpm. Pressures to 34 bar (500 psi).
Thermal Mass Industrial The immersible thermal sensor is completely immersed into the flow stream. As a result, immersible thermal mass flow meters measure much higher gas mass flow rates in harsher environments than capillary thermal mass flow meters. There is very little pressure drop across an immersible sensor, and the flow does not have to pass through the LFE as it does with a capillary thermal mass flow sensor. Available from Sierra in either inline flow bodied or insertion flowmeter styles. In-line mass flow meters from 0 to 0.7 nm³/h to 0-20000 nm³/h, +/-1% of reading; insertion flowmeters up to 72", +/- 2% of reading. Pressures to 34 bar (500 psi).
Vortex Vortex and other types of “oscillatory” flow meters utilize the behaviour fluid oscillations in order to derive flow rate. This technology works by inducing fluctuations in the fluid properties such as pressure, density or viscosity which can be converted into a flow rate. These flowmeters are normally calibrated on water. No moving parts and relatively tolerant to particulate flow these find many applications where temperatures are high or where other more traditional flowmeter technologies are out of spec. +/- 1.5% rate, 1/2" to 8" and insertion. Pressures up to 5000 psi (345 bar).
Ultrasonic Ultrasonic flowmeters measure the travelling times (transit time models) or the frequency shifts (Doppler models) of ultrasonic waves in a pre-configured acoustic field that the flow is passing through to determine the flow velocity. The Sierra range of ultrasonic (transit time) Innovasonic devices are available, click for details. Litre Meter has access to other ranges but the Innovasonic is relatively unique as not only are fixed and portable ultrasonics available but also insertion devices for tougher applications. Ultrasonic flow meters can measure water and other liquids over a range of velocities and with a certain amount of solid content. 25mm to 10000mm;±1.0% of reading (also 0.5%); 0 to ±40 ft/s (0 to ±12 m/s).
Turbine Inline ‘axial’ turbine flowmeters are velocity measuring devices - they measure the average velocity of a fluid flowing through the body of the meter. Mounted within the body of a gas turbine flowmeter is a vaned rotor. The rotor is centred on a shaft and allowed to rotate on bearings. The shaft is supported in the housing by tube bundles that also provide a measure of flow conditioning for the fluid stream. Good for gas flow metering particularly at higher pressures. Wide size range and excellent accuracy. 0.15 to 3.5 up to 200 to 12,000 ACFM. ±1% reading - typical. ±0.25% repeatability. Also good for liquid flow metering. 0.24-17 up to 3028-56775 litres/min. Overrange 150% intermittent. ±0.25% reading - typical. ±0.1% repeatability. High pressure versions HHP up to 10,000 psi - 690 bar.
Helical Screw Positive displacement flowmeters, also known as PD meters, measure volumes of fluid flowing through by counting repeatedly the filling and discharging of known fixed volumes. A typical positive displacement flowmeter comprises a chamber that obstructs the flow. Inside the chamber, a rotating/reciprocating mechanical unit is placed to create fixed-volume discrete parcels from the passing fluid. The helical screw principle uses 2 counter rotating gears to form a continuous constant volume cavity. Versions OMG and OME in steel and aluminium have the best characteristics for batching and optional pole-wheels enable increased pulse output for finer batch resolution; +/-0.1 to +/-0.3% accuracy, +/-0.01% repeatability. 0.1 to 7500 l/min. The OMK is a stainless steel version suitable for water flow metering; 0.2 to 100 litres per minute, +/-0.5 to +/-2% accuracy, +/-0.1% repeatability. OMX series to 10,000 psi, 690 bar.