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Mass flow meters are devices that are used to measure the rate of flow of a liquid as it passes through a system.

Typically, flow meters are separated based on how they measure the flow, either by volume per unit time or mass per unit time. These two categories separate quite a few different flow meters by simply looking if the flow meter measures the flow of fluid by volume or if the flow meter looks at the mass of fluid that is passing through the system.

Now within these two broad categories there are sub-categories; there are two common types of mass flow meters within the mass flow meter category.

The first is known as a Coriolis flow meter which gets its name due to the fact that it utilizes the Coriolis effect to get the job done. The second type of mass flow meter is the thermal mass flow meter which uses heat transfer principles in order to measure the mass flow rate. Read More…Request for Quote

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The Coriolis mass flow meter works by having the fluid flow through a series of tubes which are undergoing a constant vibration, this vibration is what causes the Coriolis effect which means that oscillation is occurring in different parts of the tubes.

Sensors attached to the tubes pick up data from these oscillations which are measured to calculate the mass flow of the fluid.

Thermal mass flow meters, on the other hand, measure heat dissipation in order to determine the flow rate, the faster the liquid is flowing the greater the cooling effect.

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Mass flow meters are used within a wide range of industries such as chemical processing, food, beverage, power, oil and gas, water, pharmaceutical, mining and so many more.

It goes without saying that mass flow meters are used in applications where knowing the mass of the fluid is far more beneficial than knowing the volume of the flow.

In order to determine if a mass flow meter is right for your application, contact a trusted flow meter manufacturer and let them know your application and specifications.

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