Volumetric Flow Meter

Precise digital flow-meter with on-unit display and control keys

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FM units are sensors measuring the flow of gases. These devices are used in a wide range of laboratory and industrial applications in various fields of science such as pharmaceuticals, petroleum, chemicals and petrochemicals, medical, and semiconductor industry. IRASOL devices employ state-of-the-art technologies to determine the rate of gas flow based on the differential pressure as a result of gas fluid.

IRASOL Products are produced in a number of models and accurately cover a range of 0 to 1000 standard cm3/min, depending on their application.

Features:

  • Monitor and control keys on the device
  • Device control by computer
  • Device controlling software
  • No need to a separate control unit
  • High accuracy of measurement
  • Measurement for different gases

 


FM Technical Specifications

Max Inlet Pressure

7 Bar

Min Outlet Pressure*

0.2 Bar

Differential Pressure Range

<40 mBar

Resolution

0.1% Full scale

Repeatability

±0.2% Read point

Accuracy

±1% Full scale

Operating temperature

0 -45 °C

Model

Measuring range

FM-50B

 0-50 sccm

FM-100B

 0-100 sccm

FM-200B

 0-200 sccm

FM-500B

 0-500 sccm

FM-1000B

 0-1000 sccm

Case Material

Aluminum

LCD Display

Simultaneously displays pressure, maximum flow and current flow

Digital Outlet Signal

USB command base

Warning Alarm

> Max. flow

Power

12 VDC, 2 A

Electrical Connection

DC Jack

Dimension (L×H×W)

11.8 cm × 13.5 cm× 3.0 cm

Weight

0.8 Kg (1.0 Kg for FM-1000B)

* In cases where the output pressure is less than 0.2 bar (for high vacuum chambers), FM can also be used by adding a needle valve on the output of the flow meter to keep the pressure in flow meter side larger than 0.2 bar.

 

How It Works

In IRASOL FM units, a Laminar flow sensor is used to measure the gas flow. As it is observed in Figure 1, the laminar flow sensor consists of a thin pipe, across which a pressure difference is developed by the flow of gas. The volumetric flow rate of the gas depends approximately on the difference in pressure between the two sides. It is possible to measure the mass flow by measuring the pressure difference, absolute pressure, and gas characteristics. The advantage of this method is that measuring a pressure difference with very high accuracy is possible and moreover, the relationship between the pressure difference and the gas flow is almost linear.

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Figure 1. Schematic illustration of the method of gas flow measurement by means of a laminar sensor.

 

Although the physical concept of the sensor is simple, there are various considerations to make the measurement precise and reliable. For instance, errors due to non-laminar gas flow, in particular at the inner and outer orifices lead to non-linear effects, which should be taken into account. The effect of temperature is also important in the sensing process and should be excluded.

Function diagram of the device is illustrated in Figure 2. The control circuit is connected to the LCD and control keys and reads the pressure and temperature values of the sensors and orders to the solenoid valve.

The calculated or regulated flow is displayed on the monitor and in addition, the control circuit can be used to display and transfer of the data from/to a computer.

 

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Figure 2. Function diagram of the FM.

 

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