The velocity of an air stream in a duct is not uniform over the cross section of the duct. This is because friction against duct walls causes the air velocity to be lower near the sides than the velocity in the center, creating a parabolic velocity profile. Continue reading “Duct Traversing for Average Air Velocity and Air Volume”
Question: Can the standard Series 160 Pitot Tubes be used to sense liquid flow as well as gas flow? Continue reading “Ask the Expert – Sensing Liquid Flow with DS Flow Sensor”
A common flow measuring application is using a Magnehelic® Differential Pressure Gage with a Pitot Tube to measure velocity pressure. This velocity pressure can then be easily converted into velocity or flow rate. Continue reading “Custom Scales for Differential Pressure Gages”
Dwyer Instruments offers many styles of Pitot tubes, which are a commonly used sensor for monitoring air velocity and flow rate in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
Pitot tubes are based on Bernoulli’s equation, which states an increase in the speed of a fluid occurs simultaneously with an increase in dynamic pressure and a decrease in static pressure. Pitot Tubes sense the dynamic pressure of the fluid flow at a particular point and were invented by French Engineer Henri Pitot in the early 18th century.