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Device and method for measuring multi-phase fluid flow in a conduit using an elbow flow meter

United States Patent

5,641,915
June 24, 1997
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A system for measuring fluid flow in a conduit. The system utilizes pressure transducers disposed generally in line upstream and downstream of the flow of fluid in a bend in the conduit. Data from the pressure transducers is transmitted to a microprocessor or computer. The pressure differential measured by the pressure transducers is then used to calculate the fluid flow rate in the conduit. Control signals may then be generated by the microprocessor or computer to control flow, total fluid dispersed, (in, for example, an irrigation system), area of dispersal or other desired effect based on the fluid flow in the conduit.
Ortiz; Marcos G. (Idaho Falls, ID), Boucher; Timothy J. (Helena, MT)
Lockheed Idaho Technologies Company (Idaho Falls, ID)
08/ 383,343
February 3, 1995
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The United States Government has rights in this invention disclosed under contract number DE-AC07-76ID01570 between the U.S. Department of Energy and EG&G Idaho, Inc., now contract number DE-AC07-94ID13223 with Lockheed Idaho Technologies Company.