Inline thermal mass flow meters from Fox Thermal provide highly accurate flow measurement for air, natural gas, and other process gas flow control. Inline flow meters may be equipped with NPT ends (pictured right) or flanged end connections.Compare Products
Fox Thermal’s inline flow meter sensing elements are pre-aligned with the flow body’s centerline. The factory-configured depth setting of the probe/sensor ensures the most accurate measurement of gas in the pipe.
Compared with insertion-style flow meters, inline gas flow meters require shorter straight runs. This is in part due to the built-in flow conditioner which corrects distortion and swirl disturbances to the flow profile of the process gas, resulting in a uniform flow profile necessary for accurate flow measurement.
Fox Thermal offers remote inline-style flow meters for cases where the flow body installation location would make viewing the flow meter’s display difficult. These have a separate electronics enclosure that can be connected by cable to a remote junction box fitted to the probe and flow body assembly.
Many factors influence the style of flow meter to choose for a particular application. There may be pressure considerations, the possibility for corrosion, or physical limitations to the available process pipes.
Local inline-style flow meters have an electronics enclosure connected to a probe that is pre-installed in a section of pipe called a flow body. The flow body may be equipped with different process connections like NPT ends or flanges. NPT ends are commonly used in applications with smaller pipe sizes (up to 3-inch). Flanged end connections are routinely used for larger pipe sizes and in applications where threaded connections are not viable.
The flow body size should match the pipe size to which it is being connected. This ensures that there is not a pressure drop that may affect process function or the accuracy of the flow meter.
For the most accurate flow measurement, a uniform flow profile is preferred. This can be achieved either through the addition of straight pipe runs between the causes of turbulent flow or through the addition of a flow conditioning device.
Lateral placement of the flow meter on the process pipe is determined by the upstream and downstream straight run requirements of the style of flow meter and the existence of obstructions or elbows in the pipe that create swirl or turbulent flow profiles.
At Fox Thermal, our inline mass flow meters are constructed with built-in flow conditioners and straight run requirements are less than the requirements for insertion-style flow meters. We recommend that our inline flow meters be positioned with at least 8 diameters of straight, unobstructed pipe lengths upstream and 4 downstream.Get a Quote
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