WATER CURRENT METER FOR MEAN FLOW MEASUREMENTS

David Smith, W. Harrison

Abstract


A drag-sphere water current meter with a 0 to 6 ft/sec range has been developed for velocity measurements of relatively steady flows A two-component strain-gage type force transducer is mounted within a 3 7-inch-diameter perforated drag sphere Drag force measurements are related to the flow velocity around the meter Several drag sphere configurations were tested in selecting the 336-hole pattern Frequency response data have been recorded and evaluation tests were made with current meters deployed in an estuary Use of these current meters in studies of steady-state fluid processes and sediment responses is feasible They are simple, relatively inexpensive, and well suited to applications where several simultaneous measurements are needed to determine velocity profiles or map flow distributions.

Keywords


current meter; mean flow; flow measurements

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