# Differential Pressure Flow Meter Working Principle (Derivation and Equation)

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Assume a one-dimensional flow in through a restriction (

The first term of the above equation is called potential head or potential energy. The second term is called kinetic head or KE energy. This relationship between velocity and pressure provides the basis for the operation of all head type meters.

As the pipe is horizontal z

The difference of the pressure head at section 1 and 2 is equal to “h.”

Substitute this value in the above equation we get

Now apply continuity equation at section 1 and 2

Substitute value of v

The above equation gives theoretical discharge in ideal condition. The actual discharge will be less than theoretical discharge.

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## General theory for restriction type flow meter

Fig shows schematic representation of a one-dimensional flow system with restriction, Showing upstream 1 and downstream 2.Assume a one-dimensional flow in through a restriction (

**venturi**) fitted in a pipe. p, a,v,z are pressure, area, velocity, and elevation of fluid at a point respectively. According to the Bernoulli’s principle of conservation of energy total energy (total head) remains constant.The first term of the above equation is called potential head or potential energy. The second term is called kinetic head or KE energy. This relationship between velocity and pressure provides the basis for the operation of all head type meters.

As the pipe is horizontal z

_{1}= z_{2}or considering, the elevation is negligible z_{2}-z_{1 }= 0 the Bernoulli’s equation can be written asThe difference of the pressure head at section 1 and 2 is equal to “h.”

Substitute this value in the above equation we get

Now apply continuity equation at section 1 and 2

Substitute value of v

_{1}in equation of hThe above equation gives theoretical discharge in ideal condition. The actual discharge will be less than theoretical discharge.

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_{d}is known as the coefficient of discharge and its value always less than 1- Difference between Differential Pressure Flow Meter and Positive Displacement Flow Meter

Let

S

S

X = manometer deflection

Then

## Conversion of manometer deflection x to Pressure head difference h

**Case 1**: differential manometer contains liquid heavier than the liquid flowing through the pipeline.Let

S

_{m}= specific gravity of the heavier fluidS

_{p}= specific gravity of the fluid in the pipeX = manometer deflection

Then

**Case 2**: if the differential manometer contains lighter than the fluid in the pipeline.