Pressure transmitter

Pressure transmitter

To convert the pressure measurement in an output signal

Different types of pressure transmitters exist: differential pressure transmitter for measuring a pressure difference ΔP  but also a  relative or absolute pressure transmitter.

For more specific applications, it will be necessary to use:
- a differential pressure transmitter to correct variations of pressure and temperature of a gas
-  two transmitters for the same differential pressure flow element to increase the measuring range

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A differential pressure transmitter is a device that accurately measures a differential pressure (ΔP = upstream pressure - downstream pressure) and converts it into a 4-20mA output signal. The flow rate is calculated with the following formula :

, mass flow in kg/s
, constant
, differential pressure in mbar

, density of the fluid in kg/m3

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When to use a multi-variable pressure transmitter?

The density ρ of an incompressible fluid is constant at a given temperature (a liquid can be considered at first sight as an incompressible fluid) whereas the density ρ of a compressible fluid (gas) varies according to its pressure and of its temperature. Thus, the choice of the transmitter can be provided as follows:

  • For a liquid at constant temperature, provide a standard differential pressure transmitter.
  • For a gas, at constant temperature and pressure, provide a standard differential pressure transmitter.
  • For a gas at variable temperature and pressure, provide a multi-variable differential pressure transmitter. Indeed, it makes it possible to correct the pressure and temperature variations of the gas when it is coupled to a temperature sensor. This correction can also be obtained with a conventional differential pressure transmitter to which is added a temperature sensor, a pressure transmitter and a computer.
How can we increase the rangeability of the flow measurement with a differential pressure element thanks to the transmitters?

The coupling of two differential pressure transmitters to a single differential pressure flow measuring element allows to extend the rangeability (1:36 instead of 1: 6 in a conventional way) and to maintain a low measurement uncertainty over a range from 3 to 100% the max.