Calibrationless rotating Lorentz-force flowmeters for low flow rate applications

Hvasta, M. G. ; Dudt, D. ; Fisher, A. E. ; Kolemen, E.
Issue date: 2018
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Hvasta, M. G., Dudt, D., Fisher, A. E., & Kolemen, E. (2018). Calibrationless rotating Lorentz-force flowmeters for low flow rate applications [Data set]. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University.
  author      = {Hvasta, M. G. and
                Dudt, D. and
                Fisher, A. E. and
                Kolemen, E.},
  title       = {{Calibrationless rotating Lorentz-force f
                lowmeters for low flow rate applications
  publisher   = {{Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Pri
                nceton University}},
  year        = 2018,
  url         = {}

A 'weighted magnetic bearing' has been developed to improve the performance of rotating Lorentz-force flowmeters (RLFFs). Experiments have shown that the new bearing reduces frictional losses within a double-sided, disc-style RLFF to negligible levels. Operating such an RLFF under 'frictionless' conditions provides two major benefits. First, the steady-state velocity of the RLFF magnets matches the average velocity of the flowing liquid at low flow rates. This enables an RLFF to make accurate volumetric flow measurements without any calibration or prior knowledge of the fluid properties. Second, due to minimized frictional losses, an RLFF is able to measure low flow rates that cannot be detected when conventional, high-friction bearings are used. This paper provides a brief background on RLFFs, gives a detailed description of weighted magnetic bearings, and compares experimental RLFF data to measurements taken with a commercially available flowmeter.

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