Beta ratio, swirl and Reynolds number dependence of wall pressure in orifice flowmeters Academic Article uri icon


  • Experimental work has been performed in an effort to gain a better understanding of the flow field inside orifice flowmeters and the pressure field generated on the walls of the pipe and orifice plate. As a part of a larger study, extensive wall pressure measurements have been made on the pipe wall from four pipe diameters upstream of the orifice plate to six pipe diameters downstream, as well as on both the upstream and downstream faces of the orifice plate. These measurements were performed for Reynolds numbers of 54 700; 91 100 and 122 800; for beta ratios of 0.50 and 0.75 with air as the working fluid. An adjustable swirl plate was installed, which was used to impart varying amounts of swirl into the flow upstream of the orifice plate. For each swirl case, Pitot and static pressure probes were used to characterize the upstream flow field while the pipe wall and orifice plate surface pressures were measured. © 1990.

author list (cited authors)

  • Morrison, G. L., DeOtte, R. E., Moen, M., Hall, K. R., & Holste, J. C.

citation count

  • 15

publication date

  • October 1990