The Global Water Flow Probe is an economical yet accurate water velocity instrument for measuring flows in open channels and partially filled pipes. The water velocity probe consists of a protected water turbo prop positive displacement sensor coupled with a telescoping probe handle with digital display. The water flow meter incorporates true velocity averaging for the most accurate flow measurements. The Flow Probe is ideal for storm water runoff studies, sewer flow measurements, measuring flows in rivers and streams, and monitoring water velocity in ditches and canals.
The Flow Probe incorporates the unique Turbo-Prop propeller sensor that is designed to shed debris and is protected inside a 2″ diameter housing. The probe housing may be placed directly on the bottom of a pipe or streambed for measuring low flows down to 2″ in depth. The flow meter propeller rotates freely on its bearing shaft with no mechanical interconnections for minimal friction. Magnetic material in the propeller tip passes a pickup point in the water velocity meter handle producing electrical impulses that are carried to the readout display by an internal cable. The Turbo-Prop is easily removed for cleaning or replacement. The Flow Probe Swivel Head option allows you to rotate the flow probe’s turbo prop to + 90 degrees from it’s standard position. This option lets the flow probe take water velocity measurements in hard to measure areas such as vertical pipes on water tanks or swimming pool drainage systems.
The water velocity computer receives an electrical signal from the propeller, amplifies the signal, and converts the reading to feet per second (or meters per second, depending on programming). The large LCD screen displays average, minimum, and maximum water velocity readings. Up to 30 sets of time and date stamped data points can be stored in the computer with the push of a button. These data points can be reviewed on the computer screen for later analysis. The water velocity computer has a water-resistant housing and incorporates a unique four-button operation for changing functions and resetting the display. The water velocity computer is powered by a non-replaceable battery that will last approximately five years with normal use, and low battery and end of data warnings will be displayed.
The Flow Probe handle can telescope from 3.7 feet to 6 feet in length (FP111), 5.5 feet to 15 feet (FP211), or 2.5 feet to 5.5 feet (FP311). The handle is constructed of anodized aluminum for light weight and long life. The 15 foot length of the FP211 Flow Probe allows for measuring sewer flows from street level and measuring stream flows from low bridges. While the 2.5 foot collapsed length of the FP311, Flow Probe is ideal for carrying into remote flow monitoring areas. A 3-foot (1.7-feet for the FP311) mylar coated staff gauge (graduated in hundredths of a foot and centimeters) is attached to the lower section of the water velocity probe for instant water depth measurements and accurate propeller positioning.