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Calculate Process Variable from Transmitter Current

A pH transmitter has a calibrated  range  of 4 pH to 10 pH, with a 4-20 mA output  signal. Calculate the pH sensed by the transmitter if its output signal is 11.3 mA.

Calculate PV Value

We are solving this problem using standard 4-20mA conversion Formula. Click here for formula

First, we will set up a linear equation describing  this transmitter’s function:

Calculate PV Value Graph

Note how we are free to set up 4-20 mA as the independent variable  (x axis) and the pH as the dependent variable (y axis).  We could arrange  current on the y axis and  the process measurement on the x axis as before, but  this would force us to manipulate the linear equation to solve for x.

Calculating and substituting the slope (m)  value for this equation, using the full rise-over-run  of the linear function:

Process Varibale Formula

Process Varibale to current Formula

We can also solve the problem using direct formula. Click here for formula

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I like it to much January 29, 2018 at 5:44 pm

Very useful

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