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A magnetic flow meter (mag meter, electromagnetic flow meter) is a transducer that measures fluid flow by the voltage induced across the liquid by its flow through a magnetic field.

A magnetic field is applied to the metering tube, which results in a potential difference proportional to the flow velocity perpendicular to the flux lines. The physical principle at work is electromagnetic induction.

The magnetic flow meter requires a conducting fluid, for example, water that contains ions, and an electrical insulating pipe surface, for example, a rubber-lined steel tube.

Magnetic Flow Meter Animation

Magnetic Flow Meter Animation

Image Courtesy : Yokogawa

Animation by : Instrumentation Tools

Principle of Operation

Simply, Magnetic Flow Meters works on Faraday’s Law of Electro-Magnetic Induction.

The Two Blue dots in the animation indicates electrodes. The Copper coils (red blocks – magnets) on top & bottom of the instrument are electro-magnets used to generate magnetic field.

When there is no fluid flow then the induced voltage between electrodes is Zero.

When a fluid flows through the magnetic field, the two electrodes pick up the voltage and it is proportional to fluid flow rate.

That’s it. Very Simple.

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12 comments

Dev July 23, 2015 at 1:42 am

Five stars for instrumentation Animations and very useful website for instrumentation engineers.

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pankaj July 25, 2015 at 11:24 am

it is useful to us…who work on field……

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Mohamad August 8, 2015 at 6:07 am

When is it recommended to use the magnetic flowmeter? what are the best process conditions to be used for?? thanks

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S Bharadwaj Reddy August 19, 2015 at 4:58 am

One unique aspect of magnetic flowmeters is that they can only measure conductive fluids. They are excellent for water and most other liquids, but they cannot measure hydrocarbon-based fluids.Some advantages of magnetic flowmeters are that they can easily handle dirty liquids, slurries, wastewater, and other hard-to measure liquids.

Another unique feature of magnetic flowmeters is the number of types of liners available for different applications. These different liners make magnetic flowmeters useful for hygienic applications, for caustic liquids, and for almost any type of water application. Almost any type of conductive liquid can be measured with the right type of liner.

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Ashish September 22, 2017 at 10:50 pm

Conductivity shall be checked with Process. Water conductivity is not very excellent. This was confirmed by Process Engineer. Because water can be many types like Fresh water, Sour water, Sea water etc. Caustic soda for example has very high conductivity.

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suresh November 24, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Very useful…

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Shefeek Salim February 29, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Magnetic types are very accurate,but if there is any electrical disturbances like as improper earthing etc,that will badly affect the signals from the sensor to transmitter,and transmitter may unable to produce exact output PV.

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Nishant Sohani May 23, 2016 at 3:50 am

Very nice good information I like it

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Agravat May 27, 2016 at 12:24 pm

What type of output current a.c. or D.C.? ??

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Eduardo January 22, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Dear sir. I can’t explain how wonderful and useful your website is. Thank you very much for your work.

Best regards.

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Antonio Gingado December 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm

simplesmente MARAVILHOSO

Translated Portuguese to English : just wonderful

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sunil July 22, 2019 at 11:40 am

Your animation explains everything!
No need for any text!

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