# Purge Type Level Transmitter Questions

Purge systems may be used to detect hydrostatic pressure in a vessel even when there is no dip tube.

For example, in this level measurement system, compressed air is used as a purge medium directly into the vessel where the transmitter tubing connects:

## Purge Type Level Transmitter

First, calculate the appropriate calibration range for the DP transmitter in this application.

Next, explain what would happen to the transmitter’s output if the lower connection to the process vessel became plugged by debris (despite the cleaning action of the compressed air flowing through it). Alternatively, what if only the upper connection became plugged?

DP range = 0 to 308.8 ”WC = 0 to 11.15 PSID

If the lower process connection were blocked by debris, the transmitter’s output signal would increase, quite possibly to a magnitude greater than 100%. Just the opposite would happen if the upper process connection plugged.

Also Read: Purge Level Measurement Principle

#### More Questions:

1. Why would anyone choose to continuously purge the nozzles of a hydrostatic level transmitter when they could have easily chosen remote seals (diaphragms)?

2. Is air always a safe purge fluid to use? If not, what are some valid alternatives?

3. Suppose a slug of process liquid were to find its way into the “H” side impulse line leading up to the DP transmitter. How would this bit of liquid affect the transmitter’s accuracy?

4. Suppose a slug of process liquid were to find its way into the “L” side impulse line leading down to the DP transmitter. How would this bit of liquid affect the transmitter’s accuracy?