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Bronkhorst instruments are used for numerous applications in many different markets. In this section you will find an overview of the main markets for our equipment, illustrated with some typical examples of applications.
Are you looking for technical documentation, are you interested to learn more about the measuring principles of Bronkhorst products, or you do want to get in contact with a Bronkhorst Service Engineer? This section will guide you to the relevant service & support topics.
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Suppose you would like to supply a gas, vapour or liquid to a chemical process, then mass flow controllers are suitable devices. They are used in processes regarding:
A mass flow controller is a compact device that supplies one or more chemical compounds – gas or liquid - to a process by accurately controlling the flow rate. To this end, the flow rate of the compound(s) to be supplied is set electronically by a voltage, current or digital (fieldbus) source. The amount of gas or liquid that flows through the device is measured by an internal sensor. This measurement value is compared with the setpoint value. To achieve that both values are equal, a control valve will vary the size of the flow passage (by opening or closing).
In the basics, a mass flow controller is a mass flow meter (i.e. the sensor) combined with control valve and feedback electronics between sensor and valve. This control function (also known as PID, proportional-integral-derivative) is often a standard part of the device electronics, whereas the control characteristics can be adjusted for fast or smooth control by means of user software.
Simply because in many research and production processes, the important variable is mass and not volume. Mass flow controllers can provide direct control of mass flow. From an economical point of view, the mass of a gas or liquid is an independent value, no matter what the operating temperature or pressure of a process is. Therefore, mass flow devices are immune to fluctuations in temperature and pressure of the incoming flow.
To meet users' preferences for expressing compressible gas flow as volume flow anyway, conditions are agreed upon under which mass flow is converted into volume flow. These ‘normal’ reference conditions are a temperature of 0 °C and an absolute pressure of 1 atm, indicated by the subscript “n” in the unit of volume used.
A thermal mass flow controller uses the heat capacity of liquids or gases to control their mass flow rate. Within the Bronkhorst portfolio we have multiple thermal mass flow controllers that each have their own sensor technique:
A Coriolis-based mass flow controller (e.g. the mini CORI-FLOW series) is often the first choice to measure and control liquid flow. Besides that, they very well can be used for gas flow processes as well. Coriolis based mass flow controllers have some advantages compared to thermal-based instruments:
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