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Flow divider needed

Flow divider needed

Flow divider needed

(OP)
Does anyone know of a flow divider that can be used to seperate a flow of water into three equal flows. Flow rate is  relatively small, approx. 300ml/min. Pressure is steady from supply at approx. 50psi. Thanks in advance.

RE: Flow divider needed

A flow splitter box comes to mind, but that is for larger water flows .. essentially a vessel with 3 equal overflow pipes or drains... for your smaller flow...?...
Fluid properties would help ... if it is a "clean fluid" that won't plug small orifices, perhaps 3 equally sized orifices with identical pressure drops across them would do the trick.
Putting the flow to a surge vessel and using 3 metering pumps from there comes to mind, too...
Good luck.

RE: Flow divider needed

I would suggest that you get your hands on one of the pharmaceutical company catalogues, Cole-Palmer comes to mind. Sometimes you can get pressure compensating flow splitters which give a somewhat even discharge. However, if as the last respondent said, anything more accurate than that, I would suggest using a four way 3/8" stainless steel spiltter from the source at 50 psi. into a manifold and then having the metering pumps do the dispensing at equal flow rates.

RE: Flow divider needed

(OP)
Thanks for responses. I'm constructing a splitter with equal orifices to evaluate.

RE: Flow divider needed

If your are looking for a flow metering pump, you might like to check out the web site www.proptec.com
This pump is available up to 12 channels with lots of flexability.  It should handle your 50 psi and will meter very viscous and/or "dirty" fluids.

RE: Flow divider needed

Equal orifices will produce equal flows from a single source only if the sum of flow resistance, exit pressure, and tube exit height are the same for the three tubes(three terms from fluid equation).  Sizing the orifice to waste a large portion of the source pressure could overcome much of the diffrences between fluid paths, the greater the drop across the orifice the less the effect from the tubes.  If the environment is clean enough for a fluid pressure regulator reliable flow regulation can be achieved by piloting from down stream of an orifice (much better flow control with less pressure loss).

RE: Flow divider needed

(OP)
Yes I agree. In fact my three lines are running to an atomizing nozzle which I believe creates a slight negative atmosphere on the fluid supply lines. Equal distribution is important as well as is delivering the entire metered charge. So a slight variation will not be catostrophic to the process. The solution does have some solid content so I'll need to test for nozzle restriction in practical applications. Thanks.

RE: Flow divider needed

Milton Roy LMI metering pumps are used almost exclusively by several clients, and industrial water treatment companies.  Those pumps may help, too.

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