Flowmeters for Formula 1™: Providing Valuable Data to F1 Teams

In this article - Titan Enterprises details the successful application of its flow meters enabling effective research by Formula 1™ racing teams worldwide.

Recently Formula 1™ Flow meters were a hot topic with one team who were casting doubt on the approved fuel flow meter (not from Titan) that has to be fitted to every Formula 1™ car. Because of this negative press for flowmeters in general we felt it right to share some of the successful implementations of Titan flow metering technology in this area.

Trevor Forster, Managing Director, Titan Enterprises

In recent years, one particular F1™ team was wary of the returning fuel flow figures transmitted from their engine supplier’s fuel management systems. Titan developed an extremely lightweight oval gear flow meter, which could be safely installed in the fuel tank of the racing car. Designed to be resistant to immersion in fuel and the exceedingly noisy electrical environment of an F1© racing car the flow meter has enabled precise flow measurement over a prolonged period of time.

Previous F1 seasons have seen lightweight versions of oval gear flowmeters used for formula 1 flow metering.

Previous F1 seasons have seen lightweight versions of oval gear flowmeters used for formula 1 flow metering. Image Credit: Titan Enterprises Ltd

 

Formula 1 Flowmeters and Ultrasonic Technology

Other engine and car manufacturing firms are making use of Titan’s Atrato ultrasonic flow meter for both petrol and diesel measurement on test stands and in engine design. In contrast to the controversial flow meter heavily discussed in the F1 racing press, the Atrato does not have a contorted flow path and fuel travels directly through the meter and, as a result, can be at the same bore as the fuel lines. This limits any reductions or losses in pressure keeps “dead” fuel volume to a minimum. Further development of this meter is underway with a diesel-like fuel and tests, over the customers flow range, return accurate results from -20 to +30°C.

Atrato Ultrasonic Flowmeter – the future of formula 1 flowmeters?

Atrato Ultrasonic Flowmeter – the future of formula 1 flowmeters?. Image Credit: Titan Enterprises Ltd

Titan high pressure flow meters have been extensively utilized to measure fluid flow in the hydraulic systems of F1 racing cars. Furthermore, one high-performance engine company monitors the oil flow lubricating its turbo units on the test bench using Titan flow meters.

Generally, the engines of Formula 1 racing cars have no cooling fans and need to be dependable and run safely and efficiently at temperatures exceeding 200°C. Measuring the high flow of coolant water at these increased temperatures without resulting in an unnecessary pressure drop in the system was further development initiated by Titan. Utilizing the exceptionally low pressure drop inherent in the design of the Oval gear flow meter – Titan created a 200°C, 50 L/minute flow meter with a pressure drop below 100 mBar.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Titan Enterprises Ltd.

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