# Quiz Corner: Differential pressure flow transmitter accuracy

Nov. 23, 2020
A differential pressure flow transmitter measures with an accuracy of 0.05% of calibrated span. What is the flow accuracy of the differential pressure transmitter at 10% of flow rate?

A differential pressure flow transmitter measures with an accuracy of 0.05% of calibrated span. What is the flow accuracy of the differential pressure transmitter at 10% of flow rate?

A.  0.05% of flow rate

B.  0.50% of flow rate

C.  1% of flow rate

D.  5% of flow rate

Answer A is not correct because 0.05% of flow rate is far superior to 0.05% of calibrated span. One might think that the accuracy at 10% of flow rate would be 0.50% of flow rate. However, 10% of flow generates only 1% of differential pressure, so Answer B is not correct. The accuracy of the differential pressure flow transmitter operating at 1% of differential pressure would be 5% of flow rate (0.05 x 100 / 1). Answer D is correct.

Operating pressure, operating temperature and ambient pressure adversely affect transmitter performance. These effects can be many times larger than the differential pressure flow transmitter accuracy in some applications and environments.

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### David W. Spitzer

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