How To Use Diaphragm Seals On A Differential Pressure Gauge

For differential pressure applications with caustic or thick medias, mounting a differential pressure gauge directly to the process can be detrimental to the integrity of the gauge.  The wetted material of the gauge may corrode away or the differential gauge could potentially become clogged.

A solution to this problem would be to isolate the wetted parts of a differential gauge by mounting diaphragm seals made of a compatible metal or plastic to the inlet and outlet sides of the differential gauge.  However, unlike a standard pressure gauge with one port, you cannot mount a diaphragm seal directly to the differential gauge because the ports of the gauge are typically too close together to accommodate the size of the diaphragm seal.

A solution to this is to install capillary tubing in between the gauge and the diaphragm seal.  This allows for flexibility during installation, safety from high temperatures or vibration, and room for the diaphragm seals to fit on the gauge.  The entire assembly is a filled system just like a standard gauge mounted on a diaphragm seal.  The air is evacuated from the assembly and replaced with a fluid (usually silicone or glycerin).

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