ASTM D5242 - 92(2013)

    Standard Test Method for Open-Channel Flow Measurement of Water with Thin-Plate Weirs

    Active Standard ASTM D5242 | Developed by Subcommittee: D19.07

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.01


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Thin-plate weirs are reliable and simple devices that have the potential for highly accurate flow measurements. With proper selection of the shape of the overflow section a wide range of discharges can be covered; the recommendations in this test method are based on experiments with flowrates from about 0.008 ft 3/s (0.00023 m  3/s) to about 50 ft 3/s (1.4 m 3/s).

    5.2 Thin-plate weirs are particularly suitable for use in water and wastewater without significant amounts of solids and in locations where a head loss is affordable.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers measurement of the volumetric flowrate of water and wastewater in channels with thin-plate weirs. Information related to this test method can be found in Rantz (1)2 and Ackers (2).

    1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The SI units given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1129 Terminology Relating to Water

    D2777 Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias of Applicable Test Methods of Committee D19 on Water

    D3858 Test Method for Open-Channel Flow Measurement of Water by Velocity-Area Method


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.120.20 (Flow in open channels)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D5242-92R13

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