ASTM D5390 - 93(2013)

    Standard Test Method for Open-Channel Flow Measurement of Water with Palmer-Bowlus Flumes

    Active Standard ASTM D5390 | Developed by Subcommittee: D19.07

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.01


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Although Palmer-Bowlus flumes can be used in many types of open channels, they are particularly adaptable for permanent or temporary installation in circular sewers. Commercial flumes are available for use in sewers from 4 in. to 6 ft (0.1 to 1.8 m) in diameter.

    5.2 A properly designed and operated Palmer-Bowlus is capable of providing accurate flow measurements while introducing a relatively small head loss and exhibiting good sediment and debris-passing characteristics.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers measurement of the volumetric flowrate of water and wastewater in sewers and other open channels with Palmer-Bowlus flumes.

    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

    D1941 Test Method for Open Channel Flow Measurement of Water with the Parshall Flume

    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

    D5242 Test Method for Open-Channel Flow Measurement of Water with Thin-Plate Weirs

    ASME Standard

    FluidMeters— Their Theory and Application

    ISO Standards

    ISO555 Liquid Flow Measurements in Open Channels--Dilution Methods for Measurement of Steady Flow--Constant Rate Injection Method


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.120.20 (Flow in open channels)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D5390-93R13

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D5390-93(2013), Standard Test Method for Open-Channel Flow Measurement of Water with Palmer-Bowlus Flumes, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org

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