Standard Historical Last Updated: Mar 12, 2014
ASTM D4409-95(2008)

Standard Test Method for Velocity Measurements of Water in Open Channels with Rotating Element Current Meters

Significance and Use

This test method describes the design and use of various types of current meters. These current meters are commonly used to measure the velocity at a point in an open channel cross section as part of a velocity-area traverse to determine the flowrate of water. To this end it should be used in conjunction with Test Method D 3858.


1.1 This test method describes the design and use of cup-type or vane-type vertical axis current meters and propeller-type horizontal axis current meters for measuring water velocities in open channels.

1.2 This test method is intended primarily for those meters customarily used in open-channel hydraulic (as distinguished from oceanographic) applications with an operator in attendance.

1.3 This test method is intended primarily for current meters that measure one component or filament of flow.

1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.5 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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 11.01
Developed by Subcommittee: D19.07
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.1520/D4409-95R08
ICS Code: 17.120.10