Simply recording water depth does not provide a reliable measure of water flow, for example, depth may vary while flow remains constant. In such cases it is essential to measure depth and velocity and then determine the flow measurement.
Unidata’s Starflow Ultrasonic Doppler instrument is ideal for smaller open channel and pipe measurements as it is a complete hydrographic data collection system. Starflow measures water velocity, depth, flow and temperature, enabling you to do a complete stream study with a single instrument.
Starflow operates in a wide range of water qualities from fresh streams to primary sewerage channels. It measures both forward and reverse flows, and is particularly useful at sites where a stable stage / velocity relationship does not exist. For very small flow monitoring the Unidata Tipping Bucket Flow Gauge can be used.
Open channels, partly filled pipes, and natural streams have very complex velocity characteristics. Turbulence, waves, stream slope, bed and wall unevenness, rocks and debris, all combine to create an unpredictable velocity profile. To account for these effects Starflow analyses up to one thousand separate velocity measurements and statistically determines the mean velocity. This approach provides a good “average velocity” even under difficult conditions.
Note, however, that Starflow is not a “current profiler”, that is, it does not record a detailed velocity profile.
The Starlog companion software allows a user to define the stream, channel or pipe profile, so that the velocity and depth readings can be converted to a true flow reading.
Starflow contains a micrologger with 512kb of memory; enough for 250,000 measurements. It will acquire instantaneous, maximum, minimum and averaged readings. Starflow is equipped with the SDI-12 communications facility, intelligent battery supervision and an interface to a telemetry system, such as Neon.
Starflow Instrument can connect to an SDI-12 Data Recorder as a slave or it can act as an SDI-12 Data Recorder master to which other SDI-12 instruments can be connected. You will generally mount the Starflow on (or near to) the bottom of the stream, pipe or culvert where you are measuring flow, however you can also mount it on the side of larger channels.
A single cable connects the instrument to a 12VDC power source. The unit also provides a control output for initiating a water-sampling unit. The sampling control is fully programmable and can be based on flow, velocity, depth or a combination of these conditions. By connecting a rain gauge you can make a complete storm water monitoring system.
Starflow can be equipped with the 6526LCD Starflow Liquid Crystal Display Module to display the values obtained from the most recent scan on demand. The 6526LCD is packaged in a compact weatherproof polycarbonate enclosure, fitted with pre-wired SQL type connectors.
A Neon Remote logger can be connected with the Starflow Instrument in order to record and transmit measured perimeters to a Neon Server routinely. When the data arrives at the Neon Server, it can be viewed on a standard web browser. The data can be checked automatically for any out of limit readings and an appropriate alarm action can be issued.
|Options for Application Specific Instruments / Inputs||Unidata Part Number||Description|
|Ultrasonic Doppler Instrument - Velocity and Depth||6526J-21||Starflow Ultrasonic Doppler Instrument 0-2m|
|Ultrasonic Doppler Instrument - Velocity and Depth||6526J-51||Starflow Ultrasonic Doppler Instrument 0-5m|
|Ultrasonic Doppler SDI-12 Instrument - Velocity & Depth||6527A||Starflow QSD|
|Tipping Bucket Flow Gauge||6506G||Flow Gauge 75ml|
|Tipping Bucket Flow Gauge||6506H||Flow Gauge 130ml|
|Options for Neon Telemetry - NRL / NRT / RTU / Field Units||Unidata Part Number||Description|
|Neon Remote Logger 16 Channels||3016A||Options Available: 3G/4G Cellular, Ethernet, Globalstar, Inmarsat, Iridium SBD and LoRa|
|Neon Remote Logger 8 Channels||3008A||Options Available: 3G/4G Cellular, Ethernet, Globalstar, Inmarsat, Iridium SBD and LoRa|
|Neon Remote Logger 4 Channels||3004A||Options Available: 3G/4G Cellular|
|Neon Remote Logger 4 Channels M Series||3004A-M||Options Available: 3G/4G Cellular, Ethernet, Microsatellite, Iridium SBD and LoRa|
|Cellular RTU 3G/4G||2013F-AB03 / 2013F-AB04||Neon Metering Module 3G/4G with Antenna and Li Battery|
|Cellular RTU 3G/4G - Industrial||2016F-AB03 / 2016F-AB04||Neon Remote Terminal 3G/4G with Antenna and Li Battery|
|Low Earth Orbit Satellite Globalstar||2015F-AB0||NRT Satellite Globalstar Modem with Antenna and three Li Batteries|
|Ethernet||2017F-0B0-1 or 3||NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports with three Li Batteries|
|Equatorial Orbit Satellite - Inmarsat||2018F-AB0-1 or 3||NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports with three Li Batteries|
|LCD Display||2500E||NRT LCD Display|
|NRT Field Termination Strip||2103F||2015F,2016F,2017F, and 2018F NRT FTS|
|NRT Firmware Option||2303A-8M||8M Extended Memory Option|
|NRT Firmware Option||2303A-8M-CAM||8M Extended Memory & Serial Camera Option|
|NRT Firmware Option||2303A-CAM||Serial Camera Option|
|Options for Neon Application Software - Customer Server||Unidata Part Number||Description|
|Neon Application Software||2302A||Neon Server Software Licence Incl 5 NAL |
|Neon Application Software||2302A-10||Additional 10 NRT Access Licences|
|Neon Application Software||2302A-20||Additional 20 NRT Access Licences|
|Neon Application Software||2302A-50||Additional 50 NRT Access Licences|
|Options for Neon Application Software - Unidata Server||Unidata Part Number||Description|
|Neon Application Software||2301A||Neon Data Initial Subscription Setup Fee|
|Neon Hosting Service||2301A-01||Neon Data Service Fee for 1-50 NRTs|
|Neon Hosting Service||2301A-02||Neon Data Service Fee for 51-100 NRTs|
|Neon Hosting Service||2301A-10||Neon Data Service Fee Metering|
|Options for Conventional Dataloggers / Field Units||Unidata Part Number||Description|
|Neon Remote Logger 16 Analog Channels / Touch Screen Display||3016A-000||16 Ch NRL (Superseded Prologger 7001D)|
|Neon Remote Logger 8 Analog Channels / Touch Screen Display||3008A-000||8 Ch NRL (Superseded Stalogger 6004D)|
|Neon Remote Logger 4 Analog Channels / Touch Screen Display||3004A-000||4 Ch NRL (Superseded Micrologger 8010C)|
|Starlog V4 Management Software||6308A-AUE||Starlog V4 Full Licence Key|