What is Venturimeter? How it Works?

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Venturi meter is a device used to measure the flow rate or discharge of fluid through a pipe. Venturimeter is an application of Bernoulli’s equation. Its basic principle is also depends on the Bernoulli equation i.e. velocity increases pressure decreases. The principle of venture meter is firstly developed by G.B. Venturi in 1797 but this principle comes into consideration with the help of C. Herschel in 1887. The principle is that when cross sectional area of the flow is reduced then a pressure difference is created between the different areas of flow which helps in measuring the difference in pressure. With the help of this pressure difference we can easily measure the discharge in flow.



Venturi meter is very simple in construction. It has following parts which are arranged in systematic order for proper operation these are inlet section called as converging cone, cylindrical throat and gradually diverging cone.


Converging section is attached to the inlet of the pipe. The cross sectional area of converging section is decreasing from starting to end. One side it is attached with inlet and its other side are attached with the cylindrical throat. The angle of convergence is generally 20-22 degree and its length is 2.7(D-d). Here D is the diameter of inlet section and d is the diameter of throat.


It is middle part of the venturimeter and has lowest cross sectional area. The length is equal to diameter of throat. Generally the diameter of the throat is 1/4 to 3/4 of the diameter of the inlet pipe, but mostly it is ½ of the diameter of the pipe. The diameter of throat cannot reduce to its minimum suitable value because if cross sectional area decrease velocity increase and pressure decreases. This decrease in pressure goes below the vapour pressure which results in cavitation. To avoid cavitation a limited value of diameter is preferred.


Diverging section is the third part of this device. One side it is attached with outlet pipe. The diameter of this section is gradually increases. The diverging section has an angle 5 to 15 degree. The diverging angle is less than the converging angle due to this length of the diverging cone is larger than converging cone. The main reason of the small diverging angle to avoid flow separation from the walls and prevents the formation of eddies because flow separation and eddies formation will results in large amount of loss in energy. To avoid these losses proper angle of converging and diverging should be maintained.


Differential manometer are used to measure the pressure in the flow through pipe and it is mounted between inlet pipe and throat. We can use different pressure gauges in place of differential manometer to measure the pressure and different sections. The pressure gauges are mounted at inlet and throat of the venturimeter. The diverging section is not used for measuring the discharge because at this section flow separation may occur. When fluid flow through the venture meter then pressure difference is created which measured by the differential manometer.


Working of venturimeter is so simple. As already explained it works on the principle of Bernoulli’s equation, i.e. when velocity increases pressure decreases. Same principle is applicable here. The cross section area of throat is smaller than the cross-section area of the inlet pipe due to this the velocity of flow at throat section is greater than the inlet section, this happens according to continuity equation. The increase in the velocity of flow at the throat will results in decrease in the pressure at this section, due to this a pressure difference is developed between inlet and throat of the venturimeter. This pressure difference can be easily measured by using differential manometer between the inlet section and throat or by using two separate gauges at inlet and throat. By measuring the different pressure at the two different sections we can easily measure or calculate the flow rate through the pipe.


1. As discussed above venturimeter is used to measure the discharge in flow through pipes.

2. In medical applications it is used to measure the rate of flow in the arteries.

3. It has some other industrial applications like in gas, liquids, oil where pressure loss should be avoided.

4. It also measures the discharge of fluid which has some slurry or dirt particles because of its smooth design.


  1. The main advantage of venturimeter is it has very less losses and high accuracy.
  2. It has high coefficient of discharge.
  3. Easy to operate.
  4. It can be installed in any direction between pipe flow i.e. horizontal, vertical and inclined.
  5. Venturimeter has high accuracy as compare to other flow measuring devices like orifice meter, pitot tube and nozzles.


Venturimeter has some disadvantages also like, it has high initial cost because its calculation is very complicated.

  1. The major drawback of the venture meter is we cannot use it for small diameter size pipe.
  2. It is difficult in maintenance and inspections.

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