Flowmeter Fuel Flow Transmitter

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1074
Category: Fuel Systems
Object Type: Sensor/Transducer
Object Name: Flowmeter Fuel Flow Transmitter
Part No: 3D506
Serial No: 051/59XS
Manufacturer: Elliott Bros
Division: Unknown
Year of Manufacture: circa 1951
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Location: Archive Object Store

Transmitter Flowmeter
Type No 3D506
Serial No 051/59XS
Elliott Bros (London) Ltd


The rotor in this unit is large, more like a paddlewheel than the in-line rotor in the later units. This unit has an ‘X’ in the Serial Number which suggests that it was a prototype or an experimental design. Also marked "MAv R2/80"

In the mid 60’s the Aircraft Engine Instruments Division of Elliotts specialised in the control and management of fuel propulsion systems and its many products included Fuel Flow Transmitters.

The Transmitter is a transducer that measures the rate of fuel flowing through it and converts this to an electrical signal to drive a remote meter. It was developed from the well-proven variable orifice type units that the Division had manufactured for a wide range of civil and military aircraft. A similar unit, Type 7801-11000, was designed for direct engine mounting to the Rolls-Royce Spey on the Trident. It had an accuracy of ±1.0% of actual flow rate over the cruise band.

The Fuel flow business was important to Elliotts and it was in 1964 that the new Fuel Flow laboratory was opened at Rochester. It offered a unique service in Europe. It was designed to test fuel flow equipment for the new generation of supersonic aircraft where fuel temperature of 150°C or higher would be encountered, and units would be required to operate at rigid standards of accuracy under extreme conditions of temperature (up to 200°C ambient) and in areas of extreme vibration.

The Laboratory can achieve gravimetric calibration accuracy within an error band of ±0.1% of flow rate under the following conditions:

1. Flow rates from 50 to 120,000 lb/hr.

2. Fuel temperatures from -55°C to +180°C.

3. Ambient temperatures from -60°C to +200°C.

There is also a Vibrator capable of producing a maximum thrust of 500 pounds with frequencies of up to 3,000 c.p.s. for resonance searches.

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