Morgan's fuel flow sensors keep motorsport moving
18 April 2015
Morgan Advanced Materials and Sentronics have been working together to create a new fuel flow sensor which is providing motorsport manufacturers with accuracies of +/- 0.25 percent, an innovation that is contributing to increased control of fuel consumption.
Designed to help promote energy efficiency in motorsport by measuring fuel flow as part of limiting total energy use, the fuel flow sensor is appropriate for all categories of motor racing, including touring and rally cars, as it can accurately measure flow rates of +/- 8,000ml per minute, across a temperature range of 0°C to 105°C.
Weighing in at just 330g – far less than the 500g maximum weight permitted by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) – the sensor provides an exceptional degree of accuracy without adding unnecessary weight to the vehicle.
The fuel flow sensor is capable of operating in fluid pressures of 50kPa to 2,500 kPa and an external pressure rating of 300kPa, making it ideal for harsh vehicle applications. Intelligent on-board electronics process volumetric flow values and compute a mass flow output.
Charles Dowling of Morgan explained: “Sensor functionality in motorsport is crucial, as teams risk disqualification if they cannot efficiently balance performance and fuel consumption. In this case Morgan have managed to provide a highly responsive sensor to combine with Sentronics flow meter, creating a revolutionary new product. Morgan and Sentronics have worked together to turn this project around in only a few months, showcasing the responsiveness necessary to meet the tough demands of the motorsport industry.”
“Sentronics have optimised the electronics around the sensor to create our most accurate readings to date – twice as sensitive as some mass flow meters available and at a much lower cost. This ground breaking technology is extremely exciting and could have a very significant impact on how everyday automobiles work today.”
Manufactured from anodised aluminium alloy with stainless steel to form a compact and lightweight unit with no moving parts, the sensor is compatible with all fuel types.
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