Morgan Advanced Materials and Sentronics have announced a new fuel flow sensor, which offers accuracies of +/- 0.25%.
Designed by the two companies, the new sensor has been created 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 is said to provide 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. Accompanying on-board electronics process volumetric flow values and compute a mass flow output.
“Sensor functionality in motorsport is crucial, as teams risk disqualification if they cannot efficiently balance performance and fuel consumption,” explained Charles Dowling of Morgan. “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,” he continued. “This ground breaking technology is extremely exciting and could have a very significant impact on how everyday automobiles work today.”
Manufactured from highly engineered materials including 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.