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1. (WO2019046354) VORTEX FLOWMETER HAVING INJECTION CLEANING PORTS
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CLAIMS

1. A vortex flowmeter for measuring a flow rate of a fluid, the vortex flowmeter comprising:

a flowtube;

a bluff body positioned in the flowtube for shedding vortices in the fluid when the fluid flows through the flowtube ;

a sensor positioned to detect the vortices; and

a cleaning port positioned to allow a stream of fluid to be directed into the flowtube through the cleaning port toward the sensor for cleaning material away from the sensor.

2. A vortex flowmeter as set forth in claim 1 wherein the cleaning port is positioned in the wall of the flowtube and offset laterally from the bluff body.

3. A vortex flowmeter as set forth in claim 2 wherein the cleaning port is angled toward the sensor.

4. A vortex flowmeter as set forth in claim 3 wherein the cleaning port is a first cleaning port, the vortex flowmeter having a second cleaning port adapted to allow a stream of fluid to be directed into the flowtube through the cleaning port toward the sensor for cleaning material away from the sensor, the first and second cleaning ports being on opposite sides of the bluff body and angled toward the sensor.

5. A vortex flowmeter as set forth in claim 2 wherein the cleaning port in positioned in a lower portion of the flowtube .

6. A vortex flowmeter as set forth in claim 5 further comprising a transmitter configured for outputting a fluid flow rate measurement derived from the sensor, the transmitter being mounted on an upper portion of the flowtube.

7. A vortex flowmeter as set forth in claim 1 wherein the sensor is a differential pressure sensor.

8. A vortex flowmeter as set forth in claim 1 wherein the sensor is positioned to make direct contact with fluid flowing through the flowtube.

9. A vortex flowmeter as set forth in claim 1 wherein the sensor is a differential pressure sensor positioned to make direct contact with fluid flowing through the flowtube on opposite sides of the sensor.

10. A vortex flowmeter as set forth in claim 1 wherein the sensor is positioned in a cavity formed at one end of the bluff body and the cleaning port is positioned to direct fluid into the cavity.

11. A vortex flowmeter as set forth in claim 11 wherein the cavity is in fluid communication with the flowtube through a passage and the cleaning port is configured to pressure in the cavity to be increased to a pressure that is higher than a pressure in the flowtube to cause material to flow from the cavity to the flowtube through the passage.

12. A method of cleaning a vortex flowmeter of the type having a flowtube for containing flow of a fluid, a bluff body for generating vortices in a fluid as the fluid flowing through the flowtube, and a sensor adapted to detect the vortices, the method comprising injecting a fluid into the vortex flowmeter toward the sensor through a cleaning port.

13. A method as set forth in claim 12 wherein the injecting comprises injecting the fluid into the vortex flowmeter toward the sensor through a plurality of cleaning ports .

14. A method as set forth in claim 13 wherein injecting the fluid into the vortex flowmeter comprises simultaneously directing fluid streams from the cleaning ports toward opposite sides of the sensor.

15. A method as set forth in claim 12 wherein the flowtube is connected at opposite ends to a fluid pipeline and the injecting comprises injecting fluid into the vortex flowmeter through the cleaning port without disconnecting the flowtube from the fluid pipeline.

16. A method as set forth in claim 12 wherein the method comprises injecting the fluid through a cleaning port that is positioned to extend through a wall of the flowtube.

17. A method as set forth in claim 12 wherein the fluid injected into the flowtube comprises a liquid.

18. A method as set forth in claim 12 wherein the fluid injected into the flowtube comprises a gas.

19. A method as set forth in claim 12 wherein the injecting is performed without stopping the fluid flowing through the flowtube.

20. A method as set forth in claim 12 wherein the sensor is positioned in a cavity fluidly connected to the flowtube by a passage and injecting a fluid into the vortex flowmeter comprises injecting the fluid into the cavity to cause material to flow from the cavity to the flowtube through the passage .