UB-Lab product family - Versatile ultrasonic profilers
UB-Lab profilers allow accurate velocity profile measurements from the laboratory flume to the industrial process.
- High spatial and temporal resolution
- Large transducer choice
- Fine frequency tuning
- Web interface
The compact and splash-proof enclosures of the UB-Labs are adapted to harsh environments. These scientific instruments can be used within a laboratory as well as in an industrial context (see application for in-line rheometry). They break new ground by offering the user new capabilities in the fields of fluid study and control.
The devices are configured through a responsive web interface profiles can be visualized in real time. They integrate an internal logger which allows the storage of a large amount of data.
The UB-Lab UVPs work in monostatic modus, meaning the same transducer emits bursts and receives the corresponding echoes. This technology is also known as UVP (Ultrasonic Velocity Profiling) or UDV (Ultrasonic Doppler Velocimetry) and provides 1-component velocity profiles (projection on the transducer axis).
When equipped with two transducers, they can be used as a high resolution 2C ADCP.
For instantaneous 2C velocity profiles, see the UB-Lab 2C and its ADVP technology.
Depending on the version, those instruments allow measuring with up to 8 transducers in monostatic modus and are able to drive several transducers in a large frequency range (from 25 kHz to 9.4 MHz). They can therefore be adapted to many kinds of liquids and particles.
They can simultaneously measure velocity and echo amplitude profiles.
They are declined in two groups:
- the UB-Lab P is a handheld profiler equipped with a Wifi connexion and an internal battery in a compact enclosure.
- the UB-Lab X2 and the UB-Lab X8 can measure with a very high time resolution (up to 100Hz). They have temperature inputs and even pressure inputs for the X8. And both integrate a raw echo signal output. Like the UB-Flow profiler, they give access to the acoustic turbidity which allows the evaluation of Suspended Sediment Concentration (SSC). They are connected through Ethernet and can behave like a DHCP server when connected directly to the computer, or they can be connected to the network and behave like a DHCP client.
|Measurement Performances||UB-Lab P||UB-Lab X2||UB-Lab X8|
|Sampling range||0.005 to 4 m|
|Number of cells||2 to 200|
|Cell size||0.73 mm to 30 mm||0.36 mm to 10 cm|
|Velocity Range||[-4 to 4] m/s (under Nyquist condition)|
|Velocity accuracy||0.2 to 1%|
|Velocity resolution||15 ppm of the velocity range||0.1 ppm of the velocity range|
|Sampling rates||up to 15 Hz *||up to 100 Hz *|
|Signal Processing||Coherent Doppler with phase coding|
|Number of configurations||3||9|
|Raw acoustic signal||no||1 output channel (lemo connector for FFA.00.250)|
|Trigger IN/OUT||yes (lemo connector for FFA.00.250)||yes (BNC connector)|
|Temperature||no||1 BNC connector for 2 wires PT100 probe||1 lemo connector for FGG.00.304 for 4 wires PT100 probe|
|Pressure||no||2 lemo connectors for FGG.00.304 for 4 wires probes (optional)|
|Number of transducer connectors||2 for transducers in emission/reception||8 for transducers in emission/reception|
|Type of transducer connectors||lemo for FFA.00.250||BNC||lemo for FFA.00.250|
|Frequency range||0.025 to 3.6MHz||0.8 to 9.4MHz|
|Beam width||2° to 5° half angle (depending on the transducer and on the emitting frequency)|
|Emission voltage||50V typical||30/60V (300/450V upon request)||30/60V|
|Dimensions||28 x 58 x 210 mm3||55 x 113 x 385 mm3|
|Weight||0.2 kg||1.5 kg|
|Cable||wireless||10 m typical (up to 50 m upon request)|
|Communication||Wifi||Ethernet, HTTP and TCP-IP protocols|
|Internal data logger||Up to 1.2Go||3 Go (more than 20 000 profiles)|
|File format||binary data file (.udt)||ASCII CSV (compatible with Excel, Matlab …) and binary for raw data|
|Velocity||Velocity profile data (relative to acoustic beam directions) per beam and cell|
|Echo||Backscattered echo RMS amplitude per beam and cell|
|Turbidity||no||Acoustic turbidity data per beam and cell|
|Data Quality||Velocity data quality indicator per beam and cell|
|Input||5V||110-230V AC, 48V POE|
|Consumption||typical: 2.5 W
max: 7.5 W during charge
autonomy : 4h30
|Maximum 12 VA|
|ON/OFF LED||yes with power button||yes|
"Towards handheld UVP" by M. Burckbuchler and S. Fischer
A laboratory measurement campaign on a physical model of a hydraulic structure, using the UB-Lab P. ... read more
Case study for applications in the biobased industry
An interdisciplinary approach that combined multiphysics simulations, measurements with the UB-Lab and rheological measurements allowing to achieve a comprehensive system characterization that will facilitate research in the field of PEF processing. ... read more
High resolution velocity profile in a pipe filled with sunflower oil
The UB-Lab profiler (UVP) allows accurate velocity profiles measurements on laboratory setups and physical scale models, such as high resolution velocity profiling in oil, in a food processing pipe.
In-line rheometry in food processes
In-line rheometry with UB-Lab profiler allows an advanced knowledge of the product quality, which needs to be controlled in many food processes. For example, a real-time, accurate and non-invasive viscosity measurement based on UB-Lab has been developed.
Thesis presentation in ETH Zürich, UVP technique for food production and digestion processes
The oral examination of the PhD thesis of Damien Dufour took place on the 23rd Feb 2018 and symbolized the end of a 5 years’ work at the Food Process Engineering laboratory of ETH Zurich. The thesis is entitled “Ultrasound Doppler Flow Measurement in Food Production and Digestion Processes” and experimental data has been recorded by an UB-Lab from Ubertone. ... read more
Localized sand patterns downstream from a vertical cylinder
The UB-Lab profiler used for the results of following paper: A. Auzerais, A. Jarno, A. Ezersky and F. Marin, Formation of localized sand patterns downstream from a vertical cylinder under steady flows: Experimental and theoretical study, PHYSICAL REVIEW E 94, 052903 (2016), and referenced as a high resolution ADCP.
You will find here how to install the UB-Lab from UBERTONE. The UB-Lab communication and powering go through a POE cable and supply.
Overall presentation - UB-Lab User Interface
You will find here how to start the graphical user interface of the UB-Lab from UBERTONE. It is an embedded web interface. And you will get an overview of this interface.
Transducers installation examples
You will find here examples of how to install transducers for measurements with the UB-Lab UVPs or the UB-Lab 2C from UBERTONE.
Investigation of the dispersing characteristics of antral contraction wave flow in a simplified model of the distal stomach
D. Dufour, F. X. Tanner, K. A. Feigl, and E. J. Windhab; Physics of Fluids 33, 083101 (2021).
Simulations were validated with UB-Lab X2 velocity measurements in a physical model of an antrum. The characteristics of the retropulsive jet were quantified at different Reynolds numbers ... read more
Acoustic measurement on industrial liquids pipe flows
A few measurement examples of different opaque and viscous industrial liquids ... read more
- UB-Lab P technical datasheet
- UB-Lab X2 technical datasheet
- UB-Lab X8 technical datasheet
- UB-Lab X2 detailed technical specifications
- user manual (request via the contact form)
- communication protocol (request via the contact form)