How do Fuel Dispensers Work? – Pt. 2

gas stationIn our last post, we discussed the two main components of the fuel pump – the electronic component that reads the sensors and creates the display, and the mechanical component consisting the electric motor, valves, and the pump. We also discussed the suction system that most fuel dispensers use to pump fuel. In this post, we will go a little deeper and explain how the fuel dispenser measures fuel, and how the auto cutoff feature works.

Measuring the Fuel

Fuel pumps utilize a flow valve to measure the amount of fuel dispensed and regulate the flow. It works like a diaphragm that is squeezed to give the sensors information about how much fuel has passed by it. The information is then fed to the displays so you can see how many gallons of gas you have put into your car in real-time.

Auto Cutoff Mechanism

The auto cutoff feature of a fuel pump is a genius device that prevents you from overfilling your tank and getting gas all over your car and yourself. The fuel pump used a sensing tube that is connected to a mechanical value. When fuel touches the entrance of the sensing tube, the change in pressure triggers the valve to close, which stops the fuel from flowing into your vehicle.

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