UB-Lab - The versatile ultrasonic profiler

The UB-Lab profiler allows accurate velocity profiles measurements from the laboratory flume to the industrial process.


  • High spatial and temporal resolution
  • Large transducer choice
  • Fine frequency tuning
  • Web interface

This technology is also known as UVP (Ultrasonic Velocity Profiling) or UDV (Ultrasonic Doppler Velocimetry).

The compact and splash-proof (IP65) enclosure of the UB-Lab is adapted to harsh environments. This scientific instrument is able to drive two transducers in a large frequency range (from 300 kHz to 9.4 MHz) and it can therefore be adapted to many kinds of liquids and particles.

Like the UB-Flow profiler, the UB-Lab gives access to the acoustic turbidity which allows the evaluation of Suspended Sediment Concentration (SSC). It can measure simultaneously velocity and acoustic turbidity profiles.

When equipped with two transducers, the UB-Lab can be used as a high resolution 2C ADCP.

This device can be used within a laboratory as well as in an industrial context (see application for in-line rheometry). It breaks new ground by offering the user new capabilities in the fields of fluid study and control.

The device is configured through a dynamic web interface and integrates an internal logger (3Go) which allows the storage of a large amount of data, enabling days or months of monitoring (depending on configuration).

Ethernet communication goes through RJ45 cable. The device can behave like a DHCP server when connected directly to the computer, or it can be connected to the network and behave like a DHCP client. You can then, depending on your network configuration, connect to the device through WiFi.

Measurement Performances
Sampling range 0.005 to 4 m
Number of cells 2 to 200
Cell size 3.5 mm to 10 cm (0.3 mm optional)
Velocity Range [-4 to 4] m/s (under Nyquist condition)
Velocity accuracy 0.2 to 1%
Sampling rates up to 1 Hz (100 Hz optional)
Signal Processing Coherent Doppler with phase coding
Temperature BNC connector for PT100 probe
Number of transducer connectors 2 for transducers in emission/reception and 2 for transducers in reception (bistatic option)
Central frequency 1.5 MHz and 3 MHz
Frequency range 0.5 to 7.5MHz (allowing particle size spectroscopy)
Beam width 2° to 5° (depending on the transducer and on the emitting frequency)
Dimensions 5.5 x 11.3 x 38.5 cm
Weight 1.45 kg
Cable 15 m typical (up to 70 m upon request)
Data Management
Communication Ethernet, HTTP and TCP-IP protocols
Internal data logger 3 Go (more than 20 000 profiles)
File format ASCII CSV (compatible with Excel, Matlab …)
Velocity Velocity profile data (relative to acoustic beam directions) per beam and cell
Echo Backscattered echo RMS amplitude per beam and cell
Turbidity Acoustic turbidity data per beam and cell
Data Quality Profile data quality indicator per beam and cell
Input 110-230V AC or 12V DC
Consumption Maximum 12 VA

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-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

UB-Lab installation

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.

Note: it is almost the same interface for the UB-Flow.

Optional features available :

  • High spatial resolution (HSR) for fine scale studies starting from 0.35 mm between cells (instead of 4 mm in the standard version),
  • High time resolution (HTR) for measurements up to 100 Hz,
  • Bistatic profile measurements for real two components velocities,
  • Raw Doppler signal recording,
  • High voltage emission (300/450V)

Accessories :

  • Transducers
  • Transducer holders
  • Tracers