Design and testing of the supporting setup for the high-pressure vibrating tube densimeter
Institute of Thermomechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Dolejškova 1402, 182 00 Prague 8, Czech Republic
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Published online: 11 July 2022
Vibrating tube densimeters (VTDs) have become relatively popular instruments for measuring the density of a large variety of gases and liquids since their development about fifty years ago. The apparatuses measure the characteristic frequencies of vibrating U-shaped tube filled with a fluid sample, when the fluid fill shifts the dynamic characteristics of the U-tube. This study describes design and testing of the in-house developed supporting setup for a commercial high-pressure VTD Anton Paar DMA HP. The instrument covers density range from 0 to 3000 kg/m3 at pressures up to 700 bar and temperatures from -10 to 200 °C. Whereas the temperature of density measurement is fully controlled by the apparatus using a thermal block with Peltier unit, pressure has to be generated and monitored externally. Therefore, a high-pressure sampling system was designed and assembled. Special care is taken when measuring temperature with an external resistance thermometer connected to precise thermometry bridge. In order to avoid unfavorable condensation of air moisture during the measurement, VTD apparatus is protected by a dry box of own design. Technical details together with the calibrations of pressure and temperature probes are described in detail. A preliminary data for temperature dependence of density of the selected liquids (water, ethanol or ethylene glycol) obtained at the barometric pressure are also provided and compared to the reference density correlations.
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