Why measure Conductivity?
It can be used as a fairly inexpensive and low maintenance indicator of water quality. Good quality water with little contaminants will have a low conductivity. There is far less maintenance than pH and minimal calibration. Conductivity is used in Boiler feedwater, RO, and Demineralizer applications.
Since conductivity, up to a point, increases with an increase in the concentration of the ions in the process, we can use it to correlate to a % concentration value of solutions such as acids or bases. Again, since conductivity is non-specific, % concentration can only be measured on ONE chemical at a time and not a mixture of contributing chemicals.
There are two basic sensor styles used for measuring Conductivity: Contacting and Inductive (Toroidal, Electrodeless).
When Contacting Sensors are used, the conductivity is measured by applying an alternating electrical current to the sensor electrodes (that together make up the cell constant) immersed in a solution and measuring the resulting voltage. The solution acts as the electrical conductor between the sensor electrodes.
The accuracy of conductivity measurements can be influenced by the following factors:
|Model Code||SC42 Large Bore||SC4A||SC42 Small Bore|
|Cell Constants||0.01/cm; 0.1/cm; 1.0/cm||0.02/cm; 0.1/cm||0.02/cm; 0.1/cm; 1.0/cm|
|Ranges||0.02-2,000 µS/cm; 0.2-20,000 µS/cm; 2.0-200,000 µS/cm||0.04-400 µS/cm; 0.2-2,000 µS/cm||0.04-400 µS/cm; 0.4-2,000 µS/cm; 4.0-5,000 µ/cm|
|Pressure Rating||10 bar/142 PSIG||10 bar/142 PSIG||7 bar/100 PSIG|
|Installation Connections||Requires FD40, FS40 or FF40 Holder||3/4" NPT Fitting; 1", 1.5" or 2" Tri-Clamp; Retractable||3/4" NPT Fitting; 1", 1.5" or 2" Tri-Clamp|
|Materials Of Construction||316 Stainless Steel||316 Stainless Steel or Titanium||316 Stainless Steel or Titanium|
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