BI-870 Dielectric Constant Meter

  • BI-870 Dielectric Constant Meter
Measurement of dielectric constants has never been so easy with the BI-870

Simply insert the probe in the liquid to be measured, adjust the two controls on the front panel, and read the dielectric constant from the display. The BI-870 can accurately measure in low and high dielectric solvents, including mixed liquids and solutions.

The BI-870 has two selectable sensitivity ranges: 1-20 and 1-200. Absolute accuracy is ± 2%, while repeatability and linearity accuracy are better than 0.2%. The measurement signal applied to the outer cylinder of the probe is a low-distortion sine wave at a frequency of 10 kHz. The amplitude is approximately 7 volts rms in the 1-20 range and 0.7 volts in the 1-200 range. The frequency is crystal-controlled and is, therefore, stable to approximately 1 part in 105. The dielectric constant of the liquid sample is determined by measuring the current between the outer and inner cylinders of the probe. With a stable voltage source and precisely known probe parameters, it is possible to display the dielectric constant directly. Calibration is simple using the back panel adjustment with a liquid of known dielectric constant.

The probe has an open structure and is easy to clean. It is constructed from two precision cylinders, machined from type 316 stainless steel. Six Teflon balls maintain the cylinder spacing. If the probe is used primarily with low-dielectric constant hydrocarbon fluids, we recommend cleaning by agitation in acetone or ethyl alcohol, followed by gentle drying with clean compressed air. The probe must be cleaned before any residue dries on the cylinders. Since the probe is made of stainless steel and Teflon®, it may be cleaned in almost any solvent.

Features at a glance
  • Absolute Accuracy to ± 2%
  • High and medium sensitivity ranges
  • Fast and easy to use
  • Compact size
  • Rugged, reliable and easy to clean

Overview

Overview

Good zeta potential determinations of suspended colloidal particles depend on an accurate knowledge of the dielectric constant of the liquid. For a range of particles of interest a number of different liquids may be used, including mixtures of various proportions creating the need for an accurate measurement of dielectric constant. While literature values of dielectric constants are suitable when using pure liquids values are not readily available for mixtures of liquids. There are no generally acceptable methods of calculating values for mixtures from pure component values. For example, weighting by mole fraction leads to errors of 17% and 6% for the two mixtures given in the table below. Weighting by volume leads to errors of -8% for Methanol/Water and 2.4% for Dichloro Methane/Benzene respectively.

Measurement Principles

Operation

The BI-870 has two selectable sensitivity ranges: 1-20 and 1-200. Absolute accuracy is ± 2% while repeatability and linearity are better than 0.2%. The measurement signal applied to the outer cylinder of the probe is a low-distortion sine wave at a frequency of 10 kHz. The amplitude is approximately 7 volts rms on the 1-20 range and 0.7 volts on the 1-200 range. The frequency is crystal-controlled and is, therefore, stable to approximately 1 part in 105. The dielectric constant of the liquid sample is determined by measuring the current between the outer and inner cylinders of the probe. With a stable voltage source and precisely known probe parameters, it is possible to display the dielectric constant directly. Calibration is simple using the back panel adjustment with a liquid of known dielectric constant.

 

Probe

The probe has an open structure and is easy to clean. It is constructed from two precision cylinders, machined from type 316 stainless steel. Six Teflon balls maintain the cylinder spacing. If the probe is used primarily with low-dielectric constant hydrocarbon fluids, we recommend cleaning by agitation in acetone or ethyl alcohol, followed by gentle drying with clean compressed air. It is important that the probe be cleaned before any residue dries on the cylinders. Since the probe is made of stainless steel and Teflon®, it may be cleaned in almost any solvent.

BI-870 Dielectric Constant Measurements for Common Liquids
MaterialTemperatureMeasured
Dielectric Constant
Published1
Dielectric Constant
% Difference2
Cyclohexane250C2.032.0150.7
Ethyl acetate250C6.056.020.5
Dichloro methane250C8.929.073-1.6
Methanol250C33.232.631.7
De-ionized Water250C
240C
230C
79.3
79.9
80.2
78.54
78.90
79.27
1.0
1.3
1.2
Dichloro methane +
Cyclohexane4
250C5.35N/A
Methanol +
Water4
250C61.2N/A
1. CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.
2. %Difference = [(Measured – Published)/Published] x 100.
3. Corrected for temperature to match 25 °C measurements.
4. Liquids were mixed 1:1 by volume at 25 °C.

Specifications

Specifications

Full Scale SensitivityDielectric Constant of 1-20 and 1-200
Maximum Conductivity of SampleRange 1-20: 1 µS/cm; Range 1-200: 10 µS/cm,(
Accuracy2% Absolute; Repeatability and Linearity 0.2%
Probe MaterialsStainless Steel and Teflon®
Minimum Liquid Required~23 mL, standard probe.
Power Requirements100/115/220/240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 10 watts
Dimensions190mm x 240mm x 70mm
Operating Temperature22-58 °C
Measurement SignalLow-distortion 10 kHz sine wave
DisplayBacklit LCD
OutputAnalog Recorder (optional or customer supplied), Full Scale Reading 1.999 V
CalibrationBack Panel Adjustment with Reference Liquid

A policy of continual improvement may lead to specification changes

Download Brochure

Available Downloads 

BI-870 Brochure PDF

Options & Accessories

Accessories

BI-870 Probe  Replacement dielectric constant probe for BI-870
BI-BR870Replacement rack to hold glass cells
BI-RCG870Box of 36 glass cells with 50 caps

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