Pressure Pyknometers

A fundamental calibration method for hydrocarbon density meters.

Simple, Portable, Traceable

Pyknometry is the most reliable way of calibrating density meters. It is the only calibration method which overcomes possible measurement errors such as liquid viscosity, flow rate, temperature, mounting torque, pressure, position and vibration.

HDF's Pressure Pyknometry System Mark 5 (PPS5) provides a fool proof way of calibrating crude oil density meters in-situ, and is fully compliant with API Chapter 9.4 and VNIIM / GOST MI 2816–2011.

This measurement system is capable of determining density to better than 0.1 kg/m³ at the 95% confidence level.

All aspects of the PPS5 are calibrated traceably to recognised national standards held by the UK National Physical Laboratory and other National Measurement Institutes. A full set of calibration certificates is provided.

What is a Pyknometer?

A pyknometer is a stainless steel pressure vessel which is used to calibrate crude oil density meters. Pyknometry gives direct verification of the density meter’s reading, and so enables very accurate calibration of the instrument in-situ. Unlike secondary techniques, such as transfer densitometers, pyknometry is a fundamental calibration method which allows traceable calibration of on-line density meters at their on-line conditions.

The HDF pressure pyknometer, through its unique design, ensures accurate measurements, and is simple to use.

How are Pyknometers used?

Pyknometry is a simple and foolproof calibration method.

Two empty and clean pyknometers are weighed and connected in series to the flowing oil directly downstream of the density meter to be calibrated.

The pyknometers are then filled with a representative sample of oil at the same temperature and pressure as the oil flowing through the density meter. The system measures the pressure immediately upstream and downstream of the pyknometers so that the average value gives the pyknometer pressure.

Once the pyknometers have stabilised at the oil temperature, the valves are closed. The pyknometers are then are removed from the pipeline, the outsides are cleaned, and they are reweighed.

The oil density at density meter conditions is then calculated from the mass of oil in the pyknometers, the volume of the pyknometers at the measured temperature and pressure, and the air density.

An independent density is calculated for each pyknometer. The two independent results can then be checked against each other, as per the GOST requirements.

The illustrated operators’ manual describes this process in detailed, easy-to-follow steps.

A Comprehensive Calibration System

The PPS5 is fully portable, for easy transport by air. All the equipment that you need is fitted into five toughened polypropylene cases. All cases are water resistant, dustproof, and crushproof, and can be locked for security.

Ordering Pressure Pyknometer Systems

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