Miss these Guidelines and you may Waste Time & Money
To select the ideal microbalance consider 3 factors. First, establish the sample’s state of matter and phase transitions. Next, determine if it is a dynamic or at rest measurement. Finally, specify the largest and smallest sample sizes.
Steady state samples benefit from conventional balance: SLS. Thermogravimetric mass analysis requires TGA instrumentation. Dynamic vapour deposition benefits from TEOM systems.
SLS: Solid & Liquid Samples Common laboratory mass samples in a solid or liquid state. The design does not allow for aerosol mass determination.
Instrument Video: 1’23” https://lnkd.in/gxyGhAwm
TGA: Thermogravimetric Analysis
Continuous thermal mass sorption analysis over time. Results for: ab/ad/des-sorption, phase change, redox, … Animation Video: 4’33”https://lnkd.in/gxniZHNp
TEOM ™ Tapered Element Oscillating Microbalance
Real time aerosol mass particles detection. Sensitive to mechanical noise and temperature change.
Operation Video: 1’29” https://lnkd.in/gYBmyayH
Determine the maximum and minimum sample sizes. Establish the accuracy level for those samples. Calculate the maximum allowable accuracy tolerance.
Available in single capacity and multi-range capacity. Multi-range capacity models tend to compromise accuracy. Resolution usually maxes out at 7 orders of magnitude.
RANGES vs RESOLUTION
Hundreds: 250 g – 100 g Semi
Tens: 50 g – 10 g Micro
Units: 6 g – 2 g Ultra
It determines the highest achievable accuracy. Accuracy can only be as consistent as your repeatability. Specified as percent of capacity: a) 5% b) 100%
Instrumentation accuracy depends on the mass class it is adjusted with. Internal calibration is a convenient method to calibrate on the fly. External calibration allows multi adjustment points and verification
Basic units consist of a unified weighing chamber and display control unit. Advanced models have separate weigh modules along with detachable displays. Modular designs reduce electric noise and provide user convenience.
Always transport a microbalance on a pallet or equivalent. Equipment may be subject to permanent damage if shipped as a box. Damage may hide under linearity or random accuracy error.
The equation derived from one of Mettler’s online documentation. The standard deviation image has been extensively modified.