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Measure viscosity in oil and oil products

Viscosity plays a key role in many production processes in the petrochemical industry. A quick and correct measurement of all kinds of oil products (fuels, crude oil, fuel oil) influences storage, handling, operational conditions and/or makes quality control more efficient, depending on the type of instrument. In heavy processes such as combustion technology, a viscosity meter is used for efficient pumping and loading and plays an important role in controlling combustion efficiency. Do you wish to improve the reaction speed of brake oil? Even then, knowing the viscosity parameter is important for success. With the knowledge about this parameter you are able to control the viscosity of your product,control your process (real-time) and production costs. However, an inline viscosity analyzer has more measurable benefits.

How do you know what the right (inline) viscosity analyzer is for your process?

After all, there are different analyzers on the market that use different measurement methods that can be used (inline) in petrochemical processes. The ATSM standard is important in the petrochemical industry.

The capillary technique is often mentioned in the same breath as the ATSM standard and this is still widely used within the petrochemical industry. However, the capillary technique requires a lot of time, because a sample is tasks manually (lab measurement). The system also requires a lot of maintenance. If you can prove that you are using a system that is equivalent to capillary technology, you can apply it and measure inline.

The Thermoset from Sofraser is the system that is found to be equivalent to capillary technology and with which you can perform the measurement inline. The analyzer uses a MIVI sensor based on vibration technology. This technique measures the resistance of a liquid to vibrations with a vibration rod (vibration amplitude). A resonator is immersed in a liquid and the degree of damping is measured to determine the viscosity. This measurement is not only many times faster, but also maintenance-free. No wonder that many large companies have already found their way to this instrument.

Air Liquide: “We needed a solution for viscosity measurement with very good accuracy, usable for various process conditions, easy communication with our systems and a wide range for temperature and pressure. We have looked at five different systems. The Sofraser MIVI viscometer came out of the test as the best in its class in every category. "

Measure viscosity and density under high pressure in oil and oil products

The MIVI sensor from Sofraser is a viscosity meter with resonance frequency that has been providing reliable and flexible viscosity measurements in many different processes for 30 years, including in all kinds of oil products such as fuels, crude oil and fuel oil. The updated MIVI sensor from Sofraser has even more to offer: in addition to the dynamic viscosity, the density is also measured and the kinematic viscosity can be determined. Because the sensor is ATEX certified, performs under high pressure and at high temperature, the measurement is extremely suitable for demanding processes and demanding environments. For example in combustion technology within the shipping industry, but also for industrial heat technology and large heating installations.

The MIVI analyzer from Sofraser is available in various designs and additional options. And there are various mounting options such as wall mounting (in a reactor or vessel), in-line (bypass) and in a measuring chamber (for small and flexible pipes).

Interested how the inline viscosity analyzer benefits your organisation?

The range of viscosity meters for oil and oil products can be overwhelming. Techniques are sometimes found to be complex and the investments are often significant. To relieve you, we only work with the best solutions from renowned brands. Our product managers and service engineers ensure that your viscosity meter fits seamlessly into your process and provide installation training and (preventive) maintenance. Contact our product managers today for more information.


Interested how the inline viscosity analyzer benefits your organisation?

Contact the Inventech product managers about viscosity today