Particle size analysis for extended aerosols and sprays containing droplets or solid particles ranging from 0.5 µm to 3,500 µm in a flexible measurement setup

The laser diffraction sensor HELOS/KR-Vario is designed for particle size analyses of extended sprays and aerosol clouds containing droplets or solid particles ranging from 0.5 µm to 3,500 µm. The open measuring zone, which can be varied in its width, supports the flexible adaptation of the optical measurement system to individual customer requirements in challenging technical applications in laboratories or pilot plants.

Aerosol generators or atomizer nozzles with their spray cone can be directly positioned in the measuring zone of the standard profile, which offers a working depth of up to 1,400 mm. With the separable housing components of the HELOS/KR-Vario, it is also possible to integrate special structures such as wind tunnels or spray chambers in a measurement setup. Here, the light source and detector are mounted on their own profiles, positioned and adjusted – if necessary even over larger distances. Optional purge air nozzles ensure low contamination of the optical components and thus support the high availability of the overall system.

For the investigation of dynamic changes in the particle size distribution of an aerosol cloud or of a spray cone, a time-resolved data acquisition (pulsed measurement) is recommended. With a frequency of up to 2,000 measurements per second and a measuring duration of up to 1,000 seconds, the dynamic behaviour in continuous spray processes can also be tracked. If, by contrast, an averaged droplet size distribution over a longer period of time is of interest, then it is possible to start an individual measurement that integrates the measurement data over the defined period of time.

With time-segmented measurements, a subsequent investigation, selection and summary of time segments within a measurement are possible. This allows both temporal changes in droplet size distribution during the measurement to be investigated as well as location-dependent distributions of droplets recorded at different positions of the spray cone during a measurement. Multiple separate measurements are not required. Reports and diagrams document and visualise not only the droplet size distribution but also the temporal course of all data of the measurement as well as the segment selection on which the result is based.

The modular concept of the HELOS laser diffraction sensors allows this configuration to be systematically expanded with numerous dispersion units and dosing options to open up many more product-appropriate measuring applications. The HELOS/KR-Vario can be combined with all dispersing systems of the HELOS sensor family and is therefore deployable with conventional samples such as dry powders, suspensions and emulsions.

  • Particle and droplet size distribution
  • For aerosols and sprays
  • For analyses in laboratories, pilot plants, wind tunnels and at process lines
  • Time-resolved, time-segmented and time-integrated measurements
  • 5 high-resolution measuring ranges from 0.5 µm to 3,500 µm | R3 to R7T
  • Variable measuring zone from 123 mm to 1,400 mm with the standard profile
  • Measuring zones in excess of 1,400 mm are possible in a free arrangement
  • Combinable with all HELOS dispersing systems for a measuring range from 0.1 µm to 8,750 µm | R1 to R8
Agricultural Sprays

Agricultural Sprays

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