The SpectroVisc Q3000 series viscometers are the first truly portable, solvent-free, temperature-controlled 40C kinematic viscometers, providing high-accuracy measurements for easy detection of viscosity variations caused by contamination, mix-up and oil degradation. The devices were designed to determine kinematic viscosity in the field for applications where immediate results are essential for determining the health of critical equipment.
Features & Benefits
|Direct kinematic viscosity measurement||A measure of a liquid’s flow under the influence of gravity is provided at a constant temperature, so viscosity can be compared and trended with prior readings. Requires no density check, temperature measurement, instrument pre-configuration or calculation.|
|Split-cell capillary channel||Using a very small sample size; the sampling chamber controls temperature while infrared sensors measure flow and trajectory, delivering immediate results.|
|Self-contained with high-resolution touch screen, battery and microprocessor||Enables easy operation, in sunlight or low light, drawing minimal power for a 6-hour battery life. Requires no PC.|
|Small sample size||Small sample size of 60µl (about 4 drops) is easy to obtain without impacting lubricant level. Reduces waste.|
|Temperature controlled: 40°C ± 0.1°C||Each sample is held to a constant temperature for consistently accurate readings without additional pre-test measurements|
|Works with transparent and opaque oils||Provides accurate results for even the dirtiest samples.|
|No cleaning solvent necessary||Eliminates worry about solvent disposal in remote locations. Fewer items to carry.|
|Weighs less than 1.8 kg (4 lbs.)||Designed for remote locations, the SpectroVisc Q3000 series includes a hinged cover that protects the sample chamber and touch screen while being carried by hand, in a toolbox or in a knapsack.|
|Battery operated||Stays charged for more than 6 hours. Built-in universal charger for use worldwide; region-specific power cable included.|
The SpectroVisc Q3000 family includes two models:
SpectroVisc Q3050 portable viscometer,
1-700 cSt @ 40° C
SpectroVisc Q3000 portable viscometer,
10-350 cSt @ 40° C
SpectroVisc Q3000 viscometers use a patented split cell design that enables measurement of kinematic viscosity using only a few drops (60µL) of oil. Operation of the device is simple; after loading ~60µl oil into the upper well of the chip, gravitational force causes the fluid sample to flow down the microchannel. A proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller is used with a heating element to effectively maintain the test cell temperature at 40°C to provide a true 40C kinematic viscosity measurement. After measurement, the test cell is simply wiped clean with a non-abrasive pad.
This viscometer operates as a Hele-Shaw cell, where Stokes flow is present between two parallel plates. The fluid passing between an LED and a photodiode causes a drop in the photodiode voltage. The average velocity of the fluid is calculated from the elapsed time between photodiodes and is then used to generate a kinematic viscosity for the measured sample.
- 40C kinematic viscosity of oils or any Newtonian fluid.
Conforms to ASTM WK40831 - "New Test Method for Field Determination of Kinematic Viscosity Using Microchannel Viscometer"
The SpectroVisc units can be ordered as a combination kit with the FluidScan® Q1000 portable infrared fluid condition monitors.
Resources & Downloads
- Datasheet SpectroVisc Q3000
- White Paper: Portable Kinematic Oil Analysis Solution for Field-Based Users
- Article: Oil Analysis Portable Solutions for Preventing Expensive Repairs
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