Viscosity sensor VLO-M1 for liquids

The VLO-M1 viscosity sensor measures the viscosity of a fluid in a microelectromechanical system (MEMS system). In the sensor, the medium is passed through a pressure gradient to the omega chip, an omega-shaped microchannel. This vibronic measuring system generates the measured values by setting a silicon tube in the chip into resonant oscillation and analyzing it. This is because the vibration quality depends on the viscosity of the liquid in the microchannel. At the same time – and independent of the viscosity – the density of the medium to be measured can be determined via the frequency of the microchannel. Since the temperature influences both viscosity and density, the temperature of the medium is also recorded in the chip in real time. In this way, the temperature effect can be compensated.

The measuring system, which is sub-millimeter in size, enables the sensor to be compactly built. It is only 80 mm x 30 mm x 15 mm in size and can therefore be accommodated even in tight spaces.  The measured values are transmitted to the higher-level system via an RS232 interface and the ASCII command protocol in the TrueDyne Sensors standard.

Datasheet
Applications

Monitoring of fuel concentrations

1. Test bench for testing motors. 2. Engine under test. 3. Fuel used for the test. 4. Engine oil used in the engine. 5. The quality of the engine oil is tested directly in the process, damage due to possible contamination can be avoided.
Specification
General
Measured variable: 

Viscosity, Density and several metries derived from them (e.g. standard density, concentration, etc.)

Permitted media:

Particle-free (<30 μm) Hydrocarbons such as

  • petrol E5 / E10 / E85
  • diesel B7 / B10 / XTL
  • Jet-A1 (also F-35 or JP-8)
  • M100 (methanol)
  • isopropanol

Other media may be used after individual clarification.

Performance
Accuracy of measurement:

Viscosity: ±[0.2 mPa s + 5% of measured value]
Density: ±[0.2 or 0.01 x abs (T-25 °C)] kg/m³ if the value is >0.2
Temperature: ±[0.15 or. ±[0.0075 x abs(T-25 °C)] °C if the value is >0.15

Repeatability

Viscosity: ±0.1 mPa s
Density: ±0.1 kg/m³
Temperature: ±0.05 °C

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Temperature conditions
Permitted medium temperature:

-20…+60 °C

Permitted ambient temperature:

-20…+60 °C

Permitted storage temperature:

-20…+60 °C

Application
Permitted density measurement range:

600 … 1000 kg / m³ (Option 0 … 1000 kg / m³)

Permitted viscosity range

0 … 5 mPa s (Option 0 … 50 mPa s)

Permitted process pressure range:

0 … 20 bar (absolute)
Bursting pressure 80 bar (absolute)

Permitted particle size:

Max. 30 μm

Permitted flow range:

0 … 10 l/h (water)

Vibrations:

Due to the high operating frequency of the micro channel, vibrations (<20 kHz) do not affect the measuring accuracy.

Inlet and outlet runs:

Inlet and outlet runs do not affect the measuring accuracy.

Ambient conditions
Climate class: 

IEC/EN 60068-2-1
IEC/EN 60068-2-2
IEC/EN 60068-2-30

Electromagnetic compatibility:

EMV 2014/30/EU (EN 61326-1)

Vibration and shock resistance:

IEC/EN 60068-2-6
IEC/EN 60068-2-27
IEC/EN 60068-2-64

Material
Material housing: 

Stainless steel:

  • 1.4404 (316L)
  • 1.4542 (AISI/SUS 630)

Medium wetted material:

Stainless steel:

  • 1.4542 (AISI/SUS 630)

BOROFLOAT® 33 glass
Silicon
Epoxy resin

Dimensions / design
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Dimensions:

30 mm x 66 mm x 15 mm (without cable and cable bushing)

Weight:

<150 g

Dimensions measuring channel:

160 x 200 μm (500 nl)

Housing protection:

IPx4, IPx5, IPx6, IPx7 (IEC 60529)

Fluidic interfaces
Fluidic interfaces:

2 x M5 threaded holes with an angle of 45° to the side and the front surface

Electrical interfaces
Cable type:

Fixed installed cable

Cable length:

3 m

Outer diameter of cable:

2.3 mm

Diameter of cores:

4 x AWG 28

Lead of gage:

Digital communication line and power supply in a common shielded cable

Communication:

Continuous, without the need for a command from the outside
Hardware
Standard RS232
Proprietary ASCII output string

Ausgabestring_TrueDyne_VLO

Power supply:

Power connection DC 5 to 12 V (max. 400 mW) via power unit with safety extra low voltage (SELV) or protective extra low voltage (PELV)

Data rate:

10 Saps
(Option acyclique with 100 ms response time)

Cable occupation:

white: VDD (supply voltage)
brown: GND (signal ground)
green: RX (input)
yellow: TX (output)

Note: The cable assignment corresponds to the view of the sensor (VLO-M1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energieversorgung:

Netzanschluss DC 5…12 V (max. 400 mW) über eine Netzteil mit Sicherheits-Kleinspannung (SELV) oder Schutz-Kleinspannung
(PELV)

Datenrate:

10 Werte/Sekunde (Saps)
(Option azyklisch Ansprechzeit 100 ms)

Kabelbelegung:

weiss: VDD (Versorgungsspannung)
braun: GND (Signalmasse)
grün: RX (Input)
gelb: TX (Output)

Hinweis: Die Kabelbelegung entspricht der Sichts des Sensors (VLO-M1)

Certificates and approvals
CE mark:

The density sensor meets the legal requirements of the EC Directives. TrueDyne Sensors AG confirms that the density sensor has been successfully tested by applying the CE mark.

RoHS:

All installed components meet the requirements of the RoHS directive.

Electromagnetic compatibility:

EMC 2014/30 / EU (EN 61326-1)

Product design
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Product Design: VLO-M1

  1. Housing
  2. Electronic interface for communication and power ­supply
  3. Drill holes for mechanical mounting (6 x M3 threaded holes)
  4. Fluidic interface (2 x M5 threaded holes)

 

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Mechanical mounting: VLO-M1

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Fluidic installation: VLO-M1