The SZ10T dissolved Oxygen electrode is a MPOD (Membrane-covered Polarographic Oxygen Detector) system. This model is a galvanic type. The external portion of the electrode is constructed of stainless steel or Delrin. The internal portion of the electrode is constructed of 316 L stainless steel enclosing a Lead anode and a Platinum cathode. A thin Teflon-FEP membrane, provides for efficient sealing of the cathode/anode and electrolyte within the cylinder. The membrane is permeable to Oxygen but impermeable to water and electrolyte.
Now the electrode should be ready for use. Start and complete the calibration procedure following the manual of the device, before starting the measurements.
Mind that after disassembling/reassembling the electrode for any reason, this procedure should be followed again.
The electrolyte may be worn out after some time of use, or dried out when left in air for some time. Then it is required to replenish it the same way as here described.
Check the correct position of the O-ring, insert the capsule and push it to its final position using the supplied stick, check the membrane.
The zero current of the O2 electrode is usually negligibly small. Nonetheless, the electrode zero point should be periodically checked as some electrode faults result in an excessive zero current. Checking the zero point is necessary before the measurement of low oxygen concentration.
Zero point checking may be effected in both pure nitrogen and in water saturated with nitrogen. An alternative is the use of a freshly prepared 2% bisulfite solution.
The saturation of water with nitrogen takes several minutes. Checking with pure nitrogen gas is faster and more reliable. The zero point can be read after about 5 minutes.
Calibration is usually effected at Oxygen saturation since it is the easiest method. Calibration causes the DO reading to be adjusted to 100% saturation. As it is dependent on pressure, the calibration should be effected under operating pressure.
The preferred method for calibrating an Oxygen electrode is using air-saturated water. Alternatively can it be also done in the air that is water saturated (100% humidity). Always mind that the temperature and the air pressure influences the calibration and the measurements. So take care of stable environment conditions for the electrode.
Saturate distilled water in a vessel by purging air in it for approximately 20 minutes to create 100% air saturation. Perform the saturation of the solution under operating pressure. Allow the output signal to stabilise. Follow the instructions of the meter to calibrate the electrode at 100% saturation.