Weighing Application Compendium Density Determination

 Last updated: 10/14/2022


Density determination has a history dating back to ancient Greece. Famed scholar Archimedes (287–212 B.C.) was the first person to define a method of measuring density by immersing a solid sample in water and then using the displayed liquid volume and a reference sample to determine sample density. 

Today, density measurement is an important part of quality control (QC) of raw materials and goods. While underlying principles remain the same, advanced instruments with guided protocols have simplified density measurement using buoyancy or displacement methods or pycnometers. 

This compendium is a comprehensive guide to methods of density determination, application examples and measurement accuracy. 

  • Document type: Compendium PDF
  • Page count: 44
  • Read time: 8 minutes

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Key Takeaways:

  • General principles, including important definitions and formulas 
  • Gravimetric methods of density determination: Buoyancy, displacement and pycnometers
  • Other methods: Oscillating U-tube, vibration and suspension methods
  • Applications: Solids, powders, granules, liquids, dispersions
  • Error and accuracy of density determination
  • Comparison of methods for density determination

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