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Publication numberUS2083074 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 8, 1937
Filing dateOct 1, 1935
Priority dateOct 1, 1935
Publication numberUS 2083074 A, US 2083074A, US-A-2083074, US2083074 A, US2083074A
InventorsOtto Maass
Original AssigneeOtto Maass
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Method and apparatus for determining the consistency of pulp suspensions
US 2083074 A
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o. MAASS 2,083,074

METHOD AND APPARATUS EOR DETERMINING THE GONSISTENCY OF PULP SUSPENSIONS June 8, 1937.

. INVENTOR o'rro IHAASS Patented June 8, 1937 PATENT OFFICE METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETER MIN ING THE CONSISTENCY OF PULP SUS- PENSIONS Otto Maass, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Application October 1, 1935, Serial No. 43,073

3- Claims.

This invention relates to a method and apparatus for determining the consistency of aqueous suspensions such, for example, as pulp suspensions used in the manufacture of pulp and pa- 5 per products.

According to this invention a pair of electric cells are immersed in the same pulp suspension so that both cells are subjected to the same temperature variations and are equally affected by 10 changes in the conductivity and other characteristics of the liquid component of said suspension. The electrodes of one cell are protected by a screen to exclude pulp constituents from the space between these electrodes while per- 5 mitting theJiquid component of the suspension to have free access to such space. The electrodes of the remaining cell are left unprotected so that both the liquid and the pulp constituents have free access to the space between these unprotected electrodes. The two cells are balanced against each other or otherwise included in a suitable electrical net work so that the ratio of the resistance between the electrodes of the protected cell (a) to the resistance between the electrodes of the unprotected cell (b) may be readily determined as a measure of the consistency of the suspension. In this connection it will be understood that the volume of conducting liquid (water) between the protected electrodes remains constant due to exclusion of 1 the pulp constituents whereas the volume of conducting liquid between the unprotected electrodes is diminished by the presence of the nonconductive pulp constituents. Consequently, the value of the resistance ratio 0/1) of the two cells varies according to the amount of pulp present I in the suspension.

One form of apparatus which may be used in accordance with this invention is illustrated in 40 the accompanying drawing, in which- Fig. 1 is a diagrammatic representation of a simple embodiment of the present invention as used for determining the consistency of a pulp suspension flowing through a conduitof a 45 pulp circulating system. 7

' Fig. 2 is an enlarged view of the protected cell, showing the arrangement of the electrodes and the electrode protecting screen.

Fig. 3 is an enlarged view of the unprotected cell.

50 Referring more particularly to the drawing, 5 and 6 designate electric cells immersed in a pulp suspension 1 flowing through a conduit 8,

said conduit representing part of a pulp circulat in: systemuaed inv a pulp or paper mill.

cells 5 and 6 is The exact structure of the not a vital feature of this invention and may be modified to suit the exigencies of particular installations. As here shown, each cell comprises a pyrex tube Shaving its lower portion branched to provide opposing laterally spaced legs l0 and II. A platinum electrode I2 is secured to the inner surface of the leg ll] of each cell directly opposite a similar electrode 13 secured to the inner surface of the companion leg H. Theelec- 10 trode l2 of cell 5 and the electrode 13 of cell 6 are connected by conductors l5 and IE to opposite sides of a suitable high frequency alternating current source H. The remaining electrode I3 of cell 5 is directly connected to the 5 remaining electrode l2 of cell 6 by conductor l8. A Kohlrausch slidewire arrangement I9 is connected across the conductors l5 and IS in series with suitable resistances and 2|, said resistances being located at opposite sides of the 20 slidewire arrangement. Suitable earphones appearing at 22 are connected between the cells and the slidewire pointer l8a. by means of conductors 22a. and 22b.

The principal feature of this invention consists in excluding the pulp constituents from the space between the electrodes of cell 5 while permitting both the pulp and liquid components of the suspension to have free access to the space between the electrodes of cell 6. This is conveniently accomplished by providing a suitable pulp excluding screen 23 around the legs l0 and H of cell 5, as shown to advantage in Fig. 2. This screen may consist of a wrapping of gauze, woven wire cloth, or other water permeable material of sufiiciently fine mesh to prevent passage of the pulp constituents through the interstices thereof.

Since the pulp constituents are excluded from the space between the electrodes of cell 5 it fol- 40 lows that the ratio of the resistances of the two cells will vary according to the concentration of pulp in the space between the electrodes of cell 6. This variation may be noted by using the earphones and moving the pointer l8a over the slidewire scale divisions until the null point is reached, that is, the point at which no sound is audible in the earphones. The reading thus obtained may be checked against a standard reading taken with the same volume of conducting liquid present between the electrodes of both cells.

The sensitivity of the apparatus described herein is materially increased by the provision of the resistances 20 and 2| which serve to magnity any change in the ratio of the resistances of measured.

the two cells due to a change-in consistency of e the pulp suspension 1. If, for example, the slidewire has a resistance of 6 ohms and 10 ohms resistance are introduced on either side of it by means of the resistances 20 and 2| the total resistance of the slidewire system is thus increased to 26 ohms of which the slidewire contributes only 6. Therefore, any small change in the ratio of the resistance of cells 5 and 6 is indicated by a relatively large swing of the pointer |8a over the scale divisions of the slidewire. y

In this apparatus the use of an alternating current source I! is resorted to in order to minimize polarization. The main advantage of this invention is that it makes possible the provision of a very simple apparatus capable of making accurate, instantaneous determinations of pulp concentrations. Another advantage is that the apparatus may be readily inserted in any system where circulation of pulp is taking place and gives readings which are not affected by variations in the liquid components of the suspension such, for example, as variations intemperature'and concentration of dissolved salts. The sensitivity of the apparatus is such that differences in concentration of 0.01% are readily detected and Having thus described my invention, what I claim is:--

1. A method of determining the consistency of a pulp suspension which comprises immersing two pairs of electrodes in said suspension, ex-

cluding pulp constituents of the suspension from the space between the electrodes of one pair so that the resistance of the path between such electrodes is determined solely by the conductivity of the liquid component of the suspension whereas the resistance of the path between the electrodes of the remaining pair is determined by the consistency of the suspension, and noting the ratio of the resistances of said paths. 1

2. A method of determining the consistency of a pulp suspension which comprises immersing net work including means for indicating variations in the ratio of the resistances of said paths.

3. Apparatus for determining the consistency of a pulp suspension comprising a pair of cells immersed in said suspension,.a liquid permeable screen serving to exclude pulp constituents from the space between the electrodes of one cell while permitting the liquid component of the it spension tohave free access to such space, the electrodesof the remaining cell being left unprotected so that the suspension forms a conducting path therebetween having a resistance detcrminedby the consistency of the suspension and means for indicating the ratio of the resistances of said paths. I

. OTTO MAASS.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification324/442, 162/198, 162/380, 73/73, 73/53.3, 324/431, 210/96.1
International ClassificationG01N15/06
Cooperative ClassificationG01N15/0656
European ClassificationG01N15/06D