This equipment is a sedimentation balance occasionally used for determining the particle size distribution of subsieve metal powders. The powder is suspended in air by projecting the sample with a burst of nitrogen through a deagglomerating device consisting of a conical annulus into the settling chamber.

The chamber consists of a thermally insulated vertical aluminum tube with a 10 cm (3.94 in.) inside diameter that is 2.5 m (8.20 ft) high. The pan of an automatic balance that weighs the amount of powder settling on it is located at the bottom of the chamber. A recorder calculates the cumulative weight of powder settled as a function of time. Particle size distribution is calculated from this value on the basis of Stokes's law. Particle size distribution ranging from 2 to 100 /'m can be determined with this instrument. One limitation of the method is the tendency of powder particles of various sizes to cling to the wall of the column.

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