dronium ion (H3O+). The glass measurement electrode (see Figure 7.7.4) develops a potential when hydronium ions get close enough to the glass surface for hydrogen ions to associate with hydronium ions in an outer layer of the glass surface. This thin hydrated gel layer is essential for electrode response. The input to the pH measurement circuit is a potential difference between the external glass surface exposed to the process (Ej and the internal glass surface wetted by a 7 pH solution (E2). If the external glass surface is in exactly the same condition as the internal glass surface, the Nernst equation states that the potential difference in millivolts is proportional to the deviation of the process pH from 7 pH at 25°C.
Flat glass electrodes minimize glass damage and maximize a sweeping action to prevent fouling. A small button flat glass electrode has a range of 0 to 10 pH, and a large flush flat glass electrode has a range of 2 to 12 pH. High sodium ion concentrations and low hydrogen ion activity have a larger effect on flat glasses.
The photometer-type pH sensor shown in Figure 7.7.5 uses a fiber-optic sensor. It should be free of problems due to sodium ions, temperature, coating, and abrasion in a properly designed sample system. The time delay caused by the temperature lag in the sampling system and the higher cost and maintenance are disadvantages. Also, the color dyes are sensitive to oxidants.
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