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, Volume: 16( 3) DOI: 0974-7443/tsct-2020-05

Boiling Point Determination Apparatus

Jennifer Stewart
Faculty of Chemical Engineering, University of Canberra, Australia

Received: March 08, 2021; Accepted: March 18, 2021; Published: March 29,2021

Citation: Stewart J. Boiling Point Determination Apparatus. Chem Technol Ind J. 2021;16(3):141.


The apparatus described here makes it easier to determine the typical boiling point of a sample of around one-third ml. of any liquid that does not attack mercury or glass, in the range of 30°C to 200°C. There are no computed corrections for variations in atmospheric pressure or for emergent thermometric columns, and superheating is not necessary because the approach is static.The operation is quick, and the equipment is easy to use, clean, and charge. This approach may be used to find the boiling points of mixtures that change composition during distillation just as easily as it can be used to estimate the boiling points of pure liquids or azeotropes.


The present-day precision of the device is 0.l°C. It is made out of a glass U-tube with a 7-mm diameter bore and a longer limb of about 150 mm; the shorter limb is about 90 mm long and can be closed with a ground glass stopper P. The mercury cup M is encircling the plug. From a datum line near the curve, both limbs are graduated in millimetres. Mercury is put into the clean, dry tube after the plug P is removed. A glak rok at the Scots College in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. When the limbs are vertical, mercury is added until it reaches halfway up the scale on the shorter limb. The longer limb is then fitted with a rubber tube, the other end of which is connected to a stopcock and pressure bulb. The mercury in the shorter limb is forced to rise by working the bulb and stopcock until it comes within roughly 2 mm of the ground socket for the lamp plug. On the mercury in the shorter limb, about one-third ml. of the liquid whose boiling point is to be determined is poured. A pipet is used to remove any air bubbles that have adhered to the mercury or glass. The glass plug is inserted into its socket, taking care not to trap any air. The plug is held in place by springs or a rubber hand attached to the plug and mercury cup's horns. The rubber tube is then removed from the longer limh and mercury is poured into the mercury cup to seal the plug. The charged U-tube is clamped vertically in a large beaker containing a transparent liquid with a high boiling point, such as medical parah. A tiny plumbline is lowered down the longer limb to confirm verticality of the limbs. The bulb of a short-stem thermometer calibrated for total immersion is clamped towards the middle of the scale on the shorter limb, and the graduation reflecting the sample's expected boiling point is immersed in the bath liquid. The beaker is heated by placing it on an asbestos pad with a central hole where a flame may be seen immediately on the beaker's bottom. The bath water is constantly churned by raising and lowering a huge annular metal stirrer mechanically or manually. At sea-level, the barometric height is measured and converted to an equivalent column of ice-cold mercury.

The menisci in both limbs are read; it makes no difference whether or not vaporisation has begun. Let's call these readings a and b mm., with the lowest graduation of each scale equal to 0. When the hath temperature reaches the sample's expected boiling point, the flame is adjusted so that the bath temperature climbs no more than 0.5" per minute. When the sample reaches the boiling point, it begins to evaporate and the mercury below it is depressed, causing the mercury in the longer limb to rise. When the mercury in the longer limb reaches the graduation provided by the formula (H+a+b-760) mm, the thermometer is read as a result of the disparity in mercury levels. is such that it compensates for the change in H from 760 mm, and the sample's vapour pressure is then 760 mm. The flame is slightly shifted, so that it does not directly, through the hole in the middle of the asbestos mat. It's a carpet, and for that reason the temperature is slowly dropping. The cooling rate can be easily adjusted to be less than 0.5 per min. The condensation slowly and occurs in both the short and the branches the mercury soars. The temperature of the water rises and falls to the boiling point/boiling range not differ by less than 0.1 degrees. It has been found that the depth of the layer of liquid sample at the time of the reading, the boiling point is about 3 mm in diameter. and that is the height of the vapour column to the top of the of less than 40 mm. Thus, the volume of it is around 13 times the volume of the liquid. The weight of the vapour, for a fraction of the weight of the fluid; for the water, and it is about one percent of the time. The current system is much easier to work with than the nearly comparable. During the charging of the tube, the sample is subjected to partial evaporation in these latter procedures. However, the current apparatus avoids the indefinite change in composition that this causes in liquid combinations.

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