Definition - What does Calorimeter mean?

A calorimeter is a device that is used to measure the heat capacity, physical changes and the heat released from a chemical reaction. There are different types of calorimeters that are used in industries across the world. Ideally, a simple calorimeter is nothing but a thermometer which is attached to a metal container that contains water and is hanged over a combustion chamber. An array of calorimeters can be utilized to measure the changing heat temperature, pressure, energy change and physical changes in different sectors of the industry. This instrument is helpful in reading the data, which can be used to determine various factors.

Petropedia explains Calorimeter

A calorimeter can be used in a number of places such as an oil wellbore, to determine the calorific value or emission factor of the fuels, physical changes, and temperature to name a few. Since this device is capable of measuring various changes, such as heat, temperature and pressure that can take place during chemical reactions, it is widely employed in the oil and gas industry. For example, a heat flow calorimeter is useful in measuring the temperature difference that takes place between the heat transfer fluid and fluid used during the process. Similarly, a calorimeter can be employed during a calorific test to determine the gross calorific value of liquid or biomass fuels.

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