I am an electrician apprentice in charge of a large number of pH-sensors/transmitters at a power plant and chemical plant.
I do all the pH-instrumentation related maintenance, calibration, adjustments etc.
By studying pH measurements I have learned about the Nernst equation. The transmitter is able to (via an inbuild Pt1000 sensor) automatically keep the temperature variable in the Nernst equation constantly updated.
However, I have also learned that pH bear no meaning unless a temperature of the measured medium is specified. The transmitter is ALSO able to compensate for this variability, however. This is done by heating up a sample of the process medium and noting down the pH difference at various temperatures. This information can be plotted into a matrix in the transmitter.
HOWEVER, since the process medium composition is ever changing at the plant I work at (waste incineration) this matrix can't be made.
Seeing that many of the proces temperatures at the plant are anywhere between 40 and 80 degree celcius, how large of a discrepancy am I looking at? I know that both chemical composition and temperatures dertermine how much, but realistically, what are we talking about? 0,1 difference in pH? 0,5 difference? More? Worst case? Best case?
Thanks in advance.