Gas pycnometry is a non-destructive technique that uses gas displacement to measure volume accurately, making it ideal for testing true density.
Using a helium pycnometer, we simply seal a sample of known weight into the compartment, which is maintained at a constant temperature. Helium is then added into the system. The pressures in the sample compartment in the helium pycnometer equilibrate. As helium is a small molecule, it is able to penetrate into sample pores. This equilibrated pressure is used with the gas law to allow the volume of the sample to be calculated. The pressure is then released from the system and the sample is removed.
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