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PSM 165

PSM 165 Pore Size Meter for analysis of pore size distributions of woven, non-woven fabrics and open-pore samples

The unique PSM 165 Pore Size Meter provides pore size information for a wide range of porous materials with applications in the field of filtration, hygiene and tissue engineering.
Capillary Flow Pore Size Meter PSM 165 frontside Capillary Flow Pore Size Meter PSM 165 with adapter
Materials that may be tested include filter papers, micro sieves, non-woven as well as woven materials and sintered polymers or metals. The operator of the pore size analyser is guided through the test procedure by an easy to use PSMWin software package running on a standard PC.


ASTM F316-03
ISO 4003
ISO 2942
ASTM D6767-11
DIN 66140
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  • high accuracy especially for pores > 10 µm, particularly relevant for non-woven fabrics and open-pore samples
  • open concept for sample holder, manual bubble point measurement is possible, which is necessary for particularly dense samples
  • customised sample holder adapted for the measurement of various test specimens


  • barrier effect and germ retention of textiles - multifilament woven
  • hygiene - capillary effect and suction power of absorbers of sanitary products
  • injection printing - capillary effect and typeface of print-out paper
  • cell cultivation - specific inner surface of carrier materials
  • filter materials - pressure loss characteristics and fractional efficiency
  • quality vontrol and incoming goods inspection

The basic principle of pore size measurements is that liquid filled pores will become gas permeable at a certain gas flow pressure. This initial differential pressure indicates the bubble point of a material.

As real materials contain a range of pore sizes, the bubble point corresponds to the opening pressure of the largest pore. The measured pressure value is dependent on the surface tension of the test fluid used.

By further increasing the gas flow rate, and therefore the pressure drop across the material under test, it is possible to calculate a pore size distribution from these two measured parameters.

The applied measuring principle is in close accordance with ASTM E 1294-89 and ASTM F 316-03 standards. In addition to test liquid Topor, measurements can be carried out with a range of other test liquids. To achieve reliable results the surface tension of the test fluid must be known and a sufficient wetting of the test sample has to be guaranteed.

Parameter title Unit Value
measuring range, pore size µm 0,25 ... 130
measurand(s) - pore size distribution, gas permeability
power supply V AC 110 ... 230
Betriebsmedium, test liquid - Topor
operating medium, gas/air - compressed air supply bar max. 6
dimensions (w × h × d) mm 480 x 390 x 310
weight kg 12
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