Clarity and degree of opalescence of liquids


Using identical test-tubes of colourless, transparent, neutral glass with a flat base and an internal diameter of 15-25 mm, compare the liquid to be examined with a reference suspension freshly prepared as described below, the depth of the layer being 40 mm. Compare the solutions in diffused daylight 5 min after preparation of the reference suspension, viewing vertically against a black background. The diffusion of light must be such that reference suspension I can readily be distinguished from water R, and that reference suspension II can readily be distinguished from reference suspension I.



A liquid is considered clear if its clarity is the same as that of water R or of the solvent used when examined under the conditions described above, or if its opalescence is not more pronounced than that of reference suspension I.


Hydrazine sulfate solution. Dissolve 1.0 g of hydrazine sulfate R in water R and dilute to 100.0 mL with the same solvent. Allow to stand for 4-6 h.


Hexamethylenetetramine solution. In a 100 mL ground-glass-stoppered flask, dissolve 2.5 g of hexamethylenetetramine R in 25.0 mL of water R.

乌洛托品(六亚甲基四胺)溶液 :在100ml容量瓶中,以25.0ml水溶解2.5g乌洛托品。

Primary opalescent suspension (formazin suspension).

To the examethylenetetramine solution in the flask add 25.0 mL of the hydrazine sulfate solution. Mix and allow to stand for 24 h. This suspension is stable for 2 months, provided it is stored in a glass container free from surface defects. The suspension must not adhere to the glass and must be well mixed before use.


Standard of opalescence. Dilute 15.0 mL of the primary opalescent suspension to 1000.0 mL with water R. This suspension is freshly prepared and may be stored for up to 24 h.


Reference suspensions. Prepare the reference suspensions according to Table 2.2.1.-1. Mix and shake before use.


Table 1.-1

Turbidity standard. The formazin suspension prepared by mixing equal volumes of the hydrazine sulfate solution and the hexamethylenetetramine solution is defined as a 4000 NTU (nephelometric turbidity units) primary reference standard. Reference suspensions I, II, III and IV have values of 3 NTU, 6 NTU, 18 NTU and 30 NTU respectively. Stabilised formazin suspensions that can be used to prepare stable, diluted turbidity standards are available commercially and may be used after comparison with the standards prepared as described.

浊度标准:乳光悬浊贮备液[硫酸肼溶液和乌洛托品(六亚甲基四胺)溶液以等量体积混合]定为4000NTU(比浊测定法的浊度单位)储备液对照标准.浊度标准液I, II, III IV相应的NTU值分别是3 NTU, 6 NTU, 18 NTU 30 NTU。稳定的乳光悬浊贮备液可用于稀释制备浊度标准,具有现实的商业价值,也可以与上述的标准化制备进行较。

Formazin has several desirable characteristics that make it an excellent turbidity standard. It can be reproducibly prepared from assayed raw materials. The physical characteristics make it a desirable light-scatter calibration standard. The formazin polymer consists of chains of different lengths, which fold into random configurations. This results in a wide assay of particle shapes and sizes, which analytically fits the possibility of different particle sizes and shapes that are found in the real samples. Due to formazin’s reproducibility, scattering characteristics and traceability, instrument calibration algorithms and performance criteria are mostly based on this standard.


instrumental methods Introduction


The degree of opalescence may also be determined by instrumental measurement of the light absorbed or scattered on account of submicroscopic optical density inhomogeneities of opalescent solutions and suspensions. 2 such techniques are nephelometry and turbidimetry. For turbidity measurement of coloured samples, ratio turbidimetry and nephelometry with ratio selection are used.


The light scattering effect of suspended particles can be measured by observation of either the transmitted light (turbidimetry) or the scattered light (nephelometry). Ratio turbidimetry combines the principles of both nephelometry and turbidimetry. Turbidimetry and nephelometry are useful for the measurement of slightly opalescent suspensions. Reference suspensions produced under well-defined conditions must be used. For quantitative measurements, the construction of calibration curves is essential, since the relationship between the optical properties of the suspension and the concentration of the dispersed phase is at best semi-empirical.


The determination of opalescence of colored liquids is done with ratio turbidimeters or nephelometers with ratio selection, since color provides a negative interference, attenuating both incident and scattered light and lowering the turbidity value. The effect is so great for even moderately colored samples that conventional nephelometers cannot be used.


The instrumental assessment of clarity and opalescence provides a more discriminatory test that does not depend on the visual acuity of the analyst. Numerical results are more useful for quality monitoring and process control, especially in stability studies. For example, previous numerical data on stability can be projected to determine whether a given batch of dosage formulation or active pharmaceutical ingredient will exceed shelf-life limits prior to the expiry date.



When a suspension is viewed at right angles to the direction of the incident light, the system appears opalescent due to the reflection of light from the particles of the suspension (Tyndall effect). A certain portion of the light beam entering a turbid liquid is transmitted, another portion is absorbed and the remaining portion is scattered by the suspended particles. If measurement is made at 90° to the light beam, the light scattered by the suspended particles can be used for the determination of their concentration, provided the number and size of particles influencing the scattering remain constant. The reference suspension must maintain a constant degree of turbidity and the sample and reference suspensions must be prepared under identical conditions. The Tyndall effect depends upon both the number of particles and their size. Nephelometric measurements are more reliable in low turbidity ranges, where there is a linear relationship between

nephelometric turbidity unit (NTU) values and relative detector signals. As the degree of turbidity increases, not all the particles are exposed to the incident light and the scattered radiation of other particles is hindered on its way to the detector. The maximum nephelometric values at which reliable measurements can be made lie in the range of 1750-2000 NTU. Linearity must be demonstrated by constructing a calibration curve using at least 4 concentrations.

散射比浊法当混悬液在垂直于入射光的方向观察,因混悬液粒子产生的反射,系统出现乳光 (丁达尔效应).。进入一个浑浊液的光束,一部分被透过,一部分被吸收,剩余部分被悬浊粒子散射。如果在与光束90°的方向检测,假如粒子数量和大小对散射的影响维持常数,可以用悬浊粒子的光散射来测定他们的浓度。照溶液的浊度必须保持不变,并且样品和对照混悬液在一样的条件下制备。丁达尔效应)依赖于粒子的大小和数量。在低浊度范围,光散射浊度法更可靠,散射法浊度单位值和有关检测器信号成线性。随浊浊度的增加,不是所有的粒子都能暴露在入射光下的,并且在到达检测器的途径中,其他粒子的散射光被阻碍。一个可靠的测量所能测量的最大散射浊度值是1750-2000 NTU。必须用至少4个浓度构建标准曲线来证明线性。


The optical property expressed as turbidity is the interaction between light and suspended particles in liquid. This is an expression of the optical property that causes light to be scattered and absorbed rather than transmitted in a straight line through the sample. The quantity of solid material in suspension can be determined by the measurement of the transmitted light. A linear relationship between turbidity and concentration is obtained when the particle sizes are uniform and homogeneous in the suspension. This is true only in very dilute suspensions containing small particles. Linearity between turbidity and concentration must be established by constructing a calibration curve using at least 4 concentrations.


Ratio Turbidimetry

In ratio turbidimetry the relationship of the transmission measurement to the 90° scattered light measurement is determined. This procedure compensates for the light that is diminished by the colour of the sample. The influence of the colour of the sample may also be eliminated by using an infrared light-emitting diode (IR LED) at 860 nm as the light source of the instrument. The instrument’s photodiode detectors receive and measure scattered light at a 90° angle from the sample as well as measuring the forward scatter (light reflected) in front of the sample along with the measurement of light transmitted directly through the sample. The measuring results are given in NTU(ratio) and are obtained by calculating the ratio of the 90° angle scattered light measured to the sum of the components of forward scattered and transmitted light values. In ratio turbidimetry the influence of stray light becomes negligible. Nephelometers are used for measurements ofthedegreeofopalescenceof;比率透射比浊法测定的是透视光的测量和90°方向上;

Table 2.2.1.-2



Requirements in monographs are expressed in terms of the visual examination method with the defined reference suspensions. Instrumental methods may also be used for determining compliance with monograph requirements once the suitability of the instrument as described below has been established and calibration with reference suspensions I-IV and with water R or the solvent used has been performed.


Apparatus. Ratio turbidimeters or nephelometers with selectable ratio application use as light source a tungsten lamp with spectral sensitivity at about 550 nm operating at a filament colour temperature of 2700 K, or IR LED having an emission maximum at 860 nm with a 60 nm spectral bandwidth. Other suitable light sources may also be used. Silicon photodiodes and photomultipliers are commonly used as detectors and record changes in light scattered or transmitted by the sample. The light scattered at 90 ± 2.5° is detected by

the primary detector. Other detectors are those to detect back and forward scatter as well as transmitted light. The instruments used are calibrated against standards of known turbidity and are capable of automatic determination of turbidity. The test results expressed in NTU units are obtained directly from the instrument and compared to the specifications in the individual monographs.

仪器:使用可选择的比率浊度计和浊度计时,用钨灯作光源,在2700K的谱线标记温度时,钨灯在大约550nm处有特殊选择性,或者用在860nm处有最大发射并且有60nm光谱宽度的红外发光二级管。也可以使用其他合适的光源。常用硅制光电二极管和光电倍增管作检测器,并记录因样品产生的光散射或光透射的改变。主要检测器检测在90 ± 2.5°方向上的光散射。其他的检测器检测朝后和朝前的光散射,就像测光透射一样。使用的仪器用已知浊度的标准溶液来校正,并能够自动测定浊度。从仪器上直接获得用NTU单位表示的测定结果,并且,在个别文中与规定进行比较。

Instruments complying with the following specifications are suitable.


— Measuring units: NTU. NTU is based on the turbidity of a primary reference standard of formazin. FTU (Formazin Turbidity Units) or FNU (Formazin Nephelometry Units) are also used, and are equivalent to NTU in low regions (up to 40 NTU). These units are used in all 3 instrumental methods (nephelometry, turbidimetry and ratio turbidimetry).


— Measuring range: 0.01-1100 NTU.


— Resolution: 0.01 NTU within the range of 0-10 NTU, 0.1 NTU within the range of 10-100 NTU, and 1 NTU for the range > 100 NTU. The instrument is calibrated and controlled with reference standards of formazin.

分辨率:在0-10NTU范围内分辨率为0.01NTU,在10-100NTU范围内分辨率为 0.1NTU,在>100NTU范围内分辨率为1NTU。用福尔马肼的参比标准校正和控制仪器。

— Accuracy: 0-10 NTU: ± (2 per cent of reading + 0.01) NTU. 10-1000 NTU: ± 5 percent.

精确度:0-10 NTU±2%测量读数+0.01NTU10-1000 NTU: ± 5%

— Repeatability: 0-10 NTU: ± 0.01 NTU. 10-1000 NTU: ± 2 per cent of the measured value.

重复性:0-10 NTU± 0.01 NTU10-1000 NTU± 2%的测量值

— Calibration: with 4 reference suspensions of formazin in the range of interest.

Reference suspensions described in this chapter or suitable reference standards calibrated against the primary reference suspensions may be used.


— Stray light: this is a significant source of error in low level turbidimetric measurement;

stray light reaches the detector of an optical system, but does not come from the sample; < 0.15 NTU for the range 0-10 NTU, < 0.5 NTU for the range 10-1000 NTU. — 杂散光:在低水平的浊度测定中,杂散光是主要的误差来源。杂散光就是能到达光学系

统的检测器,但不是由于样品而产生的光。0-10 NTU的范围内杂散光< 0.15 NTU10-100NTU的范围内杂散光< 0.5 NTU

Instruments complying with the above characteristics and verified using the reference suspensions described under Visual method may be used instead of visual examination for determination of compliance with monograph requirements.


Instruments with range or resolution, accuracy and repeatability capabilities other than those mentioned above may be used provided they are sufficiently validated and are capable for the intended use. The test methodology for the specific substance/product to be analysed must also be validated to demonstrate its analytical capability. The instrument and methodology should be consistent with the attributes of the product to be tested.




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