BOD-OxiDirect BOD Measurement System

BOD-OxiDirect,BOD,Measurement,SystemAccurate, Direct, Easy to use Flexible, (m=1-28 days) Environmentally-friendly.

Applications: Waste Water, Determination of Biological Activity, Waste Water Treatment plants, Analytical Laboratories, Research Centers, Universities


  • Direct sample selection

  • Accurate and direct display of BOD values in mg/l

  • User-friendly handling

  • User-selectable measuring period from

  • 1 to 28 days (BOD5, BOD7, OECD...)

  • Automatic storage of BOD values

  • Measuring ranges from 0-40 mg/l to 0-4000 mg/l BOD / sample volume related

  • Automatic start function following temperature equalisation of the samples

  • Mercury-free, environmentally-friendly BOD determination

  • Inductive stirring system with automatic re-centering of stirring rods

  • Interface RS 232

Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)

BOD – biochemical oxygen demand – is an expression for the quantity of oxygen required for biological degradation of organic matter in a waste water sample. BOD measurement is therefore used as a basis for the detection of biologically degradable organic matter in water. The difference between BOD and chemical oxygen demand (COD) is that the COD additionally registers biologically non-degradableorganic matter.

BOD measurement is therefore an important measure of the effects of domestic and industrial waste water on sewage plants and outflow points.

Manometric, respirometric BOD measurement using the AQUALYTIC® OxiDirect® BOD meter

The AQUALYTIC® sensor system OxiDirect® is a 6 sample system that allows precise measurement of BOD based on the manometric principle. Manometric respirometers relate oxygen uptake to the change in pressure caused by oxygen consumption while maintaining a constant volume. Thanks to the modern integral pressure sensors, it is no longer necessary to use mercury for pressure measurement.

The principle of respirometers by AQUALYTIC® OxiDirect®

BOD-OxiDirect,BOD,Measurement,SystemRespirometric methods provide direct measurement of the oxygen consumed by microorganisms from an air or oxygen-enriched environment in a closed vessel under conditions of constant temperature and agitation. Carbon dioxide produced metabolically by the bacteria is chemically bound by the potassium hydroxide solution contained in the seal cup in the bottle.

The result is a pressure drop in the system, which is directly proportional to the BOD value and is measured by the AQUALYTIC® BOD sensor. The BOD level is then displayed directly in mg/l.

The BOD values are stored in the sensor memory and can be called up on the large-format display at any time without the need for time-consuming conversion using factors. This means that test series that end on a Sunday can be evaluated during the following week without any problem.

The measurement period is user-selectable between 1 and 28 days to suit the application. While short measurement periods are useful for scientific applications, standard BOD measurements typically extend over a period of 5 days – and manometric determination of OECD, for example, generally takes place over a period of 28 days.

Measuring ranges and sample volumes

The BOD level of a sample depends on the quantity of organic matter present which can vary considerably. The AQUALYTIC® BOD measuring system OxiDirect® is therefore calibrated for the various sample volumes and the corresponding measuring ranges listed in the table below. The overall measuring range of the system is 0 – 4000 mg/l.

For all measuring ranges, BOD is shown directly in mg/l.

Range mg / l BOD Sample Volume ml
0 - 40 428
0 - 80 360
0 - 200 244
0 - 400 157
0 - 800 94
0 - 2000 56
0 - 4000 21.7

Evaluation of measurements

If the measuring period is set at 24 hours, theAQUALYTIC® OxiDirect® BOD measuring system records a measurement once every hour. With a measuring period of 48 hours, the unit measures and stores a BOD value once every 2 hours. If the measuring period is between 2 and 28 days, one value is measured and stored each day.

Current values and stored values may be called up at any time. The table/graph below illustrates an example of BOD5 evaluation. The development of BOD over a period of 5 days is easily seen.

Day Display/Sensor BOD-OxiDirect,BOD,Measurement,System
1. Day 150 mg/l
2. Day 220 mg/l
3. Day 240 mg/l
4. Day 250 mg/l
5. Day 260 mg/l

Automatic start function

BOD-OxiDirect,BOD,Measurement,SystemVariations in sample temperature prior to testing result in pressure variations within the measuring system during the temperature equalisation period in the thermostatically controlled cabinet (if BOD measurement is to take place at 20°C, for example). Such variations would normally cause errors during manometric measurement. In order to prevent such errors, the AQUALYTIC® OxiDirect® BOD meter is equipped with an automatic start feature: measurement does not commence until the temperature in the samples is the same as that in the thermostatically controlled cabinet. This rules out the possibility of temperature (and hence pressure) fluctuations that are not related to the manometric measurement.

The complete OxiDirect® BOD measuring system

In addition to the BOD unit for measurement and storage of BOD levels, the AQUALYTIC® OxiDirect® BOD measuring system includes sample bottles, measuring sensors, non-wearing inductive stirring system, overflow measuring flasks for metering of sample volumes, nitrification inhibitor and potassium hydroxide as an absorbent.

Scope of delivery
BOD-OxiDirect,BOD,Measurement,System OxiDirect®, complete unit with 6 sensor heads and control unit with batteries
Inductive stirring unit with power supply
6 sample bottles
6 rubber gaskets
6 magnetic stirring rods
1 overflow flask, 157 ml
1 overflow flask, 428 ml
1 bottle, 50 ml potassium hydroxide solution
1 bottle, 50 ml nitrification inhibitor solution
1 instruction

Test set for BOD-OxiDirect®

BOD-OxiDirect,BOD,Measurement,SystemWe also supply a test set to check for correct operation of the AQUALYTIC® OxiDirect® BOD meter. The set contains 8 BOD CM1 test tablets that cause a defined oxygen consumption.

The tablets are easy to use. Simply place atablet in the BOD bottle, start the measurement process, read off the BOD value after 5 days, and then compare with the defined value. If this value is within the quoted tolerance, this means that the BOD measuring system is functioning correctly.

Inductive stirring system

BOD-OxiDirect,BOD,Measurement,SystemThe microprocessor-controlled AQUALYTIC® inductive stirring system is non-wearing and maintenance-free. In other words, there are no moving parts in the system.

At regular intervals, the magnetic stirring rodsare accelerated and slowed down again, taking them up to maximum speed and back down again. This ensures the optimum gas exchangerequired for BOD measurement.

Stirring rods that move away from the centre of the bottle are re-centered quickly and reliably.

The inductive actuation system guaranteesmaintenance-free operation (no need to replace drive belts or burnt-out drive motors) for many years.


  • Maintenance-free and non-wearing

  • Regular change in stirring speed

  • Automatic centering of stirring rods

  • No mechanical components in the stirring system

Temperature equalisation during BOD measurement

BOD-OxiDirect,BOD,Measurement,SystemTemperature equalisation is essential prior to biological testing, as temperature has a major effect on biological activity. BOD measurements, for example, are always performed in a thermostatically controlled cabinet at atemperature of 20°C.

For temperature equalisation, we recommend AQUALYTIC® thermostatically controlled cabinets with a user-selectable temperature from 2°C to 40°C.

BOD Measurement