Memahami Kepadatan Neopentil Glikol: Wawasan Utama dan Penerapannya

Memahami Kepadatan Neopentil Glikol: Wawasan Utama dan Penerapannya

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density of neopentyl glycol


Massa jenis suatu senyawa menunjukkan seberapa rapat molekul-molekulnya tersusun bersama. Untuk bahan kimia industri seperti neopentil glikol (NPG), kepadatan mempunyai implikasi terhadap transportasi, penyimpanan, perilaku pemrosesan, dan bahkan kinerja produk. Dalam blog ini, kami mengungkap faktor-faktor utama yang mengatur kepadatan NPG dan melihat dampaknya terhadap penerapan dunia nyata di berbagai sektor.

Defining the Density of Neopentyl Glycol

density of neopentyl glycol

Density measures the mass of a substance per unit volume. For liquids and solids, it is normally expressed in grams per cubic centimeter (g/cc or g/cm3). Density is an intensive property, meaning it does not depend on the quantity of material. However, it does vary with temperature and pressure.

Under standard conditions (25°C and 1 atm pressure), neopentyl glycol has a density of 0.969 g/cc. This is close to that of water and lower than common chemicals like ethylene glycol at 1.11 g/cc. We can attribute NPG’s density to:

  • Its molecular weight of 104.15 g/mol
  • Intermolecular forces like hydrogen bonding
  • Close packing of irregular NPG molecules

The density of industrial grade NPG varies from 0.95 to 0.98 g/cc based on factors like purity levels. Higher purity corresponds to lower density values closer to the theoretical 0.969 g/cc.

How Temperature Affects Neopentyl Glycol Density

density of neopentyl glycol

Temperature has an inverse relationship with liquid density. As temperature increases, molecules gain kinetic energy and move father apart. This decreases density.

We can estimate NPG density at different temperatures using the following equation:

ρNPG = ρref [1 − βNPG(T − Tref)]


  • ρNPG = Density of NPG at temperature T (g/cc)
  • ρref = Reference density at 25°C = 0.969 g/cc
  • βNPG = Volumetric expansion coefficient = 0.00072 (1/°C)
  • T = Desired temperature (°C)
  • Tref = Reference temperature of 25°C

Using this formula gives the values summarized below:

Temperature (°C)NPG Density (g/cc)

We observe over 2% reduction in density between the freezing point and boiling point of NPG. This nonlinearity affects flow behavior in pipes and tanks. It also influences mixing and thermophysical properties.

Pressure Effects on Density

Increasing pressure compresses liquid molecules closer together, temporarily raising density. However, pressure has negligible impact on NPG density within the range of typical industrial operations.

Changes up to 20 atmosphere (atm) only alter density by around 0.5%. Extremely high pressures above 1000 atm can increase density up to 5%, but such conditions are impractical.

NPG Density and Transportation Efficiency

The moderate density of NPG positively impacts transportation economics. A standard isocontainer with volume of 33 cubic meters can carry up to 32 tonnes of NPG. This is over 50% more than the roughly 21 tonnes capacity for a heavier chemical like ethylene glycol.

Higher weight payload per container directly reduces overall freight costs on a mass basis. This benefit applies to transportation modes like seaborne shipping, railcars, tank trucks and barge transport. Light density thus provides significant savings in NPG logistics.

Safe Product Storage Design

Knowing NPG’s density enables proper storage tank design and capacity planning. With a density under 1 g/cc, NPG is lighter than water. This means external shells, roof design and mixer sizing for NPG vessels are less intensive than heavier chemicals.

However, engineers must account for the 8% density difference between operating temperature limits of 0°C to 100°C in materials of construction. This ensures adequate strength at all service conditions throughout the tank lifespan.

Performance in End-use Applications

The compact molecular structure of NPG makes it around 30-40% more dense than typical linear glycols. We can exploit this to improve product performance and process economics:

Higher Concentration Formulations – Coatings, paints and resins can be formulated at higher NPG solids loading compared to analogues using more dilute glycols. This reduces transportation costs and VOC emissions.

Reduced Feed Volumes – In polymer production, the elevated density packed into NPG’s small molecule allows using lower feed quantities to achieve target production rates. This likewise optimizes transportation and inventory.

Minimized Equipment Sizes – With NPG, smaller volume reactors, heat exchangers and distillation columns suffice for a given production scale. The capital investment savings are substantial.


This article has thrown light on how various factors like temperature, pressure and molecular configuration govern NPG density. We have also seen the implications in transportation logistics, storage infrastructure, and downstream process applications. With both economic and environmental motivations, optimizing density considerations for NPG and other industrial chemicals is certainly worthwhile.


Here are some common questions about neopentil glikol density:

  1. How does the density of NPG compare with other glycols?

NPG has moderately higher density than linear glycols like ethylene glycol and propylene glycol. It packs more compactly.

  1. What causes the density of NPG to change with temperature?

Thermal energy makes molecules vibrate more, decreasing intermolecular forces. This lowers density as temperature rises.

  1. Is NPG density affected by changes in pressure?

Yes, but only slightly. Up to 20 atm changes density by around 0.5%. Over 1000 atm increases it about 5%.

  1. How can NPG’s density impact transportation and storage considerations?

Higher payload per container reduces transport costs. Lower density also allows less rugged storage vessel construction.

  1. Can formulation advantages arise from NPG’s elevated density?

Yes, NPG enables higher solids loading in coatings and paints. Its compact structure also shrinks reactor and column sizes for cost savings.

I hope this gives you deeper perspective on the density of neopentyl glycol and how manipulating it judiciously offers real process innovations. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

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