Accreditation and Quality Assurance

, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 340–348 | Cite as

Estimation of uncertainty in electrochemical amperometric measurement of dissolved oxygen concentration

  • Lauri Jalukse
  • Ivo Leito
  • Aleksei Mashirin
  • Toomas Tenno
Practitioner’s Report


A procedure for the estimation of measurement uncertainty of dissolved oxygen (DO) concentration measurement based on the ISO approach is presented. It is based on a mathematical model that involves 14 input parameters. The uncertainty of DO concentration strongly depends on changes in experimental details (temperature difference between calibration and measurement, the time interval between calibration and measurement, etc.). The relative measurement uncertainty is, however, practically independent of the DO concentration itself. The uncertainty is the lowest if the calibration and the measurement are done at the same temperature and on the same day. A calculation tool is provided (in the form of a GUM Workbench file) for practitioners that can be used for uncertainty calculation of DO concentrations at very different experimental conditions.


Measurement uncertainty Uncertainty budget Dissolved oxygen Galvanic sensor 



This work was supported by Grant 5475 from the Estonian Science Foundation. We are deeply indebted to the chief metrologist of the University of Tartu Dr Olev Saks and Dr. Koit Herodes for helpful discussions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauri Jalukse
    • 1
  • Ivo Leito
    • 1
  • Aleksei Mashirin
    • 1
  • Toomas Tenno
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of TartuTartuEstonia

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