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Gas Density Transmitter GDS-M

Transmitter for monitoring gas density in SF6 gas-insulated high-voltage systems

The gas density transmitter GDS-M continuously monitors the pressure and temperature of the insulating gas SF6. For this purpose it possesses a piezoresistive pressure sensor and an evaluation unit with microprocessor. The measured values can be transmitted to a PC or the customer’s own diagnostic system.


Key Features

  • Pressure range 0.5 to 11 bar abs.
  • Piezoresistive pressure sensor
  • Microprocessor evaluation unit
  • Digital compensation for pressure and temperature signals
  • Digital output RS-485
  • Degree of protection IEC 60529: IP 65



The gas density transmitter GDS-M consists of the following principal components:

  • Tubular casing, stainless steel grade 1.4305
  • Piezoresistive pressure sensor
  • Electronic evaluation unit with microprocessor
  • Pressure connection G 1/2″ or G 1/4″ (customized connections available)
  • Electrical connection with circular connector M12x1

Operating principle

By way of its piezoresistive sensor, the gas density transmitter GDS-M continuously measures the gas density and temperature in the relevant gas chamber. The signals generated by the sensor are digitally compensated by the evaluation unit with microprocessor and presented as a high-precision output signal. The output signal is transmitted to a connected PC or the customer’s own diagnostic system. The measured values can then be used for documentation, trend analysis or other purposes.

Unlike electromechanical density monitors, which serve only as simple switches when the loss of SF6 violates set limit values, the GDS-M is capable of actively monitoring the gas density. The gas density transmitter also facilitates the monitoring of SF6 emissions from high-voltage systems. The GDS-M can likewise be programmed to monitor the density of other gases.

Measuring method

Based on the high-precision, digitally compensated pressure and temperature signals of the piezoresistive pressure sensor, the actual gas density is calculated with an optimal approximating polynomial for SF6 gas density. The correct density value is read out with a cycle time of 64 ms.

Fields of application

  • Power supply facilities
  • High-voltage and gas-insulated switchgear (GIS)
  • Medium-voltage systems
  • Indoor and outdoor gas-insulated transformers and generator circuit breakers


The information on this website represents the state of knowledge at the time of writing. Technical specifications are subject to modifications. Comde-Derenda GmbH accepts no liability whatsoever for the content provided or for damages resulting from the use of its products.

Technical Data

Measurement ranges
SF6 density acc. to Beattie-Bridgeman formula 0 … 67 kg/m³
Pressure 0.5 … 11 bar abs. / 7.25 … 159.5 psi abs.
Temperature –40 … +80 °C / –40 … +176 °F
Overload pressure 30 bar
Accuracy (RS-485) Total error band, pressure < ± 0.5 % FS
Total error band, temperature < ± 1 % FS
Stability error, pressure < 0.1 % FS
Stability error, temperature < 0.3 % FS
Operating and storage conditions
Operating temperature –40 … +80 °C / –40 … 176 °F
Storage temperature –50 … +85 °C / –58 … 185 °F
Shock resistance (IEC 60068-2-29) 100 x 20 g / 6 ms half-sine
Switch impulse test 20 g / 5 x 20 ms sine
Pressure connection
G 1/2″ or G 1/4″ (standard)
Customer-specified flange (optional)
Electrical connection
Connector Round plug connector M12 x 1 / 8 contacts
Supply voltage 8 … 30 VDC
Power requirement < 3 mA
Reverse polarity protection Yes
Short circuit protection Yes
Protection class IP 65 IAW IEC 60947
Interfaces Digital interface
(incl. integrated comm. interface)
Readout cycle Every 64 ms
Response time (typ.) 1 … 10 ms (2 … 5 ms)
Housing material Stainless steel 1.4305
Weight 185 g

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