BOD Measurement System – Lovibond® OxiDirect


Manometric, respirometric Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) measurement using the Lovibond® OxiDirect BOD meter:

The Lovibond® 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.


  • Waste Water
  • Determination of Biological Activity
  • Waste Water Treatment Plants
  • Analytical Laboratories
  • Research Centres
  • Universities


  • Direct sample selection
  • Accurate and direct display of BOD values in mg/l
  • User-friendly handling
  • User-selectable measuring period
  • Result memory for up to 28 days (BOD5, BOD7, OECD…)
  • Measuring ranges from 0-40 mg/l to 0-4000 mg/l BOD
  • Accurate measurements
  • Autostart function following temperature equalisation of the samples
  • Environment-friendly as mercury-free
  • Automatic stirrer rod centering by the inductive stirrer system

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-degradable organic matter.

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

The principle of respirometers by Lovibond® OxiDirect®:

Respirometric 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 Lovibond® 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.

Measuring ranges and sample volumes: The BOD level of a sample depends on the quantity of organic matter present which can vary considerably. The Lovibond® 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.

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, the Lovibond® 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
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:

Variations 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 20C, for example). Such variations would normally cause errors during manometric measurement. In order to prevent such errors, the Lovibond® 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 Lovibond® 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.

Test set for BOD-OxiDirect®:

We also supply a test set to check for correct operation of the Lovibond® 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 a tablet 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

The microprocessor-controlled Lovibond® 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 rods are accelerated and slowed down again, taking them up to maximum speed and back down again. This ensures the optimum gas exchange required for BOD measurement. Stirring rods that move away from the centre of the bottle are re-centred quickly and reliably. The inductive actuation system guarantees maintenance-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: Temperature 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 a temperature of 20 degrees C. For temperature equalisation, we recommend Lovibond® thermostatically controlled cabinets with a user-selectable temperature from 2 degrees C to 40 degrees C.


2 Years
Technical Data – Lovibond BOD-OxiDirect
Measuring ranges [mg/l O2]: 0 – 40, 0 – 80, 0 – 200,
0 – 400, 0 – 800,
0 – 2000, 0 – 4000 mg/l
Applications: BOD5, BOD7, OECD 301 F …
Result display: BOD [mg/l]; 4 – digits; 7-segment LED
Measuring parameter display: BOD, volume, duration, measuring time
Measuring duration: User-selectable, between 1 and 28 days
Measurement period: User-selectable, between 1 and 28 days
Storage interval: hourly (1 day);
every 2 hours (2 days);
daily (3-28 days)
Auto start: After temperature equalisation of samples;
can be switched off
Current result: Can be called up at any time
Power supply: 3 alkaline manganese “C” (Baby) batteries
Battery life: 1 year based on normal use as BOD5 measuring unit (max. one reading daily); early warning at end of battery life
Clock: Real-time clock
Protection class (sensor head): IP 54 (sensor head)
375 x 195 x 230 mm including stirring unit
Weight: 3 850 g, unit with bottles
5 750 g, complete with stirring unit
Housing: ABS
Approval certificate: CE

* No standard is available to check the accuracy of respirometric oxygen uptake measurement. Tests with a glucose-glutamic acid solution having a known theoretical BOD have shown that the varioation is approximately 5% in the range of 50…100 mg/l BOD, and 3% for higher range. Minimum Response or sensitivity of respirometric systems is about 0.05…1 mg/l.


Delivery Content:

  • Lovibond® OxiDirect, complete unit with 6 sensor heads and control unit with batteries
  • Inductive stirring unit with power supply
  • 6 sample bottles
  • 6 rubber gaskets
  • 1 overflow mask, 157 ml
  • 1 overflow mask, 428 ml
  • 1 bottle, 50 ml potassium hydroxide solution
  • 1 bottle, 50 ml nitrification inhibitor solution
  • 1 instruction booklet


Additional information

Weight 5.75 kg