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In-situ infrared detection of stack gases
Author(s): Derek D. Stuart
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Paper Abstract

Infrared measurement using gas-filter correlation (GFC) detection offers an accurate, sensitive, and highly selective technique for the quantitative detection of a number of common industrial gases. A radiative transfer model based on the HITRAN database has been developed to permit the response function of such an instrument to be calculated. The model has been applied to a number of gases, calculating the instrument response to both the target gas and selected interferent species over a broad range of stack temperatures. An optical probe GFC detector has been designed for in-stack measurements of CO and HCl from incinerators and thermal power stations. The probe can be purged with clean air for a true baseline check and a calibration chamber is provided which allows the instrument to be calibrated using bottled gas mixtures. The instrument has completed a successful plant trial during which it measured CO emissions from a coal-fired power station, showing a detection sensitivity of 5 ppm. Detection of HCl has also been demonstrated in the laboratory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 March 1993
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1717, Industrial, Municipal, and Medical Waste Incineration Diagnostics and Control, (10 March 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.140301
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Derek D. Stuart, Land Combustion Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1717:
Industrial, Municipal, and Medical Waste Incineration Diagnostics and Control

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