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Hazardous waste identification (HWI) system based on infrared-transmitting optical fibers and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy
Author(s): Mark A. Druy; Paul J. Glatkowski; Roy A. Bolduc; William A. Stevenson; Thomas C. Thomas
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Paper Abstract

This manuscript summarizes the effort to demonstrate the feasibility of developing a field- portable Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) instrument that can perform a quick and accurate chemical analysis of unknown waste materials at Air Force bases without removing a sample for analysis. We report that devices containing a tapered infrared fiber optic sensor can remotely detect and quantify the range of liquid hazardous waste typically found at air force bases. Partial least squares (PLS) calibration equations were formulated and shown to accurately predict the concentration of components in a mixture with an error of +/- 0.05% volume.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2367, Optical Sensors for Environmental and Chemical Process Monitoring, (19 January 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.199679
Show Author Affiliations
Mark A. Druy, Foster-Miller, Inc. (United States)
Paul J. Glatkowski, Foster-Miller, Inc. (United States)
Roy A. Bolduc, Foster-Miller, Inc. (United States)
William A. Stevenson, Foster-Miller, Inc. (United States)
Thomas C. Thomas, Brooks Air Force Base (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2367:
Optical Sensors for Environmental and Chemical Process Monitoring
Ishwar D. Aggarwal; Stuart Farquharson; Eric Koglin, Editor(s)

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