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Ground-based passive FT-IR spectrometry
Author(s): Robert B. Knapp; Roger J. Combs; Robert T. Kroutil
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Paper Abstract

Absorbance and transmittance spectra were acquired with ground-based passive FT-IR spectrometry for industrial stack evaluations and open-air controlled vapor generation experiments. The industrial stack effluents of sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide were detected from a coal-burning power plant and an acid plant, respectively, with both MWIR and LWIR passive sensors. The controlled open-air experiments relied on only a LWIR sensor. These experiments produced plumes of methanol and ethanol at three and four elevated plume temperatures, respectively. Various vapor concentration pathlength produces of both ethanol and methanol were generated and gravimetrically monitored in the range from 0 to 300 ppm-m. The associated absorbance values for these concentration pathlength products were found to obey Beer's Law for each elevate stack temperature of 125, 150, 175, and 200 degrees C.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2002
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 4577, Vibrational Spectroscopy-based Sensor Systems, (22 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.455745
Show Author Affiliations
Robert B. Knapp, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Ctr. (United States)
Roger J. Combs, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Ctr. (United States)
Robert T. Kroutil, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4577:
Vibrational Spectroscopy-based Sensor Systems
Steven D. Christesen; Arthur J. Sedlacek, Editor(s)

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