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Design of a multifunctional and portable detector for indoor gases
Author(s): Liping Zhang; Yutian Wang; Taishan Li
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Paper Abstract

With the increase of the living standards of city dwellers, home decoration has been more and more popular these years. Different kinds of material have come into people's home, which brings about beauties to the house as well as some bad effect. Because of differences in manufacturing techniques and quality, much of the material will emit poisonous gases more or less. Even if you have selected the qualified product, the toal amount of gases in you houses may not be guaranteed because of the simple reason that more than one kind of material are applied. Living in the complex environment for a long time will eventually have a bad effect on one's health. In addition the fear of the harm to be done will exert great impact psychologically. In another aspect, the coal-gas in the house-hood for cooking is also explosive and poisonous. In conclusion, the research on the indoor hazardous gases measurement and alarm device is of much economic and practical importance. The device is portable and versatile. We use rechargeable battery as the power supply. The device can detect the density of gases at the ppb level for the emission of the material and the measured value can be shown on the display. As for coal gas it can detect the percentage of LEL and make sound of alarm. We use two kinds of gas-sensors in the device, with catalytic combustion principal for coal gas detection and the PID method for the gas emissions of the decoration material. UV will destroy harmful material (such as: ammonia, dimethylamine, methyl-sulfhydrate, benzene etc.) into positive or negative ions. The sensor detects the electric charges of ionized gases and converts them into electric current signals. It is then amplified and changed into digits by amplifier and A/D. The digit signal is processed by micro-controller system of the device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 September 2003
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 5253, Fifth International Symposium on Instrumentation and Control Technology, (2 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.521396
Show Author Affiliations
Liping Zhang, Hebei Energy Institute of Vocation and Technology (China)
Yutian Wang, Yanshan Univ. (China)
Taishan Li, Tangshan Environmental Monitoring Ctr. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5253:
Fifth International Symposium on Instrumentation and Control Technology
Guangjun Zhang; Huijie Zhao; Zhongyu Wang, Editor(s)

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