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MEMS analyzer for fast determination of mixed gases
Author(s): Thomas Otto; Ray Saupe; Alexander Weiss; Volker Stock; Oliver Throl; Wulf Grählert; Stefan Kaskel; Holger Schreck; Thomas Gessner
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Paper Abstract

Quantitative determination of gas compositions are important for operation and control of different industrial processes, e.g. in thermo process line operations. Changing gas conditions are affecting such processes significantly. Thus direct measurement of these gases enables adjustment of variable gas composition very fast and precisely and can improve process and product quality. Traditional analyzers, designed primarily for laboratory use, are too large, too delicate, and too costly to deploy. Cost efficient devices can however measure individual parameters (e.g. IR absorption at a specific wavelength, heat conductivity etc.) of gases and compositions can be derived directly by calculating it online. To bridge the gap between these traditional and expensive gas analyzers and favorable, cost-effective gas measurements, we have developed a low cost MEMS-based gas analyzer system. By using near infrared spectroscopy, individual components of the mixed gas can be determined quantitatively. Also disadvantages of existing cost-effective systems like selectivity, sensitivity and measurement time is avoided. Requirements of a suitable system are precise determination and adoption of the overall optical system as well as a high wavelength stability, which represents one important condition for exact chemometric evaluation. Likewise a robust and exact spectral evaluation procedure is important. Other challenges are MEMS design and packaging as well as optimization of insensitivity against vibrations and thermal stress. In this paper, the application of MEMS analyzer in gas measuring is described and above mentioned challenges will be discussed. To demonstrate the performance of the whole system, measurement results of gas mixtures will be shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7208, MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems VIII, 72080E (24 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.816231
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Thomas Otto, Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems (Germany)
Ray Saupe, Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems (Germany)
Alexander Weiss, Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems (Germany)
Volker Stock, COLOUR CONTROL Farbmesstechnik GmbH (Germany)
Oliver Throl, Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (Germany)
Wulf Grählert, Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (Germany)
Stefan Kaskel, Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology (Germany)
Holger Schreck, DBI Gas- und Umwelttechnik GmbH (Germany)
Thomas Gessner, Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7208:
MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems VIII
David L. Dickensheets; Harald Schenk; Wibool Piyawattanametha, Editor(s)

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