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Industrial site particulate pollution monitoring with an eye-safe and scanning industrial fiber lidar
Author(s): Brigitte Belanger; Andre Fougeres; Mario Talbot
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Paper Abstract

12 Over the past few years, INO has developed an Industrial Fiber Lidar (IFL). It enables the particulate pollution monitoring on industrial sites. More particularly, it has been used to take measurements of particulate concentration at Port Facilities of an aluminum plant during boat unloading. It is an eye-safe and portable lidar. It uses a fiber laser also developed at INO emitting 1.7 microJoules at 1534 nm with a pulse repetition frequency of 5 kHz. Given the harsh environment of an industrial site, all the sensitive equipment like the laser source, detector, computer and acquisition electronics are located in a building and connected to the optical module, placed outside, via optical fibers up to 500 m long. The fiber link also offers all the flexibility for placing the optical module at a proper location. The optical module is mounted on a two axis scanning platform, able to perform an azimuth scan of 0 to 355 deg and an elevation scan of +/- 90 deg, which enables the scanning of zones defined by the user. On this industrial site, materials like bauxite, alumina, spathfluor and calcined coke having mass extinction coefficients ranging from 0.53 to 2.7 m2/g can be detected. Data for different measurement configurations have been obtained. Concentration values have been calculated for measurements in a hopper, along a wharf and over the urban area close to the port facilities. The lidar measurements have been compared to high volume samplers. Based on these comparisons, it has been established that the IFL is able to monitor the relative fluctuations of dust concentrations. It can be integrated to the process control of the industrial site for alarm generation when concentrations are above threshold.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4199, Water, Ground, and Air Pollution Monitoring and Remediation, (14 February 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417362
Show Author Affiliations
Brigitte Belanger, Institut National d'Optique (Canada)
Andre Fougeres, Institut National d'Optique (Canada)
Mario Talbot, Institut National d'Optique (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4199:
Water, Ground, and Air Pollution Monitoring and Remediation
Tuan Vo-Dinh; Robert L. Spellicy, Editor(s)

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