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Fiber Optic Sensing Applications

  • Percent Aromatics in Gasoline #3008

    The aromatic content of gasoline determines many of its combustion properties. Since it also impacts the environmental characteristics of the fuel it is desirable to have accurate measurements of this parameter. The traditional analytical method for measuring aromatics is either gas chromatography (GC) or an older method entitled fluorescent indicator adsorption (FIA), both of which are time and labor intensive. This note will discuss the use of Guided Wave hardware and software tools for the measurement of % aromatics in fuel products using fiber optic-based, Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. NIR can be applied in real time directly in process monitoring or as a laboratory procedure. In either case NIR is a time and money saving alternative to traditional methods. Request Application Note #3008

    By Guided Wave Inc, based in Rancho Cordova, CALIFORNIA (USA).

  • Distributed Temperature Sensing Technology for Stream Monitoring

    Temperature is an important factor in streams ecosystems. Heat tracers have been used to characterize contaminant transport, infiltration rates and energy exchange with groundwater, the atmosphere and radiation. The dynamics of these complicated water bodies is also affected by seasonal and diurnal patterns making characterization particularly challenging. Utilizing temperature measurements that capture spatial and temporal variations at stream ecosystem interfaces provides a mechanism for detailed characterization.

    By Silixa Ltd based in Elstree, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • In-situ Calcite Crystallisation Monitoring

    Calcite cristallisation reactions, commonly known as "scaling" events, are monitored in-situ using a portable field spectrophotometer with fibre optical probe accessory.

    By WAT Australia Pty.Ltd. based in West Australia, AUSTRALIA.

  • Hydroxyl Number in Polyols (OH#) #3013

    The use of polymeric polyols is commonplace in the manufacturing of polyurethanes and other specialty polymers. The hydroxyl number (OH#) is a measure of the concentration of the hydroxyl groups on the polyol. This is an important parameter to monitor and control during polyol production. The laboratory method that is commonplace for hydroxyl number determination is both time consuming and involves the use of hazardous materials. This note will discuss the use of Guided Wave hardware and software tools for the measurement of hydroxyl number in polyols using fiber optic-based, Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. NIR can be applied in real time directly in process or as a laboratory procedure. In either case NIR is a time and money saving alternative to traditional methods. NIR also offers the benefit of increased safety over traditional methods. For well established process measurements, a Guided Wave ClearView® db multi-wavelength photometer can be used to achieve similar results.

    By Guided Wave Inc, based in Rancho Cordova, CALIFORNIA (USA).

  • Cetane Number of Diesel Fuels #3010

    The Cetane number of a diesel fuel is a measure of the ignition properties and is an important specification that must be met during fuel production. The traditional laboratory method for Cetane number determination is the knock engine method in which the fuel is burned and its combustion characteristics compared to known standards. This method is time and labor intensive, and provides no ability for real time control of production. This note discusses the use of Guided Wave hardware and software tools for the measurement of Cetane number in diesel fuel using fiber optic-based, Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. NIR is applied in real-time directly in process monitoring or as a laboratory procedure. In either case NIR is a time and money saving alternative to traditional methods.

    By Guided Wave Inc, based in Rancho Cordova, CALIFORNIA (USA).

  • Octane Number of Gasoline using NIR Spectroscopy #3012

    When every second counts and performance is on the line Guided Wave's NIR analyzers allow for easy measurement of octane numbers in gasoline and refinery production units using fiber optic -based, near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. *Fast and reliable measurement of the octane number of gasoline (RON & MON). * Control gasoline production in real-time directly with in process monitoring. * Certify gasoline meets specification before release. *Gain significant improvements in process control. *Minimize the need for laboratory sample collection and the labor intensive "knock engine" method. The measurement of the octane number of gasoline using NIR spectroscopy is both fast and reliable utilizing Guided Wave analyzers. Results are available in real-time (seconds) for multiple parameters in complex streams. Request Application Note #3012

    By Guided Wave Inc, based in Rancho Cordova, CALIFORNIA (USA).

  • Classification and identification of recyclable material

    This level is expected to reach over 4 million tons by 2010. Companies that specialize in recycling carpet require a fast, reliable and accurate means of identifying the carpet face fiber type entering recycling streams. Collection of plastics for recycling is increasing rapidly. Plastic recycling faces one huge problem, plastic types must not be mixed for recycling. Even a small amount of the wrong type of plastic can ruin the melt. Whether it is a carpet or plastic, classification and identification of recyclable material can be achieved using Bruker Optics` state of the art spectrometer systems. Bruker Optics has applied the FT-NIR technology and experience to this demanding requirement, and offers the Carpet Analyzer as a dedicated solution for the recycling industry.

    By Bruker Corporation based in Billerica, MASSACHUSETTS (USA).

  • Geotechnical Monitoring Systems for Health Monitoring

    The management of a geotechnical project requires a wide range of important information coming from the sensors, which are of vital importance for correct execution of construction plans and to refine soil models.

    By Roctest - part of Nova Metrix LLC based in Saint-Lambert, QUEBEC (CANADA).

  • NDIR Solutions

    We propose our product as a new powerful base for optical absorption analysis. One of the greatest advantages of this method is that virtually any sample in virtually any state may be studied. Liquids, gases, films, powders, surfaces can all be examined with a proper choice of sampling technique. Using LED-PD optopairs for mid-infrared spectral range allows developing portable sensors with high reliability and adequate accuracy that can be successfully applied in different areas for matter analysis purposes.

    By LED Microsensor NT based in Saint-Petersburg, RUSSIA.

  • Pipeline Monitoring Systems for Health Monitoring

    Pipeline management presents challenges that are quite unique. Their long length, high value, high risk and often difficult access conditions require continuous monitoring as well as an optimization of maintenance interventions. The main concern for pipeline owners comes from possible leakages that can have a severe impact on the environment and put the pipeline out of service for repair. Leakages can have different causes, including excessive deformations caused by earthquakes, landslides or collisions mobile objects, corrosion, wear, material flaws or third party intrusion.

    By Roctest - part of Nova Metrix LLC based in Saint-Lambert, QUEBEC (CANADA).

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