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Spectroscopy Applications

  • Cloud Point of Diesel Fuel #3074

    The Cloud Point of a diesel fuel is the temperature below which wax forms giving the fuel a cloudy appearance. This parameter is an important property of the fuel since the presence of solidified waxes can clog filters and negatively impact engine performance. The traditional laboratory methods for the measurement of Cloud Point are optical in nature, but rely on cooling the fuel for the wax formation to occur. Guided Wave’s process analyzers can measure compositional changes in the fuel that will be directly related to the wax formation and hence the Cloud Point. This note will discuss the use of Guided Wave hardware and software tools for the measurement of the Cloud Point of diesel fuel using fiber optic-based, near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. NIR can be applied in real time directly in process.

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

  • 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).

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    Measurement solution for Perflurocarbon (PFC) emissions from aluminium industry

    The aluminium industry is the major source of perflurocarbon (PFC) emissions to the atmosphere, which are a major contributor to global warming. PFCs have greenhouse gas effects up to 10000 times that of CO2. Emissions have been reduced over the last 20 years, but further reductions are harder to achieve as all the mechanisms for PFC production are not known. In order to better understand the production of PFC on an industrial level, laboratory studies have been carried out using a small scale cell.

    By Protea Limited based in Middlewich, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Positive material identification for the metal alloy industry

    Positive Material Identification is a well accepted analytical materials testing and materials identification technique used within the metal alloy industry. It guarantees the materials chemical composition as required for quality control.

    By Oxford Instruments plc based in Abingdon, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Measurement solution for measuring total VOC via FTIR

    Current Total VOC Measurements

    The most common, and current standard, method for measuring Total Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) is the use of a Flamed Ionisation Detector (FID). This gives a representative value of the total carbon content of a gas stream, as the FID cannot tell which specific organic compounds are present.

    By Protea Limited based in Middlewich, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Paper sorting for the paper industry

    The Paper Industry has high standards for de-inked paper. REDWAVE­ is able to achieve these requirements with the highest precision. For this application, the Near Infrared Spectroscopy system is ideal.

    By REDWAVE a division of BT-Wolfgang Binder based in Gleisdorf, AUSTRIA.

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    Mass flow devices for analytical instrumentation

    Axetris mass flow devices are used in a variety of analytical applications: Gas Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, Atomic Spectroscopy, Elemental Analysis, Thermal Analysis, Bioreactor and Fermentor.

    By Axetris Ag based in Kaegiswil, SWITZERLAND.

  • Quantitative Analysis of Steel Using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)

    For steel analysis, LIBS is ideal for rapid QC (quantitative analysis and detection of contaminants) for raw materials in production, and to check the elemental composition of finished products. LIBS also offers the ability to analyze slag samples that can lead to the recovery of precious metals lost in the steel production process.

    By Applied Spectra, Inc. based in Fremont, CALIFORNIA (USA).

  • 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).

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    AutoChem - Process Development and Scale-Up

    Process Development in the chemical industry requires a profound and comprehensive knowledge of the processes involved and is governed by a triangular relationship between `Economy - Safety - Environment`.

    By Mettler - Toledo Int. Inc based in Greifensee, SWITZERLAND.

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    Continuous emissions monitoring for steel mills

    The nature of steel manufacturing processes places severe limitations on the monitoring methods that can be used. Aggressive environments combined with high levels of particulates and gases make the choice very limited.

    By Opsis AB based in Furulund, SWEDEN.

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    SF6 Leak Detection

    Monitoring Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) in the Power Utility Industry. Monitoring Sulfur Hexafluoride in the Power Utility Industry The SF6 Leak Detector 3434i from LumaSense offers an unmatched combination of performance and convenience. Based on the company’s Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (PAS) technology, the system offers highly accurate, reliable and stable quantitative gas analysis and detection. The growing environmental requirements and pressures regarding the use of SF6 make LumaSense’s system a coveted tool designed for everyday use. The system is able to measure the total concentration of the SF6 gas in an enclosed area, where the switchgear (or other SF6 filled equipment) is tested. Although only the total amount leaked is required by today’s standards, it is also advantageous to be able to pin point the leaks. This makes it easier to improve the integrity of the equipment. The SF6 Leak Detector system meets all of requirements for confined area such as substation Monitoring.

    By LumaSense Technologies, Inc. based in Santa Clara, CALIFORNIA (USA).

  • Analysis of aqueous solutions

    IR-Spectroscopy is not limited to gases, solid materials and pure liquids but also facilitates the measurement of solutes in aqueous media. Though, due to the strong and temperature dependent absorption of water, the usage of conventional IR-transmission and ATR accessories is not very suitable for the analysis in water. The CONFOCHECK is a dedicated FT-IR system for the fast, easy and sensitive analysis of aqueous samples. Using this system, preparing, measuring and evaluating any aqueous sample takes typically about 1 minute.

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

  • Gas spectroscopy for laboratories

    By F-DGSi based in Evry Cedex, FRANCE.

  • FT-NIR spectroscopy for the biofuels industry

    FT-NIR spectroscopy is a widely used technique that can do rapid and non-destructive measurements in seconds. This technique can achieve multiple analysis results per measurement and determine real–time chemical information at-line and in-line.

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

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    Measurement solution for multi-stream combustion research

    Protea supplied a complete turn-key measuring system for multi-point sampling in a University combustion research laboratory. Utilising the latest in FTIR spectroscopy, atmosFIR, a complete cabinet system was supplied containing: atmosFIR FTIR Gas analyser, Sampling System Control Module (SSCM), Heated Stream Selection Module (HSSM), Temperature Control Module (TCM), 4 heated sample lines, 4 heated sample probes, Embedded PC controller.

    By Protea Limited based in Middlewich, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    On-site analysis of scrap metal for sorting in the metal recyling industry

    Scrap metal sorting requires fast, accurate, on-site analysis. To achieve maximum price for the scrap, analysis for both incoming and outgoing scrap is required. X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) analysis is widely used within the scrap metal sorting and recycling industry to achieve highest efficiency, most consistent product and best price and all this through Non-Destructive Testing.

    By Oxford Instruments plc based in Abingdon, UNITED KINGDOM.

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    Gas analysis & monitoring system for gas purity

    The purity of a gas is an indication of the amount of other gases contained in it. A high purity refers to a low amount of other gases. High purity gas are considered to be of better quality and are generally more expensive. The purity of the gas can be expressed as a percentage or as a decimal fraction. Applications for checking the purity of the gases across different industrial sectors by air separation plants, cryogenic facilities, the quality control of industrial gases to the steel mills, etc.

    By ETG Risorse e Tecnologia based in Montiglio, ITALY.

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