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Main Title Tunable Diode Laser Stack Monitor for Sulfuric Acid Vapor.
Author Pearson, Edwin F. ; Mantz, Arlan W. ;
CORP Author Laser Analytics, Inc., Bedford, MA.;Environmental Sciences Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Year Published 1979
Report Number EPA-68-02-2990; EPA-600/2-80-174;
Stock Number PB80-202690
Additional Subjects Gas detectors ; Sulfuric acid ; Monitors ; Laboratory equipment ; Industrial wastes ; Combustion products ; Flue gases ; Infrared lasers ; Calibrating ; Absorption ; Concentration(Composition) ; Air pollution ; Field tests ; Air pollution detection ; Tunable lasers
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NTIS  PB80-202690 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 72p
A field prototype instrument for continuous in-situ monitoring of sulfuric acid vapor in industrial smoke stacks has been developed. The method of detection is dual wavelength differential absorption in the infrared. Two tunable diode lasers are locked to two specific frequencies that provide analytical and background absorption information. The difference between the analytical and background absorption yields the net absorption due to sulfuric acid. Calibration of the monitor depends upon a precise determination of the differential absorption coefficient for the analytical and background frequencies. Measurements made as a part of this program yield a value of 0.00122/ppm/m and tend to resolve the discrepancies between previously published values. Temperature gradients in the absorption cells severely influenced previous measurements. The monitoring system was field tested at a 650 MW electrical generation plant burning high sulfur oil of Venezuelan origin. The excess air supplied to the boiler combustion chamber was varied from 0.5 to 1.5 percent. Measured baseline concentration of sulfuric acid ranged from 3 to 15 ppm. As the excess air was stepped up from 0.5 to 1.5 percent, the average measured increase in concentration was 39 ppm. The system gave consistent results during the brief test period.