Science Inventory

Performance Evaluations and Quality Validation System for Optical Gas Imaging Cameras That Visualize Fugitive Hydrocarbon Gas Emissions

Citation:

footer, T., E. Thoma, AND J. Dewees. Performance Evaluations and Quality Validation System for Optical Gas Imaging Cameras That Visualize Fugitive Hydrocarbon Gas Emissions. Annual Conference of the Air & Waste Management Association, Raleigh, NC, June 23 - 26, 2015.

Impact/Purpose:

Submission to the 108th Annual Conference of the Air & Waste Management Association, June 23-26, 2015, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Description:

Optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras have the unique ability to exploit the electromagnetic properties of fugitive chemical vapors to make invisible gases visible. This ability is extremely useful for industrial facilities trying to mitigate product losses from escaping gas and facilities with leak detection and repair (LDAR) programs that are required to find and estimate the emission rate of any fugitive gas releases to the atmosphere. How well an OGI camera can image a gas leak is dependent on many different variables. The efforts presented here attempt to define what some of those variables are and how much impact they are likely to have on leak detection of hydrocarbon gases with a hydrocarbon gas-specific OGI camera. By developing testing platforms and leak generation systems in a laboratory setting, we were able to observe and isolate some of these variables in order to measure the OGI camera response. This presentation will discuss the tests performed, the results obtained, and work to be conducted in future studies.

URLs/Downloads:

AWMA_ABSTRACT_DRAFT_03NOV14.PDF   (PDF,NA pp, 11.731 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Product Published Date: 06/26/2015
Record Last Revised: 02/18/2016
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 311216

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

AIR POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL DIVISION

EMISSIONS CHARACTERIZATION AND PREVENTION BRANCH