AIRSCAN: AN ULTRASENSITIVE TRACE AIR IMPURITY ANALYZER FOR USE IN TOXIC AVIATION ENVIRONMENTS

Authors
  1. Leveson, R.
  2. Barker, N.
  3. Kuehn, L.
  4. Madill, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Photovac Inc, Thornhill ONT (CAN)
Abstract
An advanced air analyser is described that is capable of detecting a wide range of pollutants in ambient air at concentrations of well below 1 part-per-billion. The system employs a combination of photoionization detection with gas chromatography using air as the carrier gas; it is fully field portable and accepts a directly introduced sample of air without any need for time-consuming pre-concentration procedures. Applications for the instrument, the commercial embodiment of which is now being marketed under the trade name Airscan, include the monitoring of all manner of environments including those within aircraft and spacecraft as well as external environments which may be contaminated during fuelling operations or by accidental emissions from specialized ordinance, Hydrazine is of particular current relevance.
Report Number
80-P-41 — Research Paper, Paper reprinted from AGARD Conference Proceedings No. 309 (DSIS 82-00021)
Date of publication
01 Jan 1980
Number of Pages
12
DSTKIM No
84-02026
CANDIS No
121416
Format(s):
Originator's fiche received by DSIS;Hardcopy

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