DEVELOPMENT OF THE MINITUBE AIR SAMPLING SYSTEM - AN AUTOMATED FIELD SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS SYSTEM

Authors
  1. Hancock, J.R.
  2. McAndless, J.M.
  3. Hicken, R.P.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
Abstract
The design, operation and initial performance of the Minitube Air Sampling System, an automated air sampling and analysis system for the monitoring of volatile organic compounds in air are described. This system, based on miniature solid adsorbent samping tubes (minitubes) and thermal desorption gas chromatographic analysis, performs capillary column separations without cryogenic refocusing techniques. Capillary column separations equivalent to traditional syringe injection were achieved with a precision of one and five per cent with respect to retention time and peak area. The system has been field tested and was successfully used for the analysis of minitubes containing the chemical warfare agent mustard.
Report Number
DRES-512 —
Date of publication
15 Jan 1990
Number of Pages
36
DSTKIM No
90-02288
CANDIS No
64552
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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