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Vol. 229, Issue 1, January 2019, pp. 1-10




Methane Gas Sensing Technologies in Combustion: Comprehensive Review

1 Pavel SHUK, 1 Chad MCGUIRE and 2 Eric BROSHA

1 Rosemount Measurement and Analytical, Emerson Automation Solutions, 6021 Innovation Blvd, Shakopee, MN 55379-4676, USA
2 Los Alamos National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
1 Tel.: +1 (952) 204 6030, fax: +1 (952) 204 2054

1 E-mail: Pavel.Shuk@Emerson.com


Received: 30 November 2018 /Accepted: 31 December 2018 /Published: 31 January 2019

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Abstract: Major methane (CH4) gas sensing technologies for the application in a combustion environment are reviewed with many theoretical and practical aspects, as well as basic installation and operation details. A comprehensive CH4 gas sensing technologies review is supported with the latest development trends. Performance and application options for methane measurements in the process using calorimetric, mixed potential electrochemical CH4 sensor, semiconductor detector and tunable diode (TD) laser and quantum cascade (QC) laser spectroscopy are discussed for the possible application in power generation, chemical production, heating, process control, safety, and quality. Special attention is given to the technology application limits and analyzerís system requirements.


Keywords: Combustion analysis, Flue gas, Methane gas sensing, Calorimetric catalytic CH4 sensor, Mixed potential CH4 sensor, Semiconductor CH4 detector, TDLS, QCLS.


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