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Benzene Gas Detection
12 February 2018

The Effects of Humidity During Gas Detection


Effects of humidity

The presence of humidity in the sample gas can unfortunately disrupt the measurement leading to inaccurate results. Heated inlets to achieve a stable temperature (typically 50oC) are power hungry and a challenge to achieve in, say a refinery, where stringent intrinsic safety (IS) requirements have to be met.

However, looking at Figure 1, the presence of an additional fence electrode within a PID sensor, can overcome the problem and practically eliminate the effect of humidity. It does this by behaving as a conductive break when there is excess current ow caused by the presence of humidity.

Gas Detection Calibration
11 December 2017

How to bump test and calibrate gas detection equipment


ATEX, IEC, British HSE, and US OSHA standards all call for the bump test and calibration of any portable instrument used for worker health and safety protection in a potentially hazardous environment. In order to ensure safety it is necessary not only for the gas meter to read accurately but also to have functional alarms that alert the worker to a hazardous condition. Initial calibration upon receiving the instrument is necessary and, because most sensors can suffer decreased response over time, recalibration will be required.