A gas sensor system for harsh environment applications
Gardner, J. W.
Vincent, Timothy A.
- Publisher: Elsevier
Engineering(all) | TA
A novel low power, miniature gas sensor measuring system is presented for application in harsh environmental conditions, i.e. to detect carbon monoxide and oxygen at temperatures of up to +225oC and high relative humidities up to 95%. The gas sensors are fabricated using SOI high temperature technology and two full custom ASICs are embedded into a high-temperature circuit board interfaced to a low-cost general purpose microcontroller. The sensor system has been developed for a CO concentration range of 0 to 300 ppm, O2 concentration range of 0 to 21%, and monitors the humidity and temperature of the gas, as well as operating temperatures of micro-heaters within the two MOX gas sensors. Feedback control is built into the program of the micro-controller to compensate for temperature dependence of gas sensors. Preliminary experiments show promising results for the intended application within domestic boilers.\ud