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Hydrodynamic evaluation of gas testing chamber: Simulation, experiment

Abstract : Gas concentration measurements by means of metal oxide microsensors represent a promising issue due to several advantages (size, low cost, power consumption, reliability…). However, improvements are required to increase performances of complete experimental systems including microsensor and testing chamber at least. This paper deals with the study of different size and shape configurations of gas testing chamber, by coupling 3D unsteady modelling and experiments in the case of a SnO 2 sensor with ethanol gas flow. The influence of the testing-chamber design on the gas flow hydrodynamics and on the system response is shown. A new 3D-printed prototype chamber (boat-shape design), as compared to the commonly used testing chamber (cross-shape design), leads to an increase of the dynamics, an enhancement of the gas concentration homogeneity and a significant reduction of flow recirculation and dead volumes. In this work we have shown that the optimization of the test chamber (volume and shape) makes it possible to get as close as possible to the real electrical characteristics of the sensor. Consequently thanks to these new achieved characteristics, the performances of the whole system are improved.
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Fatima-Ezahra Annanouch, Gilles Bouchet, Pierre Perrier, Nicolas Morati, Christelle Reynard-Carette, et al.. Hydrodynamic evaluation of gas testing chamber: Simulation, experiment. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Elsevier, 2019, 290, pp.598-606. ⟨10.1016/j.snb.2019.04.023⟩. ⟨hal-02119785⟩

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