- Conference date: 15–17 April 2009
- Location: Brescia (Italy)
The e‐nose technology has enormous potentialities for in site monitoring of malodors. However a number of limitations are associated with the properties of chemical sensors, the performances of the signal processing and the realistic operation conditions of environmental field. From the experience of the research group in the field, the metal oxide based gas sensors (Figaro type) are until now the best chemical sensors for long term application, more than one year of continuous working in the field. To be usable for malodors measurement in the field, the e‐nose has to deal with the lack of long term stability of these sensors. The drift and the sensors replacement have to be considered. In order to appraise the time evolution of the sensors and the effect on the results of an electronic nose, experimentation has been performed during three years on two identical sensor arrays. The two arrays contain the same six Figaro sensors and are in the same sensor chamber of the e‐nose system. Both arrays have worked continuously during three years without break.
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