Articles | Volume 6, issue 8
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 1993–2005, 2013

Special issue: Measurements of ship emissions

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 1993–2005, 2013

Research article 13 Aug 2013

Research article | 13 Aug 2013

Stack emission monitoring using non-dispersive infrared spectroscopy with an optimized nonlinear absorption cross interference correction algorithm

Y. W. Sun1,*, C. Liu2,*, K. L. Chan3, P. H. Xie1, W. Q. Liu1, Y. Zeng1, S. M. Wang1, S. H. Huang1, J. Chen1, Y. P. Wang1, and F. Q. Si1 Y. W. Sun et al.
  • 1Key Laboratory of Environmental Optics and Technology, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031, China
  • 2Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • 3School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • *These two authors contributed equally to this work.

Abstract. In this paper, we present an optimized analysis algorithm for non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) to in situ monitor stack emissions. The proposed algorithm simultaneously compensates for nonlinear absorption and cross interference among different gases. We present a mathematical derivation for the measurement error caused by variations in interference coefficients when nonlinear absorption occurs. The proposed algorithm is derived from a classical one and uses interference functions to quantify cross interference. The interference functions vary proportionally with the nonlinear absorption. Thus, interference coefficients among different gases can be modeled by the interference functions whether gases are characterized by linear or nonlinear absorption. In this study, the simultaneous analysis of two components (CO2 and CO) serves as an example for the validation of the proposed algorithm. The interference functions in this case can be obtained by least-squares fitting with third-order polynomials. Experiments show that the results of cross interference correction are improved significantly by utilizing the fitted interference functions when nonlinear absorptions occur. The dynamic measurement ranges of CO2 and CO are improved by about a factor of 1.8 and 3.5, respectively. A commercial analyzer with high accuracy was used to validate the CO and CO2 measurements derived from the NDIR analyzer prototype in which the new algorithm was embedded. The comparison of the two analyzers show that the prototype works well both within the linear and nonlinear ranges.