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In situ Measurements of HCN in a Tube Furnace with Infrared Polarization Spectroscopy

Sun Z., Försth M., Li Z., Li B. and Alden, M., 2011. In situ Measurements of HCN in a Tube Furnace with Infrared Polarization Spectroscopy. Fire Safety Science 10: 279-291. 10.3801/IAFSS.FSS.10-279


Spatially and temporally resolved in situ measurements of HCN in a steady state tube furnace have been performed using mid-Infrared Polarization Spectroscopy (IRPS). Such measurements are important for the understanding of the detailed HCN chemistry, including pyrolysis, gas phase production, and gas phase consumption. The measurements presented here are in agreement with existing models for HCN chemistry. In particular, it was found that high temperatures and good ventilation results in relatively high peak concentrations of HCN inside the tube furnace. At the same time these conditions also result in high consumption rates of HCN in the hot fire effluents. The result indicates that, although the peak concentrations are highest for high temperatures and good ventilations, the concentration at the tunnel exit are lower for these conditions than for those at lower temperatures and for underventilated conditions.

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