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Sensors 2016, 16(11), 1889; doi:10.3390/s16111889

Investigation of Gas-Sensing Property of Acid-Deposited Polyaniline Thin-Film Sensors for Detecting H2S and SO2

State Key Laboratory of Power Transmission Equipment & System Security and New Technology, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China
School of Electrical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
Fuyang Power Supply Company, State Grid Anhui Electric Power Company, Fuyang 236000, China
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Academic Editor: Vittorio M. N. Passaro
Received: 19 September 2016 / Revised: 20 October 2016 / Accepted: 7 November 2016 / Published: 10 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Latent insulation defects introduced in manufacturing process of gas-insulated switchgears can lead to partial discharge during long-time operation, even to insulation fault if partial discharge develops further. Monitoring of decomposed components of SF6, insulating medium of gas-insulated switchgear, is a feasible method of early-warning to avoid the occurrence of sudden fault. Polyaniline thin-film with protonic acid deposited possesses wide application prospects in the gas-sensing field. Polyaniline thin-film sensors with only sulfosalicylic acid deposited and with both hydrochloric acid and sulfosalicylic acid deposited were prepared by chemical oxidative polymerization method. Gas-sensing experiment was carried out to test properties of new sensors when exposed to H2S and SO2, two decomposed products of SF6 under discharge. The gas-sensing properties of these two sensors were compared with that of a hydrochloric acid deposited sensor. Results show that the hydrochloric acid and sulfosalicylic acid deposited polyaniline thin-film sensor shows the most outstanding sensitivity and selectivity to H2S and SO2 when concentration of gases range from 10 to 100 μL/L, with sensitivity changing linearly with concentration of gases. The sensor also possesses excellent long-time and thermal stability. This research lays the foundation for preparing practical gas-sensing devices to detect H2S and SO2 in gas-insulated switchgears at room temperature. View Full-Text
Keywords: gas-insulated switchgear; partial discharge; polyaniline; acid deposition; gas-sensing property gas-insulated switchgear; partial discharge; polyaniline; acid deposition; gas-sensing property

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Dong, X.; Zhang, X.; Wu, X.; Cui, H.; Chen, D. Investigation of Gas-Sensing Property of Acid-Deposited Polyaniline Thin-Film Sensors for Detecting H2S and SO2. Sensors 2016, 16, 1889.

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