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Development of an Electronic Nose for Environmental Odour Monitoring
Politecnico di Milano, Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta”, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano, Italy
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Sacmi s.c., via Provinciale Selice 17/a, 40026 Imola, Italy
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Received: 3 September 2012; in revised form: 18 October 2012 / Accepted: 19 October 2012 / Published: 25 October 2012
Abstract: Exhaustive odour impact assessment should involve the evaluation of the impact of odours directly on citizens. For this purpose it might be useful to have an instrument capable of continuously monitoring ambient air quality, detecting the presence of odours and also recognizing their provenance. This paper discusses the laboratory and field tests conducted in order to evaluate the performance of a new electronic nose, specifically developed for monitoring environmental odours. The laboratory tests proved the instrument was able to discriminate between the different pure substances being tested, and to estimate the odour concentrations giving correlation indexes (R2) of 0.99 and errors below 15%. Finally, the experimental monitoring tests conducted in the field, allowed us to verify the effectiveness of this electronic nose for the continuous detection of odours in ambient air, proving its stability to variable atmospheric conditions and its capability to detect odour peaks.
Keywords: odour detection; odour concentration; classification; field monitoring; humidity regulation
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Dentoni, L.; Capelli, L.; Sironi, S.; Rosso, R.D.; Zanetti, S.; Torre, M.D. Development of an Electronic Nose for Environmental Odour Monitoring. Sensors 2012, 12, 14363-14381.
Dentoni L, Capelli L, Sironi S, Rosso RD, Zanetti S, Torre MD. Development of an Electronic Nose for Environmental Odour Monitoring. Sensors. 2012; 12(11):14363-14381.
Dentoni, Licinia; Capelli, Laura; Sironi, Selena; Rosso, Renato D.; Zanetti, Sonia; Torre, Matteo D. 2012. "Development of an Electronic Nose for Environmental Odour Monitoring." Sensors 12, no. 11: 14363-14381.