Flammable and Combustible Gases

In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing 11, injuring 17, and resulting in one of the biggest oil leaks in history. In the lead-up to the explosion, combustible natural gas had accumulated to dangerous levels; however, the sensors designed to detect elevated levels of combustible gases had been silenced to avoid the regular hassle of false alarms.

Detecting flammable and combustible gases quickly and accurately is a matter of life and death for first responders and for industries that process hydrogen, hydrocarbon-based fuels and chemicals, and explosive substances. Flammable and combustible gas sensing technologies also protect valuable infrastructure and the environment at large.

 

Gas Detecting Technology

Currently available sensing technologies are challenged in key aspects of performance, reliability, and cost-of-ownership. NevadaNano’s new MPS™ Flammable Gas Sensor is the first completely new technology for flammable gas detection in over 40 years, and was designed to address the key shortcomings of existing combustible, flammable, and explosive gas sensors.

The MPS™ Flammable Gas Sensor can accurately measure the concentration of an unprecedented 12 different flammable and combustible gas mixtures, all with just a single calibration to methane. Further, it can classify detected gases into categories—hydrogen, hydrogen-containing mixtures, methane (or natural gas), and light, medium or heavy gases/mixtures—thereby addressing the need for a sensor platform flexible enough for complex industrial environments.

 

How It Works

The MPS™ is built on a robust Microelectromechanical-system (MEMS) platform that is inherently poison and drift-resistant, enabling calibration intervals that can be measured in years. Built-in environmental compensation enables reliable, accurate performance across a range of harsh conditions, from -40C to 75C and 5% to 95% relative humidity.

The MPS Flammable Gas Sensor is designed with its critical role in mind, and achieves levels of functionality and reliability that set a new standard in flammable gas safety.