Fast on-line analysis of process alkane gas mixtures by NIR spectroscopy

H.F.M. Boelens, W.Th. Kok, O.E. de Noord, A.K. Smilde

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Proper operation of a molecular sieve process for the separation of iso- and cyclo-alkanes front normal alkanes requires the fast online detection of normal alkanes breaking through the column. The feasibility of using near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy for this application was investigated. Alkane mixtures were prepared according to an experimental design. These mixtures, containing small amounts of normal alkanes (C5-C7) and varying amounts of iso- and cyclo-alkanes (seven compounds), were analyzed simultaneously at 160 degrees C with the use of NIR spectroscopy and gas chromatography as a reference method. With an analysis time of 9 s, a critical level of 0.4% [mole/mole] of normal alkanes could be achieved. If a faster response is required, the analysis time can he reduced to 4 s, at the cost, however, of an increase in the critical level to about 1% [mole/mole]
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)406-412
JournalApplied spectroscopy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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