Development and Field Testing of a Highly Sensitive Mercaptans Instrument

The main objectives of this research project are to develop and field test a new, portable low-cost instrument to measure hydrogen sulfites and mercaptans, routinely encountered in liquid propane, natural gas, renewable natural gas, biogas, landfill gas and other gases. The instrument will allow detection and measurement of such compounds at the parts per billion level addressing a long-standing need for a technology that can replace the human nose for leak detection. The instrument will also be capable of detecting trace constituents in renewable gas.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

    U.S. Department of Transportation
    East Building, 2nd Floor 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Holohan, Vincent

  • Performing Organizations:

    Northeast Gas Association

  • Principal Investigators:

    D'Zurko, Daphne

  • Start Date: 20100930
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120727
  • Source Data: RiP Project 31172

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  • Accession Number: 01492477
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTPH56-10-T-000022
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2013 1:00AM