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Closed Access item Multipumping flow systems devoid of computer control for process and environmental monitoring

Authors:Horstkotte, Burkhard
Duarte, Carlos M.
Cerdà, Víctor
Issue Date:2012
Publisher:Gordon and Breach Science Publishers
Citation:International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry 92: 344- 354 (2012)
Abstract:In this paper we describe for the first time the use of astable multivibrator circuits for computer-less control of solenoid micropumps and application for analytical flow techniques. Triggering and powering were accomplished using the NE555 integrated circuit. The activation and deactivation time intervals were adjusted using 10-turn trimmer potentiometers. The potential and characteristics of the instrumentation were studied on a two-channel flow system injecting an indigo carmine indicator solution. Subsequently, a three-channel flow system was assembled and successfully applied to the determination of nitrite in well waters. One circuit was used to control the activation time intervals of three further circuits used for the control of the flow rates or pulsation of solenoid micropumps. These were used for driving carrier, reagent, and sample in an analytical flow system. In the present work, the utility of the circuits for the construction of simple multipumping flow systems was demonstrated. A main feature to be highlighted was the simplicity and very low costs of the controlling circuits, favouring economic and miniaturised flow analysers. Second, no expenses or knowledge are required for the usual software control of the solenoid micropumps. This allows working with every existing detector without considering any problems of software and control compatibility. Third, owing to these features, the proposed assembly is especially suited for simple monitoring analysers, sample provision from an environmental or industrial process, or chemical education. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10261/57138
Identifiers:doi: 10.1080/03067319.2010.548601
issn: 0306-7319
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