Abstract

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are commonly used as indicators of an organism's health, among other factors. Traditionally, gas chromatographs (GC) are used to classify these but are prohibitively expensive and impractical for field use. This thesis outlines the motivations, design, construction, and characterization of a portable GC. This proof-of-concept uses off-the-shelf components to show that the production of a device is feasible. It was able to successfully generate carrier gas from the surrounding air via filtration by activated carbon fiber filters. It was also able to reliably produce distinguishable peaks for acetone and hexane at retention times that were reasonable for a prototype system. With some modifications, this system has the strong potential for long-term implementation in the field.

Thesis Completion

2021

Semester

Spring

Thesis Chair

Hampton, Michael

Degree

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)

College

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Program

Mechanical Engineering

Language

English

Access Status

Campus Access

Length of Campus-only Access

3 years

Release Date

11-1-2024

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