|Suction type or diffusion type detector?|
We are preparing for a new installation of a gas detection system. I’m wondering if we should apply suction or diffusion type detectors. What are the advantages and disadvantages of these detector types?
First of all it is good to explain the differences between a suction and a diffusion type gas detector.
A suction type detector incorporates a pump and allows for the connection of an incoming and an outgoing sample line. The detection unit continuously draws an air sample from a location, which is normally within a range of 10 meters from the gas detector. The sample line has a small outer diameter (6 mm) and can easily be entered into an installation or cabinet to be monitored. Using two connectors (in and out) the detector can be linked to for example the exhaust of a gas cabinet.
A diffusion type detector consists of a sensor and a detector body. The sensor is either united with the body or connected through a cable (e.g. TX-WAD remote sensor configuration). With a diffusion type detector it is essential to locate the sensor element (or sensor element and detector body) in the area of monitoring. For example for environmental monitoring the detector is placed on the wall in the area of monitoring and for cabinet exhausts monitoring the sensor is mounted on the exhaust pipe with a NW-40 flange and a KF-40 clamp.
When choosing between suction and diffusion type detection the following issues have to be considered: