The Rapidox range of gas analysers, from Cambridge Sensotec, have been manufactured for nearly 15 years – which is an achievement in itself.
But during this time period the company has supplied a number of prestigious universities, educational facilities and research centres with gas analysis instruments tailored to meet their exact needs.
Various university departments require gas analysis solutions as part of their laboratory test equipment, such as physics, chemistry, engineering, medicine and veterinary. Cambridge Sensotec have discovered numerous and interesting applications in which their Rapidox analysers are employed within. Amongst many, the following applications provide a brief snapshot of examples.
Widely used within research studies, gloveboxes are designed to create isolated environments when working with materials sensitive to ambient environments. An inert atmosphere is commonly used to prevent reactions from taking place. This is achieved by pumping an inert gas, such as argon or nitrogen, into the chamber which removes any solvents, moisture or oxygen present within the atmosphere. It is then possible to work safely with substances such as hazardous or radioactive materials and toxic chemicals, in addition to being able to carry out research into areas of catalytic reactions for example. Oxygen analysers are incorporated within gloveboxes in order to ensure the stability of the environment and to analyse the residual oxygen levels within the inert gases used. Cambridge Sensotec have supplied a number of Rapidox zirconia oxygen analysers to universities including Glasgow and the Imperial College London where they are used to monitor the storage of samples and chemicals, and the research of solar cells within glovebox applications.
The exploration of forces and factors that shape the earth and its environments, geoscience studies focus on geological processes and environmental sciences. Environmental awareness has increased over the years, leading to further studies into the means and methods of combatting climate change. Carbon capture or sequestration refers to the capture and long-term storage of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. A charcoal called biochar is currently under investigation for its potential effectiveness within the process. It is produced through the heating of dry biomass materials at temperatures of 250oC or greater, within a zero oxygen environment. The Biochar Research Centre, based in the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, have utilised the Rapidox 3100EB analyser in order to carry out CO and H2O analysis of the thermal decomposition of biomass within this procedure.
Encompassing many areas of science that directly impact everyday lives, bioscience involves the study of areas such agriculture and biomass, plant and animal development and the environment. A Rapidox zirconia analyser has been supplied to the facilities of the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), for monitoring the oxygen concentration within a breathing circuit.
Additionally a Rapidox 3100EA has been purchased by the Royal School of Veterinary Studies, part of the University of Edinburgh and one of the top veterinary schools within the UK. Their research spans all aspects of veterinary medicines. The 3100EA in particular is used to study respiration, with regards to the oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production of mice.
Metallurgy is a field of materials science and involves the study and investigation of the physical and chemical properties of metallic compounds, alloys and elements. Fields of metallurgy include ferrous and non-ferrous, casting research and metal forming technology. Examples of research projects that metallurgists may carry out includes methods of reducing corrosion or the treatment of metals in order to alter their strength. Additional projects may include the development of new prototypes or parts. Metallurgical research and metal production often takes place within furnaces. High temperature applications require an industrial analyser suitable for such harsh environments. The Rapidox 2100Z zirconia oxygen analyser is ideal for such applications, and has been adopted by the University of Leoben in Austria and Aalto University in Finland to aid with their research.