Tutorial 1.2

Monday, 3 May 2021, 12:00 - 13:30


Testing of gas and humidity sensors


Presenter: Carlo Tiebe, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Berlin (Germany)


The testing of gas and humidity sensors is essential for the application of sensing devices. The testing determines properties of an investigated humidity sensor or gas sensor. In testing, the sensor property is the observed response of a sensing system to an input stimulus in comparison to a reference within a test procedure. This tutorial is structured into six chapters. The first chapter is about basics of hygrometry and gas sensing. It includes definitions, sensor classification, overview of application categories, as well as construction and functional principles. The chapter on requirements of deployed sensors focus on stability, response time, cross-sensitivity, electrical and mechanical requirements, and other. The sensing performance is characterised by determinations of parameters like accuracy, repeatability, detection limits (low and high), and response/recovery time. The description of testing signals on specified qualitative and quantitative characteristics, and the adequately estimated measurement uncertainty is the content of the analysis chapter. All chapters contain examples of testing procedures from testing/calibration labs for hygrometers and gas sensors which are essential for implementation into quality management systems.

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