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Hydrocarbons Gas Sensor by NevadaNano

Hydrocarbons are organic compounds consisting of only hydrogen and carbon atoms...

Almost all hydrocarbons occur naturally in crude oils, such as petroleum and natural gas. The reason behind this is that crude oil is made of decomposed organic matter, which is abundant in hydrogen and carbon atoms. While hydrocarbons can be found in other natural sources, such as natural crude rubber, most uses are in the petrochemical industry. Because they can be dangerous chemicals, hydrocarbon gas sensors are essential in many industries.

What Are Hydrocarbons?

Hydrocarbons are the most widely used organic compound on the planet. They are used for combustion and energy sources, transport fuels, solvents, cleansers, lubricants, and greases, among other uses. Common hydrocarbon gases found across many industries include: Hydrogen Methane (CH4): Methane is lighter than air and readily burns in the air. It is odorless and colorless. Ethane (C2H6): Ethane is also odorless and colorless, with a very low ignition temperature. Propane (C3H8): Propane is a versatile fuel that is colorless and odorless and commonly exists as a flammable liquid or gas. Butanes (CH10): Butane is highly flammable and exists as a gas at room temperature. It is colorless but has an odor like gasoline. Pentanes (C5H12): Pentane is a clear, colorless liquid with an odor like petroleum. Hexane (C6H14): Hexane is odorless and odorless when pure but readily combusts. Heptane (C7H16): Heptane is a flammable chemical that is commonly used as a solvent. It is colorless and has a petroleum odor. This list also includes trace amounts of octane (C8H18) and higher molecular weight hydrocarbons.

How Are Hydrocarbons Dangerous?

Hydrocarbons are frequently found in many homes in small amounts. But even small amounts can pose a health hazard. If these toxic (and combustible) gases are inhaled, serious breathing problems can develop. In high concentrations, a pneumonia-like condition can occur. If this problem escalates, it can cause irreversible lung damage, coma, seizure, irregular heart rhythms, damage to the kidneys and liver, and death. Workers in the petroleum industry or any industry that uses petroleum products are at risk of hydrocarbon exposure. In addition to the harmful physical effects of the chemicals themselves, there are additional risks, such as: Creating an oxygen-deficient environment that could lead to asphyxiation. Fires or explosions if the concentrations are high enough and an ignition source is present. The rapid development of high concentrations since these chemicals are frequently stored under pressure in pipelines or storage containers.

Selecting the Best Hydrocarbon Gas Sensor

There can be no denying that hydrocarbons present a grave threat to many workplaces. The best way to keep the environment and employees safe is by selecting the most reliable gas sensor on the marketplace. NevadaNano’s MPS sensor provides exceptional reliability and accuracy. The sensor design includes an intrinsically safe housing unit and easy-to-use software. It also features environmental compensation so you know you are getting an accurate reading no matter the environmental conditions. The innovative design of the MPS relies on superb electronics as part of the micro-electromechanical (MEMS) transducer to detect the full range of combustible gases quickly. To learn more about the benefits of the most innovative hydrocarbon gas sensor on the market, contact GVZ Components today.