Influence of operation temperature variations on NO measurements in low concentrations when applying the pulsed polarization technique to thimble-type lambda probes
Abstract. By applying the pulsed polarization technique, a thimble-type lambda probe can be used as a NOx sensor in the low ppm range. Due to the robustness of the sensor in harsh exhaust gas environments, this approach has many opportunities for application. The temperature operating range for best NO sensing properties is a crucial parameter. The sensor temperature changes with the ambient gas temperature, but can be stabilized actively by internal heating in a certain temperature range. This study evaluates in detail the temperature influence on NO sensitivity, so that an optimum operating point can be derived from these results using a dynamic measurement technique. Stepwise NO concentration changes between 0 and 12.5 ppm in synthetic exhausts demonstrate the potential of the concept.