Insight - Learn the Working of a Gas Sensor
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While other wires are attached to the outer body of the element, Nickel-Chromium wires are placed inside the element in a spring shaped. Image 5 shows coiled part of the wire which is placed on the inside of the hollow ceramic.
Image06 shows the ceramic with tin dioxide on the top coating that has good adsorbing property. Any gas to be monitored has specific temperature at which it ionizes. The task of the sensor is to work at the desired temperature so that gas molecules get ionized. Through Nickel-chromium wire, the ceramic region of the sensing element is subjected to heating current. The heat is radiated by the element in the nearby region where gases interact with it and get ionized. Once, ionized, they are absorbed by the tin dioxide. Adsorbed molecules change the resistance of the tin dioxide layer. This changes the current flowing through the sensing element and is conveyed through the output leads to the unit that controls the working of the gas sensor.