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Detection of Hydrogen Released In a Full-Scale Residential Garage


Experiments were conducted to assess detectability of a low-level leak of hydrogen gas and the uniformity of hydrogen concentration at selected sensor placement locations in a realistic setting. A 5%2hydrogen/95%2nitrogen gas mixture was injected at a rate of 350 L/min for about 3/4 hour into a 93m3 residential garage space through a 0.09 m2 square open-top dispersion box located on the floor. Calibrated catalytic sensors were placed on ceiling and wall locations, and the sensors detected hydrogen early in the release and continued to measure concentrations to peak and diminishing levels. Experiments were conducted with and without a car parked over the dispersion box. The results show that a car positioned over the dispersion box tends to promote dilution of the hydrogen, cause a longer time for locations to reach a fixed threshold, and produce lower peak concentrations than with no car present.

Related subjects: Safety
Countries: United States

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Detection of Hydrogen Released In a Full-Scale Residential Garage

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