This project's research designed and built a Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (TOF LMS) capable of in-line industrial micro analysis of a variety of materials and compounds. The instrumentation developed offers several innovations: it has a simple design, it is versatile and of relatively low cost. Perhaps most importantly, it is portable, and opens the door to the creation of ultra-light battery powdered 'packpack' LMS units.
THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS THE ADAPTATION OF LASER BASED MASS SPECTROMETRIC TECHNIQUES FOR IN-STREAM DIAGNOSTICS OF ORES, SLURRIES AND SOLUTIONS.
A LASER MASS SPECTROMETER PROTOTYPE IS TO BE DESIGNED, INSTALLED AND PILOT TESTED ON SITE AT AN ENRICHMENT PLANT.
THE USE OF CURRENTLY AVAILABLE HIGH-REPETITION RATE PULSED LASER SYSTEM (ND. YAG, EXCIMER OR DYE) ALLOWS THE IN-LINE AND ON-SITE REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLING TOGETHER WITH SENSITIVE AND SELECTIVE MONITORING OF THE TARGET COMPOUNDS OF INTEREST. IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS TECHNOLOGY IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE PRODUCTION EFFICIENCY, PRODUCT QUALITY AND EMPLOYEE SAFETY TOGETHER WITH LOWER CAPITAL INVESTMENT REQUIREMENTS THAN THE TECHNOLOGY CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts