Investigation of adsorbed mercury distribution in silver coated filters by X-ray fluorescence

S. Kurunczi, S. Török, J. W. Beal

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Abstract

We have been working on mercury collection from flue gas by amalgamation and subsequent XRF analysis. Previous results showed unexpectedly high relative standard deviation (30.%) in collection efficiency when silver-coated filters were exposed to gas phase mercury in a pilot-scale test chamber. Filters were analyzed by micro-XRF, TXRF and conventional XRF to explore the source of scattering. It was concluded that mercury had inhomogeneously adsorbed in the filter as the cause of this variation, leading to a positive bias of ∼50% in efficiency value. Results reported in this paper suggest the TXRF method is accurate to within ±10% when X-ray counting statistics are not the limiting factor. Application of this filter in flue gas measurement will be presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-295
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Volume253
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Mercury
Flue gases
Silver
Fluorescence
Gases
X-Rays
X rays
Gas fuel measurement
Statistics
Scattering

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  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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Investigation of adsorbed mercury distribution in silver coated filters by X-ray fluorescence. / Kurunczi, S.; Török, S.; Beal, J. W.

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