The OndaVia Ammonia Analysis Cartridge is designed to measure ammonia in a variety of samples. Matrices include fresh and drinking water, steel mill coking unit process water, and refinery process (sour) water. Measuring parts per million (ppm) levels of ammonia is crucial in various applications where accurate monitoring of ammonia concentration is essential. Ammonia is a colorless gas with a distinct, pungent odor, and it is commonly used in industrial processes. In concentrated form, it is caustic and hazardous, yet it is widely found in nature at trace-level concentrations. Ammonia can act as a nitrogen food source and fertilizer, while also being a waste product generated by aquatic organisms.
Applications for ppm-level ammonia measurements
- Industrial Emissions Monitoring:
- Industries that emit ammonia, such as those involved in chemical manufacturing, agriculture, and wastewater treatment, need to monitor and control ammonia emissions to comply with environmental regulations. Continuous monitoring of ppm levels ensures that emissions stay within permissible limits.
- Air Quality Monitoring:
- Ammonia is a common air pollutant, and monitoring its concentration in ambient air is important for assessing overall air quality. Elevated ammonia levels can have environmental and health implications, making accurate measurements crucial for regulatory compliance and public health.
- Wastewater Treatment:
- Ammonia is a byproduct of organic matter decomposition in wastewater. Monitoring ammonia levels in wastewater treatment plants helps optimize biological treatment processes, ensuring that ammonia is efficiently removed to meet effluent discharge standards.
- Food and Beverage Industry:
- In the food and beverage industry, ammonia is sometimes used in refrigeration systems. Monitoring ppm-levels ensures the safety of food storage and processing environments. Ammonia leaks pose health risks, so early detection is essential.
- Power Plants:
- Ammonia is commonly used as a reagent in flue gas treatment systems for nitrogen oxide (NOx) reduction in power plants. Monitoring ammonia levels helps ensure the proper functioning of these systems and compliance with emissions regulations.
- Ammonia is a key component of fertilizers, and its concentration in soil or irrigation water needs to be carefully monitored to optimize crop growth and prevent over-fertilization, which can lead to environmental issues.
- Laboratory Research:
- In laboratory settings, researchers may need to measure ppm-levels of ammonia for various experiments and analyses, such as in environmental studies or chemical reactions involving ammonia.
- Livestock Farming:
- Ammonia is produced in large quantities in animal waste, especially in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Monitoring ammonia levels in barns and manure management systems is crucial to maintaining air quality and the health of both animals and workers.
- Chemical Process Control:
- Industries that use or produce ammonia as part of their manufacturing processes, such as the production of fertilizers or chemicals, rely on accurate ppm-level measurements to control and optimize their processes.
- Health and Safety Monitoring:
- In occupational settings where ammonia is used or may be present, monitoring ppm levels is essential for ensuring the safety of workers. Early detection of elevated ammonia concentrations can trigger safety protocols and prevent exposure.
Our method for ammonia analysis builds upon the long-standing salicylate method with the addition of an internal standard and the use of Quantitative Raman Spectroscopy for measurement. The value reported is NH3 (ppm) and may be converted to NH3-N by dividing by 1.216.
Tests are supplied ten (10) per box.
For automated analysis, see the ORCA-202 system.