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Some Problems Noted in the Use of Taguchi Semiconductor Gas Sensors as Residential Fire/Smoke Detectors. Final Report.


pdf icon Some Problems Noted in the Use of Taguchi Semiconductor Gas Sensors as Residential Fire/Smoke Detectors. Final Report. (635 K)
Bukowski, R. W.; Bright, R. G.

NBSIR 74-591; 10 p. October 1974.

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Keywords:

false alarms; taguchi gas sensor (trademark); fire detectors; fire tests; smoke detectors; sensors

Abstract:

This paper examines some aspects of Taguchi semiconductor gas sensors and their use as residential fire/smoke detectors based on theoretical and experimental considerations. It was found that these sensors have difficulty detecting fires involving complete combustion along with a greater than normal propensity to false alarm to other than fire conditions. Both of these problems raise serious questions as to the suitability of these sensors as resiential fire/smoke detectors, at least at their present state of development.