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Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
Volume 2016, Article ID 9459516, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/9459516
Research Article

Virtual Instrument for Emissions Measurement of Internal Combustion Engines

Engineering Institute, Autonomous University of Baja California, Boulevard Benito Juarez, Insurgentes Este, 21280 Mexicali, BC, Mexico

Received 26 October 2015; Revised 27 January 2016; Accepted 28 January 2016

Academic Editor: Serban C. Moldoveanu

Copyright © 2016 Armando Pérez et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The gases emissions measurement systems in internal combustion engines are strict and expensive nowadays. For this reason, a virtual instrument was developed to measure the combustion emissions from an internal combustion diesel engine, running with diesel-biodiesel mixtures. This software is called virtual instrument for emissions measurement (VIEM), and it was developed in the platform of LabVIEW 2010® virtual programming. VIEM works with sensors connected to a signal conditioning system, and a data acquisition system is used as interface for a computer in order to measure and monitor in real time the emissions of O2, NO, CO, SO2, and CO2 gases. This paper shows the results of the VIEM programming, the integrated circuits diagrams used for the signal conditioning of sensors, and the sensors characterization of O2, NO, CO, SO2, and CO2. VIEM is a low-cost instrument and is simple and easy to use. Besides, it is scalable, making it flexible and defined by the user.