Several years ago an “electronic nose” was developed at Linköping University in Sweden. It was based on a number of different gas sensors and programmed to differentiate between various substances in air. This nose is now being joined by a corresponding sensor for fluids, the “electronic tongue.” The principle behind the “electronic tongue” is that a number of electrodes are submerged in the fluid. When a current is turned on across the electrodes the response varies depending on the liquid’s content of electromagnetically active substances and/or charged particles. The idea is the sensors should be able to be used to monitor quality in the production of fluid products.
In a dissertation, researcher Susanne Holmin has tested the “electronic tongue” on liquid washing detergent and on cultured milk. Her results show that it is important to find the right combination of electrodes of various materials (copper, gold, iridium, silver, platinum, etc.) and various metering methods (metering conductivity, current, and/or voltage) to maximize the information attained.
Before the “tongue” can be used in full scale industrial applications, further development needs to be carried out to ensure that the process functions over the long term, even if the electrodes build up deposits of particles in the fluids. But industries are keenly interested, and a variant of the “tongue” has just started to be tested at a dairy in the southern province of Skåne.
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