[en] Electronic nose ; Real malodours ; Field monitoring
[en] The paper provides some considerations resulting from measurements with electronic noses around real sources of malodour in the environment: compost facilities, printing houses, paint shops, waste water treatment plants, rendering plants, settling ponds of sugar factories. The study aims at supplying the concrete information requested by the final user in the field: either a warning signal when the malodour level exceeds some given threshold value, the identification of the source of an odour detected on site, or on-line identification and monitoring of an odour in the field. Very simple instruments are used, either in the laboratory or directly in the field, with a home-made portable e-nose, based on tin oxide sensors. Even with such simple operating conditions, the classification results with DA and PCA are fairly good. The classification functions calibrated with the statistical procedure, on the basis of the learning phase, are used to recognise and to monitor a given malodour. This odour is sometimes mixed with other odorous interferences in the field. The observations reveal some features useful in the frame of the development of a field detector.