A Case Study of the Use of the “Summa Canister” for Passive “Off-Gas” Vent Sampling and Analysis

    Published: Jan 1991

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    The “SUMMA CANISTER” with a restricted flow orifice was used to collect and preserve “off-gas” vent samples from a landfill in Illinois. Since the method is rarely used for vent sampling, standard accepted methods were used to confirm the integrity of the technique. The technique presented some problems in analytical procedures. They were overcome, however, and the analysis was continued. The problems encountered are presented here with possible solutions. The method appears to have the potential to be one of the more efficient ways currently available for collecting and preserving gas samples.


    Passive venting, Summa canisters, Tenax/ Carbon molecular sieve traps, Cryogenic preconcentration

    Author Information:

    Solecki, MF
    Atmospheric/Marine Physical Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Edison, NJ

    Syvarth, HM
    Environmental Scientist, EPA/REAC Contract, Edison, NJ

    Campagna, P
    Chemist, USEPA, Environmental Response Team, Edison, NJ

    Batz, W
    Environmental Scientist, EPA/REAC Contract, Edison, NJ

    Committee/Subcommittee: D18.99

    DOI: 10.1520/STP25479S

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