The overall performance of an electronic nose system will depend on the individual performance of its constituent elements. Although often overlooked, it is clear that careful design/selection of the front‐end signal conditioning circuit is of critical importance if optimal performance of the odour sensing system is to be achieved. In this paper circuits are reviewed, which have been employed as front‐end signal conditioners for resistance‐based sensors in electronic nose systems, with many of the conclusions drawn being equally applicable to other resistor sensors. The relevant equations governing the behaviour of each circuit methodology are derived and advantages and disadvantages are discussed. The performance of the circuit is then quantitatively assessed in a specific test case, in which the maximum sensitivity of the circuit is calculated in relation to the task of interfacing to a theoretical thin‐film conducting‐polymer sensor.
Arshak, K., Lyons, G., Cavanagh, L. and Clifford, S. (2003), "Front‐end signal conditioning used for resistance‐based sensors in electronic nose systems: a review", Sensor Review, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 230-241. https://doi.org/10.1108/02602280310481850Download as .RIS
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