Patent Number: 6,251,344

Title: Air quality chamber: relative humidity and contamination controlled systems

Abstract: The present invention provides a means and a device to control relative humidity and airborne contaminants within a defined environment. The devices and methods of the present invention enable a user to regulate the relative humidity of a defined environment and insure that extreme conditions, e.g. less than 15% or greater than 90% relative humidity, do not exist. The air quality control system can also be used to control the relative humidity in and about a narrow range. Control over relative humidity and airborne contaminants is achieved by combining an appropriate salt and water solution, such as a saturated salt solution with a solid phase of that salt, with an isolation membrane and a getter system. The present invention is particularly useful for housing sensors, such as SIR sensors, which are sensitive to relative humidity extremes. The incorporation of a relative humidity control system with a SIR sensor results in greater stability, longer life, an increased response at relative humidity extremes, and a more uniform response over the entire range of relative humidity and temperature. Unlike conventional methods and devices, the present invention uses no power, can be open to the atmosphere, is orientation independent, and is inexpensive.

Inventors: Goldstein; Mark K. (Del Mar, CA)

Assignee: Quantum Group, Inc.

International Classification: G05D 22/02 (20060101); G05D 22/00 (20060101); A62B 007/08 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018