High Range Infrared CO2 Sensor Carbon Dioxide Sensor - Cirius3

• Typical Sensing ranges: 0-30% volume to 0-100% volume CO2
• Power consumption: 150mW typical
• Response time (T90): < 30s
• MTBF: > 5 years
• Relative humidity: 0 - 95% RH non-condensing
• Operating temperature range: -30°C to +60°C
• Operating pressure range: 700 - 1300 hPa
• Supply voltage range: 2.8V - 5.5V

  • Model Number: Cirius3
  • Data Sheet: Date Sheet File
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  • High Range Infrared CO2 Sensor Carbon Dioxide Sensor
  • High Range Infrared CO2 Sensor Carbon Dioxide Sensor
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Product Specification

Cirius3 Infrared CO2 Sensor Carbon Dioxide Sensor Description and Operation
The Cirius range of sensors use the non-dispersive infrared method to detect the presence of gases. The sensors contain an infrared radiation source, a dual element infrared detector and a unique optical waveguide into which gas diffuses. The dual element infrared detector responds to changes in incident radiation and to operate the sensor the infrared source should be pulsed with a duty cycle of 50% at a frequency typically between 2Hz and 4Hz. The sensor produces outputs for active wavelengths, which are modified by the presence of target gas, and for reference wavelengths, which are not modified by the presence of target gas. These outputs consist of a small AC signal in sympathy with the source pulse that is superimposed on a DC voltage pedestal. The sensor also provides a measure of internal temperature via an embedded thermistor. The sensor requires a voltage supply too perate the infrared detector and the connections to the sensor follow the industry standard 7 pin format. 

To operate the sensor it must be connected to a suitable circuit that provides the source drive and extracts the small AC signals from the DC voltage pedestal. The circuit must amplify the small AC signals, extract a value from them and treat the results to provide a linear output related to gas concentration. The temperature output from the sensor should be used to apply temperature compensation in order to achieve the full performance specification.

Cirius3 Infrared CO2 Sensor Carbon Dioxide Sensor Features
• Latest technology MEMS detectors
• Typical Sensing ranges: 0-30% volume Carbon Dioxide to 0-100% volume Carbon Dioxide
• Absolute limit ranges: 0-10% volume Carbon Dioxide to 0-100% volume Carbon Dioxide
• All metal construction
• Patented sensor design
• Small internal volume
• Low power
• Active and Reference signal outputs
• Embedded thermistor temperature sensor output
• Wide operating temperature range
• Fast response
• Immunity from 'poisoning'
• Fail safe operation
• Electrically isolated housing

Cirius3 Infrared CO2 Sensor Carbon Dioxide Sensor Performance
Unless otherwise stated all data was taken using: Supply voltage of 5.0V. Lamp modulation of 0V – 5.0V, 50% duty cycle, 3.0Hz. Ambient temperature (between 20°C and 25°C). Ambient pressure (between 995 hPa and 1020 hPa). Gases diluted in nitrogen. Gas Flowrate 1litre/min across sensor face.
Power consumption:
150mW typical
Typical active signal in nitrogen:
2.3mV RMS (6.5mV p-p sinewave equivalent)
Typical reference signal in nitrogen:
3.5mV RMS (10mV p-p sinewave equivalent)
Temperature output:
3kΩ ± 5% NTC thermistor internally connected to 0V. Beta value 3450K
Typical % drop in active signal:
  At 100% volume carbon dioxide

Response time (T90)
< 30s
Warm up time:
  To operation
  To specification

< 30s
< 30 minutes
Nominal ranges:
0 - 10%volume carbon dioxide minimum
0 - 100% volume carbon dioxide maximum
Minimum resolution:
  At zero
  At range

< 0.5% of range
<2% of range
> 5 years
17.6 grams
Complies with EN61779-1
Relative humidity:
0 - 95% RH non-condensing
Operating temperature range:
-30°C to +60°C
Operating pressure range:
700 - 1300 hPa
Storage temperature range:
-40°C to +80°C
Supply voltage range:
2.8V - 5.5V
Lamp drive voltage range:
2.8V - 5.0V (50% duty cycle)

Matched Transmitter board for Cirius 3

  - OEM 4-20mA Transmitter for NDIR Gas Sensors (Methane/Carbon dioxide)

The Cirius X OEM 4-20mA transmitter is an extremely flexible transmitter for NDIR gas sensors providing a robust linear 4-20mA output in response to signals from standard NDIR gas sensors. All sensor driving, signal extraction and linearisation is performed on-board with calibration and configuration accessed by a menu driven sequence using 3 pushbuttons or via the RS232 port. The 2-line LCD display shows the gas concentration and units under normal operation, fault diagnostics under fault conditions and interactive text under pushbutton operation for calibration. The pushbuttons are disabled if the display is removed, enabling tamper-proof running. Sensor connections to the Cirius X are made by 3-way and 4-way crimp EH connectors, segregating the sensor supply from the signal lines. Connections for the input power and 4-20mA source output are via screw terminals and an earth spade terminal is provided along with an earth bonding pad for ease of earth connections.

1) Wide power supply voltage range                                             
2) Robust linear 4-20mA output stage
3) Fully configurable for a wide range of NDIR gas sensors           
4) Comprehensive RS232 communications
5) Extensive fault monitoring                
6) Input power and output signal polarity protection
7) Detachable 2 line LCD display with switchable backlight
8) Menu driven pushbutton calibration
9) Small size
10) Designed for fixed head systems
11) Optional plug in Hall Effect switch panel for “through the glass” calibration
12) Wide operating temperature range
13) Earth contact pad and earth spade terminal
14) Designed in accordance with the SIL specificatio

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