Development of a perfluoromethylcyclohexane (PMCH) permeation plug release vessel (PPRV) for tracer gas studies in underground mines

Edmund C. Jong, Yiming Peng, William T. Bradley, Kray D. Luxbacher, Zach Agioutantis, Harold M. McNair

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Perfluoromethylcyclohexane (PMCH) is a member of the perfluorocarbon tracer (PFT) group of compounds. PMCH has been widely used in various tracer gas studies to characterize ventilation systems, atmospheric transport patterns, and pollution distribution schemes. PMCH exists as a volatile liquid at room temperature and pressure, a characteristic that prevents PMCH from being deployed using traditional means. This paper presents a design for a permeation plug release vessel (PPRV) for PMCH. The PPRV is designed to passively deploy PMCH vapor at constant rate as a function of temperature and plug thickness for quantitative tracer gas studies. Details regarding the development process and the release rate analysis are included.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-145
Number of pages10
JournalProcess Safety and Environmental Protection
StatePublished - May 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This publication was developed under Contract No. 200-2009-31933 , awarded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) . The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


  • Flow characterization
  • Perfluorocarbon tracers
  • Perfluoromethylcyclohexane
  • Tracer gas
  • Underground mines
  • Ventilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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