MASSO (Italian MISE)

Project acronym: MASSO

Project full title: Stand-Off System for Monitoring Asbestos in Building Rubble

Funding: Italian MISE

Area: Smart Sensors

Stand-Off detection of Asbestos
Development of a short-distance stand-off sensor to monitor building rubble flowing on a conveyor belt, and to detect the presence of asbestos.
Role of CREO
Project Coordinator and technology provider.
Sensing solution / Technology developed by CREO
Sensing based on IR backscattering spectroscopy. The system consists of an External Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser source, a thermocamera, collimation / collection optics, and expert system for data analysis.

TRL: 4.
The sensor breadboard was tested with a variety of building material samples, partly containing asbestos, partly not. Probability of Detection and Specificity resulted around 80% and slightly lower than the acceptable thersholds fixed at 85%. One of the main issue was found to be the presence of paints and mold at the surface, that can mask the signal of asbestos fibers


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