Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)
Date of Last Revision
Honors Project: 3370: 497-002; 497-003
Number of Credits
Bachelor of Science
Date of Expected Graduation
This project aimed to develop a methane sensor for deployment on an unmanned aerial system (UAS), or drone, platform. This design is centered around low cost, commercially available modular hardware components and open source software libraries. Once successfully developed, this system was deployed at the Bath Nature Preserve in Bath Township, Summit County Ohio in order to detect any potential on site fugitive methane emissions in the vicinity of the oil and gas infrastructure present. The deliverables of this project (i.e. the data collected at BNP) will be given to the land managers there to better inform future management and planning. Despite showing initial promise, further work is needed to fully assess the utility of this system. Beyond this application, the proposed system has implications for the crowdsourcing of air quality data collection due to the low cost and commercial availability of hardware components and the open source nature of any necessary software.
Dr. Shanon Donnelly
Dr. Linda Barrett
Dr. Hunter King
Honors Faculty Advisor
Dr. John Peck
DeMali, Gavin, "Developing a UAS-Deployable Methane Sensor Using Low-Cost Modular Open-Source Components" (2020). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1051.
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