Samsung microwave gas sensor teardown

The Smell of Molten Projects in the Morning blog does a teardown of a microwave gas sensor from a Samsung oven.

The sensor element has a resistance varying with gas concentration.

The heater measured 30 Ω on the dot and the sensor was an open circuit on the 100 MΩ range. Connecting the heater to a 5 V supply dropped the sensor resistance to 800 kΩ @ 50 %RH and a warm breath punched it to about 2 MΩ. That’s with an ohmmeter because I haven’t yet unpacked the Electronics Bench, but seems far above the spec of 20-70 kΩ in air.

Check out the full teardown in the post here.


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