I can only re-emphasize waht Claudia has pointed out already. You really do not want to have chlorine in your EA-IRMS system.
In my lab we see exactly the same problems as Claudia has described: failure of combustion reactors (= pin-prick holes in the quartz glass wall with molten tin breaking through); heavy damage to the O-rings on either end of the water trap; ultimately irreversible damage to the GC column; and I shudder to think what it does to the ion source and the pumps.
Impact on the instrument and resulting cost implications aside, to add insult ot injury results are not of the same quality as results of "benign" samples. Though still acceptable they are just not as good as one has grown accustomed to.
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Aldous Huxley, "Proper Studies", 1927
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We are looking at analysing trichlorsilane using EA. Does anyone have
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elemental analyser for d13C? And does the higher levels of Cl affect
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