Purge and Trap Mystery

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Hi All,

I'm having an issue with one of our 524.2 instruments. Earlier this week the recoveries suddenly dropped to ~15% of the calibration. I've tried everything i can think of to locate the issue and can't.

I'm running an Archon connected to an OI 4560 to 6890/5973. 11 minute purge at 40 mL/min 1 minute dry purge, desorb pre-heat to 135 and 4 minute desorb at 190 (we can't change the desorb time) and a 10 minute bake at 210. so far i've run an electronic leak detector over every line and joint and found nothing. I measured the flow from the Archon (we use soil mode for everything) and it's right about 40 mL/min. i then took the trap off and put the flow meter at the water management were the trap connects and it measures ~ 40 mL/min. From the transfer line to the GC only measures only 5-8 mL/min. So far i've tried changing the P&T-GC transfer line, 6-port valve, and the lower valve on the manifold. None of that changed anything, i'm concerned it might be the EPC on the 6890 but don't have one to swap out and check. Does anyone have any ideas?

quick edit: i did do a direct inject and everything was fine.
Have you checked trap by swaping it with new one ?
What is your column flow rate and split ratio? A flow through the transfer line of 8ml/minute and a column flow of 0.8 ml/min would be just about right if using 10:1 split ratio, if using 50:1 then it would be very low.
The past is there to guide us into the future, not to dwell in.
You may want to change your soil probe and see if this takes care of it (this was our problem). If not, carefully check the fittings connected to the probe (BE VERY CAREFUL, BECAUSE THE SURFACE IS HOT). Good luck.
James_Ball wrote:
What is your column flow rate and split ratio? A flow through the transfer line of 8ml/minute and a column flow of 0.8 ml/min would be just about right if using 10:1 split ratio, if using 50:1 then it would be very low.


My column flow is 1.2 mL/min at a 40:1 split ratio.
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