Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 26(1), 101 (2010).

Estimation of the Concentration of Dyes in Clear Solutions Using a Digital Camera
Abolfazl AGHANOURI, Seyed Hossein AMIRSHAHI, and Farnaz AGAHIAN
Department of Textile Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran 15914, Iran
The RGB values obtained from a digital camera were employed for reconstruction of spectral data of transparent colored solutions. A capturing box was assembled, and a spectral dataset gathered from colored solutions was used for this purpose. The matrix R method was employed to reconstruct the spectral transmission from RGB data. Two different light sources i.e. fluorescent and halogen lamps, were employed to achieve two sets of camera responses. The results of spectral transmission recovery confirmed the applicability of the matrix R method by the value of 3.24% as the average of root mean square percentage errors between the actual and reconstructed spectra. The reconstructed transmissions were converted to absorbance spectra, and the concentrations of colored solutions were simply estimated by Beer’s Law. The estimated concentrations were within the acceptable concentrations errors for some types of applications, such as estimating the amount of dyestuff in the dye solution.