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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Comparison of instruments for particle number size distribution measurements in air quality monitoring
Authors: Price, Heather
Stahlmecke, Burkhard
Arthur, Robert
Kaminski, Heinz
Lindermann, Jorg
Dauber, Eckhard
Asbach, Cristof
Kuhlbusch, Thomas A J
BeruBe, Kelly
Jones, Tim
Contact Email: heather.price@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: ELPI
SMPS
FMPS
APS
Number size distribution (NSD)
Issue Date: Oct-2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Price H, Stahlmecke B, Arthur R, Kaminski H, Lindermann J, Dauber E, Asbach C, Kuhlbusch TAJ, BeruBe K & Jones T (2014) Comparison of instruments for particle number size distribution measurements in air quality monitoring, Journal of Aerosol Science, 76, pp. 48-55.
Abstract: Number size distributions of airborne particles are relevant to fields including ambient monitoring, pharmaceutical and automotive measurements. A number of commercially available instruments can be used to determine particle number size distributions including the Electrical Low Pressure Impactor (ELPI), Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS), Fast Mobility Particle Sizer (FMPS) and the Aerodynamic Particle Sizer (APS). The comparability of the data provided by these instruments has not been fully tested for different kinds of aerosols. This study compared number size distributions of laboratory generated aerosols (TiO2, NaCl, fumed silica and soot) in a wind tunnel. Reasonable agreement was noted between the different instruments, though there were divergences. For example the ELPI was inconsistent at the upper and lower limits of its working size (at low concentrations). Instruments responded variably to different particle types, which has important implications for sampling heterogeneous particle mixtures such as those found in urban air. This study highlights the need for caution when comparing data obtained from different particle instruments, and demonstrates the requirement for further comparison studies in controlled settings using an assortment of particle types with the aim to standardise and harmonise particle sampling protocols.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/22013
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaerosci.2014.05.001
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. Accepted refereed manuscript of: Price H, Stahlmecke B, Arthur R, Kaminski H, Lindermann J, Dauber E, Asbach C, Kuhlbusch TAJ, BeruBe K & Jones T (2014) Comparison of instruments for particle number size distribution measurements in air quality monitoring, Journal of Aerosol Science, 76, pp. 48-55. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaerosci.2014.05.001 © 2015, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Affiliation: Biological and Environmental Sciences
Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology
Cardiff University
Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology
Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology
Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology
Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology
Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology
Cardiff University
Cardiff University

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