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Passive aerosol sampler for particle concentrations and size distributions

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Abstract

This research evaluated the UNC passive aerosol sampler as a tool to measure particle mass concentrations and size distributions. The exposure scenario represented high concentrations and exposure periods of a few hours. Mass concentrations measured with the passive sampler were compared to concentrations measured using both a dichotomous sampler and an aerodynamic particle sizer (APS). In addition, the size distributions measured with the passive sampler were compared to those measured using the APS. Mass concentrations measured using the dichotomous sampler and the APS agreed well. The passive sampler tracked, but tended to overestimate, mass concentrations measured by the other two instruments. Size distributions measured with the passive sampler followed the general pattern of those measured using the APS. Overall, the passive sampler demonstrated both its utility and its limitations in these tests. The concentration measurements and size distributions found using passive samplers were more variable than those of the other instruments, but generally followed the data taken using the other methods. The advantages of low cost and ease of use offset the limitations in data quality with the passive sampler; these advantages are particularly welcome for sampling situations where aerosol properties vary over space or time.

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Submitted
17 Oct 2007
Accepted
18 Jan 2008
First published
18 Feb 2008

J. Environ. Monit., 2008,10, 331-335
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Passive aerosol sampler for particle concentrations and size distributions

T. Whitehead and D. Leith, J. Environ. Monit., 2008, 10, 331 DOI: 10.1039/B714225K

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