Real-time measurements of the particle geometric surface area by the weighted-sum method on a university campus

Leo N.Y. Cao, David Y.H. Pui

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Abstract

This study conducted field measurements of the particle geometric surface area (GSA) and number concentrations on a university campus via two real-time approaches: applying the weighted-sum (WS) method and using a Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS). The measurements were conducted on 4 subjects: laser printing, 3D printing, machining (waterjet cutting, sanding, and welding), and environmental aerosols. The highest emissions were found with 3D printing and welding; these concentrations were measured in the printer’s enclosure and when the local exhaust ventilation was on, respectively. In general, the two methods agreed well with each other, with an overall Pearson correlation coefficient of 0.85, although the concentrations constantly fluctuated over a wide range, from 20 to 4 × 104 μm2 cm–3. Since the GSA concentrations reported in this study are the first measurements for some scenarios, our results can serve as a reference for further research as well as for individuals in the vicinity of these emissions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1569-1581
Number of pages13
JournalAerosol and Air Quality Research
Volume20
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • 3D printing emission
  • Geometric surface area
  • Occupational exposure
  • Real-time
  • Weighted sum

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