• Journal Article

A sampling approach for evaluating particle loss during continuous field measurement of particulate matter

Citation

Noble, C., Lawless, P., & Rodes, C. (2005). A sampling approach for evaluating particle loss during continuous field measurement of particulate matter. Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 22(2), 99-106. DOI: 10.1002/ppsc.200490014

Abstract

A method for evaluating sample bias in field measurements is presented. Experiments were performed in the field and laboratory to quantify the bias as a function of particle size for the scanning mobility particle sizer and the aerodynamic particle sizer. Sources of bias and sample loss considered in this work were sampling line loss, instrumental differences and inlet efficiencies. Measurement of the bias and sample loss allow for correction of the data acquired in the field, so as to obtain more representative samples of atmospheric concentrations. Substantial losses of fine and ultrafine particle count were observed, with sampling line losses ranging from 10-50 %, dependent on particle size. Only minor line losses were observed for coarse particles (approximately 5 %) because the sampling line was oriented vertically