Exposure to airborne organic compounds inside passenger vehicles

Ayoko, Godwin A., Blinco, James P., Kirk, Katherine M., & Uhde, Erik (2008) Exposure to airborne organic compounds inside passenger vehicles. In 11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, 17th August to 22nd August 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Exposure to airborne organic compounds inside passenger vehicles depends on several variables, including the type of fuels used by the car, age of the vehicle, engine capacity, intrusion of combustion products from other vehicles and the mechanical state of the vehicle. In this paper we report the result of a pilot study of the levels of volatile organic compounds, carbonyl compounds and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in a selection of passenger vehicles that were powered by diesel, unleaded petrol and liquefied petroleum gas. Application of hierarchical multivariate modelling to the data revealed the factors that are important in determining the patterns and levels of the pollutants found in the vehicles. In particular, it was observed that the type of fuel was important in determining the level of PAHs while the age of vehicles influenced the levels of the carbonyl compounds. These results as well as exposure reduction strategies are discussed.

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ID Code: 15418
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Organic compounds, Vehicles interiors, Multivariate data analysis
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100) > Atmospheric Sciences not elsewhere classified (040199)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:52

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