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Application of aerosol electrometer for ambient particle charge measurements

Fatokun, Folasade O., Morawska, Lidia, Jamriska, Milan, & Jayaratne, Rohan (2008) Application of aerosol electrometer for ambient particle charge measurements. Atmospheric Environment, 42(38), pp. 8827-8830.

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Abstract

The charge on ambient atmospheric particles is an important parameter in the investigation of particle dynamics. Yet, there is only limited knowledge available on it, mainly due to the lack of instrumentation for its direct measurement. The aim of this study was to explore the application and suitability of the Aerosol Electrometer (AE) TSI Model 3068 as a direct instrument for measuring ambient particle charge concentration, thereby extending its use beyond the current applications. Through a set of experimental investigations the AE was applied to measure net concentration of charged particles in different environments. Results of the study showed the instrument is mostly suitable for outdoor field measurement, when particle charge concentrations are elevated, such as in the vicinity of strong ion emitting sources (high voltage powerlines, electricity substations, etc); and under conditions of air relative humidity of below 60%. Operating the instrument above this humidity value would require the use of a dehumidifier. 74% (R2) statistical correlation (P<0.05) was obtained between the readings of the AE and the Air Ion Counter, when both instruments were used to simultaneously sample ambient air.

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ID Code: 17047
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Ambient charged aerosol, Aerosol Electrometer
DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2008.08.025
ISSN: 1352-2310
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100) > Atmospheric Sciences not elsewhere classified (040199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHYSICAL SCIENCES (020000) > OTHER PHYSICAL SCIENCES (029900) > Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified (029999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100) > Atmospheric Aerosols (040101)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > School of Physical & Chemical Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 22 Dec 2008 08:49
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:50

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