Application of aerosol electrometer for ambient particle charge measurements
J-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.
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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