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The rapid identification of high particle number emitting on-road vehicles and its application to a large fleet of diesel buses

Jayaratne, Rohan, Morawska, Lidia, Ristovski, Zoran, & He, Congrong (2007) The rapid identification of high particle number emitting on-road vehicles and its application to a large fleet of diesel buses. Environmental Science and Technology, 41(14), pp. 5022-5027.

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Abstract

Pollutant concentrations measured in the exhaust plume of a vehicle may be related to the pollutant emission factor using the CO2 concentration as a measure of the dilution factor. We have used this method for the rapid identification of high particle number (PN) emitting on-road vehicles. The method was validated for PN using a medium-duty vehicle and successfully applied to measurements of PN emissions from a large fleet of on-road diesel buses. The ratio of PN concentration to CO2 concentration, Z, in the exhaust plume was estimated for individual buses. On the average, a bus emitted about 1.5 x 109 particles per mg of CO2 emitted. A histogram of the number of buses as a function of Z showed, for the first time, that the PN emissions from diesel buses followed a gamma distribution, with most of the values within a narrow range and a few buses exhibiting relatively large values. It was estimated that roughly 10% and 50% of the PN emissions came from just 2% and 25% of the buses, respectively. A regression analysis showed that there was a positive correlation between Z and age of buses, with the slope of the best line being significantly different from zero. The mean Z value for the pre-Euro buses was significantly greater than each of the values for the Euro I and II buses.

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ID Code: 8751
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This article is freely available from the American Chemical Society website 12 months after the publication date. See links to publisher website in this record.
Keywords: Vehicle emissions, particle number emissions, carbon dioxide emissions, urban pollution
DOI: 10.1021/es063020v
ISSN: 0013-936X
Subjects: 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 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 2007 American Chemical Society
Copyright Statement: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the ACS web page 12 months after publication. See hypertext link.
Deposited On: 23 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:32

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