An evaluation of mass-weighted size distribution measurements with the Model 3320 aerodynamic particle sizer

Stephen W. Stein, Brian J. Gabrio, Derek Oberreit, Peter Hairston, Paul B. Myrdal, Tyler J. Beck

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Abstract

The ability of the Model 3320 aerodynamic particle sizer (APS) to make accurate mass-weighted size distribution measurements was investigated. Significant errors were observed in APS size distribution measurements with measured mass median aerodynamic diameters (MMADs) as much as 17 times higher than from cascade impactor measurements. Analysis of APS correlated timeof-flight and light scattering data indicated that the MMAD distortions were due to a few anomalous large particle measurements (∼0.1% of the total measurements) with surprisingly low scattered light. Computational fluid dynamics modeling indicated that these anomalous measurements were due to particles that deviated from the intended aerosol pathway and recirculated through the APS measurement volume at low velocities leading to erroneous large particle measurements. A technique for removing erroneous measurements based on correlated aerodynamic diameter and light scattering values is presented. When this technique was used, APS and cascade impactor size distribution measurements agreed well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)845-854
Number of pages10
JournalAerosol Science and Technology
Volume36
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Pollution

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