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  • 2024

Aerosols of semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs) pose significant health risks to workers in various occupational settings. Measuring human exposure to these aerosols requires a separate assessment of the contribution of particles and gases, which is not resolved by existing sampling techniques. Here, we investigate experimentally the performance of a semivolatile aerosol dichotomous sampler (SADS), proposed in previous studies, for sampling monodisperse liquid particles with aerodynamic diameters between 0.15 and 4.5 µm, corresponding to workplace aerosols. The measured sampling performances are compared to their theoretical counterparts computed by computational fluid dynamics. The effects of leakage rate, repeatability of the assembly, imprecision of the actually machined nozzle diameters, and SADS part misalignment are examined. The SADS assembly is found to be easily leaky, but consequences on sampling can be overcome when a prior leak test with a leakage rate below 4 Pa s−1 is passed. Variation of nozzle diameters in the range (−4.5 %, +3.7 %) with respect to nominal values affects marginally (< 3 %) aerosol transmission efficiency, but sampling performance is little reproducible during successive SADS assemblies (CV = 22.1 % for wall losses). Theoretically unpredicted large (40 %–46 %) wall losses are measured for particles larger than 2 µm, located mostly (80 %) on the external walls of the collection nozzle. Assembly repeatability...

Rekeb, Noredine; Sutter, Benjamin; Belut, Emmanuel; Géhin, Evelyne; Olsen, Raymond
Aerosol research 2(1): 183–198
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