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Size distribution and single particle characterization of airborne particulate matter collected in a silicon carbide plant

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  • 2019

The global SiC market is projected to grow in the coming years, and research on potential health effects as well as epidemiological studies is therefore of importance. A detailed characterization in terms of the phase composition, morphology and mixing state of airborne PM is still missing, though highly necessary to identify sources and to understand the risk factors in this industry. Particles in the size range of 10 nm to 10 µm were collected with a 13-stage NanoMOUDI impactor in the Acheson Furnace Hall as well as in processing departments during two sampling campaigns. Particle mass concentrations, including the fraction of ultrafine particles (UFPs), were lower in the processing departments in comparison to those in the Acheson Furnace Hall. The particle number size distribution measured with a scanning mobility particle sizer confirmed the low amount of UFPs in the processing departments compared to the furnace hall. Significant differences in the particle mass concentration and distribution were observed in the Acheson Furnace Hall during the two sampling campaigns. The PM size distribution depends upon the sampling location, on the cycle of the nearby furnaces and on special incidents occurring during a furnace run. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM)...

Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 21(3): 564–574
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