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Determination of the UFP_3031 uncertainty on number concentration regarding ambient air particle monitoring

Abstract : Context : From 2011 onwards, some French air quality monitoring networks started to develop strategies for the monitoring of airborne ultrafine particles (*). To ensure the consistency of the results obtained from these various programs, a single measurement technique has been commonly selected: the UFP3031 Monitor. Two interlaboratory exercises have been organized in 2014 and 2015, to assess the accuracy of the instrument through a comparison with other techniques (such as SMPS), and through uncertainty calculations. Instrumentation : The UFP3031 is manufactured by TOPAS and commercialized by TSI. It measures the size distribution and number concentration within six particle size classes between 20 and 800 nm. The principle is based on diffusion charging of particles, followed by size segregation within a Differential Mobility Analyzer (DMA) and detection of the aerosol via an electrometer. It has been specifically designed for long-term, air quality monitoring networks, without working fluids nor radioactive source. Method : All instruments have been carried out in an urban air monitoring station at Creil (60). They were equipped with an individual sampling line provided by TSI, including a PM10 ambient air sampling head and a PM1 cyclone. A commercial SMPS has been implemented with 5 min scanning. Results : For 200-800 nm channel: the comparison for this channel shows some limitations. For instance, the average relative uncertainty calculated in 2015 has been of 90%. This could be due to the low concentration in the environment in that range, regarding the detection limit of the system (electrometer). As a consequence, data obtained for this channel should be considered only as indicative. For the 20-200 nm range: each instrument could be systematically compared to a commercial SMPS using orthogonal regressions, for each of the 5 channels, and satisfactory results have generally been obtained. For instance, more than 85% of the calculated coefficient director are in the 0.70 – 1.30 range, and more than 80% of the correlation coefficients (r2) are over 0.90. The UFP3031 datasets have been evaluated using a Grubb test, before uncertainty calculations (intratechnique). Uncertainty has been calculated at 6 concentrations, for each channel, and for the total concentration. Finally, in 2015, the average relative uncertainty ranged from 13 % (70 – 100 nm) to 25 % (30 – 50 nm).
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Olivier Le Bihan, Morgane Dalle, Alexandre Thomasson, F. Pin, B. Mesbah, et al.. Determination of the UFP_3031 uncertainty on number concentration regarding ambient air particle monitoring. 5. International Conference Nanosafe "Health and safety issues related to nanomaterials for a socially responsible approach", Nov 2016, Grenoble, France. pp.252. ⟨ineris-01854349⟩



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