A robust, portable H-TDMA for field use

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Author(s)

  • G. R. Johnson
  • C. Fletcher
  • N. Meyer
  • R. Modini
  • Z. D. Ristovski

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)850-861
Journal / PublicationJournal of Aerosol Science
Volume39
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The complexity of a typical hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyser (H-TDMA) can make it an awkward instrument for fieldwork. An improved design is presented here which is both light-weight, portable and permits very precise, reliable hygroscopic growth, deliquescence and efflorescence measurements for aerosols over a continuous relative humidity range from 10% to 95% without reconfiguration. The method achieves this through three significant advances in H-TDMA design: Firstly, the approach efficiently regulates the humidity by rapidly alternating the air flow between a dryer and a saturator, with the time spent in each path controlled by a feedback loop connected to the humidity sensor. Secondly, the temperature of the aerosol humidifier is directly coupled to that of the wet DMA by enveloping the humidifier in the wet DMAs excess air flow. Thirdly, a novel arrangement of two Nafion™ tubes in the humidifier allows for high humidities without needing to pre-wet the aerosol flow. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Deliquescence, H-TDMA, Hygroscopic growth, Relative humidity

Citation Format(s)

A robust, portable H-TDMA for field use. / Johnson, G. R.; Fletcher, C.; Meyer, N. et al.
In: Journal of Aerosol Science, Vol. 39, No. 10, 10.2008, p. 850-861.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review