Title: Calibration of PMP Condensation Particle Number Counters - Effect of Material on Linearity and Counting Efficiency
Authors: GIECHASKIEL BarouchALESSANDRINI StefanoFORNI FaustoCARRIERO MassimoKRASENBRINK AloisSPIELVOGEL JuergenGERHART ChristianWANG XiaoliangHORN Hans-GeorgSOUTHGATE JasonJOERGL HerwingWINKLER GuenterJING LianpengKASPER Markus
Publisher: OPOCE
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC46963
ISBN: 978-92-79-09766-9
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 23495 EN
OPOCE LB-NA-23495-EN-C
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC46963
DOI: 10.2788/95549
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Recently the particle number method was proposed to the light duty regulation, so the proper calibration of Particle Number Counters (PNCs) will be very important. Calibration includes the linearity measurement and the counting efficiency measurement. Labs will have to demonstrate compliance of their PNCs with a traceable standard within a 12 month period prior to the emissions test. Compliance can be demonstrated by: -Primary method: By comparison of the response of the PNC under calibration with that of a calibrated aerosol electrometer when simultaneously sampling electrostatically classified calibration particles, or -Secondary method: By comparison of the response of the PNC under calibration with that of a second PNC which has been directly calibrated by the above method. Compliance testing includes linearity and detection efficiency with particles of 23 nm electrical mobility diameter. A check of the counting efficiency with 41 nm particles is not required. A workshop was organised to investigate the effect of the material on the calibration procedures and the uncertainties of the suggested procedure. GRIMM and TSI provided PNCs and AEA, MATTER, GRIMM, TSI provided five particle generators. The experiments were conducted in the European¿s Commissions laboratories (JRC). Heavy duty diesel engine (w/o aftertreatment) particles were also produced (measurements downstream a thermodenuder) at idle and a medium load mode. The measured data were evaluated by JRC. The results showed that there was an effect of the material used and suggestions were given. In addition the uncertainties of the procedure were quantified. Theoretical calculations showed the corrections that should be applied.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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