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Aerosol monitoring during carbon nanofiber production: mobile direct-reading sampling.

Authors
Evans-DE; Ku-BK; Birch-ME; Dunn-KH
Source
Ann Occup Hyg 2010 Jul; 54(5):514-531
NIOSHTIC No.
20036843
Abstract
Detailed investigations were conducted at a facility that manufactures and processes carbon nanofibers (CNFs). Presented research summarizes the direct-reading monitoring aspects of the study. A mobile aerosol sampling platform, equipped with an aerosol instrument array, was used to characterize emissions at different locations within the facility. Particle number, respirable mass, active surface area, and photoelectric response were monitored with a condensation particle counter (CPC), a photometer, a diffusion charger, and a photoelectric aerosol sensor, respectively. CO and CO(2) were additionally monitored. Combined simultaneous monitoring of these metrics can be utilized to determine source and relative contribution of airborne particles (CNFs and others) within a workplace. Elevated particle number concentrations, up to 1.15 x 10(6) cm(-3), were found within the facility but were not due to CNFs. Ultrafine particle emissions, released during thermal treatment of CNFs, were primarily responsible. In contrast, transient increases in respirable particle mass concentration, with a maximum of 1.1 mg m(-3), were due to CNF release through uncontrolled transfer and bagging. Of the applied metrics, our findings suggest that particle mass was probably the most useful and practical metric for monitoring CNF emissions in this facility. Through chemical means, CNFs may be selectively distinguished from other workplace contaminants (Birch et al., in preparation), and for direct-reading monitoring applications, the photometer was found to provide a reasonable estimate of respirable CNF mass concentration. Particle size distribution measurements were conducted with an electrical low-pressure impactor and a fast particle size spectrometer. Results suggest that the dominant CNF mode by particle number lies between 200 and 250 nm for both aerodynamic and mobility equivalent diameters. Significant emissions of CO were also evident in this facility. Exposure control recommendations were described for processes as required.
Keywords
Aerosol-particles; Aerosols; Aerosol-sampling; Air-quality; Air-quality-measurement; Air-quality-monitoring; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Inhalation-studies; Nanotechnology; Particle-aerodynamics; Particle-counters; Pulmonary-system; Refineries; Respiratory-irritants; Work-areas; Work-environment; Worker-health; Workplace-studies; Author Keywords: carbon monoxide; emissions; exposure; exposure controls; nanofibers; nanomaterial; nanoparticle; nanotubes; occupational; ultrafine; workplace
Contact
Douglas E. Evans, Division of Applied Research and Technology, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS-R5, Cincinnati, OH 45226
CODEN
AOHYA3
CAS No.
7440-44-0
Publication Date
20100701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
dje3@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0003-4878
NIOSH Division
DART
Priority Area
Manufacturing
Source Name
Annals of Occupational Hygiene
State
OH
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