Performance of a slit virtual impactor operated at high particle mass loading Academic Article uri icon


  • We report the performance of a slit virtual impactor at high particle mass concentrations (>500μg/L). Transmission efficiency was determined on an individual particle basis by visualization of fluorescent particles embedded in a background matrix of Arizona road dust. No significant difference in transmission efficiency from dilute conditions was observed for a mass loading of 571μg/L. At greater mass loadings (>1000μg/L), the device clogged before a statistically significant data set could be obtained. These results suggest that the performance of a slit virtual impactor is not degraded up to roughly 600μg/L, and may be extended to even larger mass loadings provided that clogging of the nozzle is minimized. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Seshadri, S., Phares, D. J., Kim, T., Kihm, K. D., Smith, D. D., & McIntyre, P. M.

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  • 3

publication date

  • April 2005