Evaluation of a High Volume Aerosol Concentrator Academic Article uri icon


  • A virtual impactor sampler, which is designed to concentrate aerosols from a 1000 L/min ambient air sample into a 1 L/min exhaust airflow stream, was tested with near monodisperse aerosols in aerosol wind tunnels to characterize sampling performance. New methodology is introduced to correct results for the presence of doublet and satellite aerosol particles that can be present in the particle size distribution from a vibrating jet atomizer. Aerosol penetration from the free stream near the sampler inlet to the outlet of the device has a peak value of 78% at a particle size of 3.9 m AD. Sampling effectiveness, which is the mean penetration over the size range of 2.5 to 10 m AD, is 48%. There are 4 virtual impaction stages in the sampler, and examination of the regional losses shows that most of the aerosol deposition occurs on surfaces of the last 2 stages. The ideal power expenditure of the sampler (excluding electrical and frictional losses in the motor and bearing losses in the blower) is 58 watts as compared to the actual power consumption of 320 watts.

published proceedings

  • Aerosol Science and Technology

author list (cited authors)

  • Haglund, J. S., Chandra, S., & McFarland, A. R.

publication date

  • January 1, 2002 11:11 AM