Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/8289
Title: Particle counts and size distributions in the roadside environment
Authors: Cheng, Y
Yu, CWF
Huang, Y
Zhang, YW
Gao, Y
Yau, PS
Chan, CS
Lee, SC 
Keywords: BC
Hong Kong
p-PAHs
roadside environment
size distributions
Ultrafine particles
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Source: Indoor and built environment, 2012, v. 21, no. 5, p. 633-641 How to cite?
Journal: Indoor and built environment 
Abstract: Continuous measurements of number concentrations and size distributions of particles with diameters of 7-225 nm and 100-2,000 nm were conducted, using a TSI scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS) and an optical particle counter (OPC), respectively, in eight weekdays of 2005 at a roadside environment in Hong Kong. PM 2.5 and PM10 mass concentrations, black carbon (BC), particle-bound polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (p-PAHs), traffic counts and meteorological parameters were simultaneously monitored every hour. On average, the total particle number concentrations were 50,235 ± 27,076 cm -3 in the SMPS size range and 5,771 ± 1,793 cm -3 in the OPC size range in the winter sampling days, exceeding the summer particle number concentrations by a factor of 1.5 and 2.5, respectively. The ultrafine mode particles accounted for ∼90% of the particles in the SMPS size range. Daily cycle of particle numbers in the SMPS size range were obvious, with high values during daytime and low values during nigh time, which is consistent with the traffic pattern, especially the diesel-fuelled vehicles (r = 0.72). Moreover, these particles were found to have good correlations with BC (r = 0.84) and p-PAHs (r = 0.90). The findings have suggested that diesel-fuelled vehicle exhausts are the dominant source for ultrafine particles at roadside environments of Hong Kong.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/8289
ISSN: 1420-326X
EISSN: 1423-0070
DOI: 10.1177/1420326X12445490
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