Accession Number:

ADA539055

Title:

Evaluation of XMX/2L-MIL Virtual Impactor Performance and Capture and Retention of Aerosol Particles in Two Different Collection Media

Descriptive Note:

Master's Thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

144.0

Abstract:

The United States Air Force uses the XMX2L-MIL XMX high volume air sampler to collect samples for biological analysis. The XMX uses a virtual impactor to concentrate particles 1.0 to 10 microns in size into a secondary flow prior to sample collection using a liquid impinger in a collection tube. There are no known published studies regarding virtual impactor inter-instrument variability, effect of reducing the secondary flow on particle concentration, or capture and retention efficiency CRE of particles in the collection media performance characteristics when using the XMX. These performance characteristics were evaluated by lofting test aerosols of Arizona Road Dust or fluorescent polystyrene latex FPSL spheres into a 14 m3 test chamber, measuring the chamber and post-virtual impactor particle concentrations using aerodynamic particle sizers, and measuring the concentration of FPSL spheres captured and retained in the collection media using a fluorometer. Notable findings include detection of significant inter-instrument virtual impactor variability, significant difference in particle concentration at reduced secondary flow, and significant differences in CRE due to particle size and secondary flow. This research demonstrates that when using an XMX limit of detection precision is suspect and the importance of collecting and analyzing multiple samples for improved risk assessment.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE