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Aerosol Instrument Calibration

Verifying the calibration of aerosol instruments in the field is generally more complicated than for gas analyzers. Calibration aerosols must be generated as required, whereas span gases for gas analyzers may be stored in bottles at known concentrations until needed.

When measuring aerosol, many instruments measure size/number spectra. This poses an additional complication- the instrument's sizing accuracy must be checked, in addition to the number measurement accuracy.

Cambustion particle size check kit in hard case
Front ¾ view of Cambustion particle size check kit in hard case

Size Calibration Check

The commercial availability of NIST traceable aerosol size standards offers the possibility of a simple sizing accuracy check, which does not require radioactive sources or compressed air.

The process is as follows:

  • Concentrated Poly Styrene Latex size standards in suspension with water and surfactant (as purchased).

  • Dilute with distilled water to reduce concentration.

  • Aerosolize using portable nebulizer.

  • Remove water from surface of PSL particles via diffusion drier.

  • Feed dried PSL particles into instrument under test and measure response.

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More Information

Please contact Cambustion for further information.

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