OPEN ACCESS

Articles online

Exposure to Particulate Matter in Vehicle Cabins of Private Cars

Category: Articles

Volume: 10 | Issue: 6 | Pages: 581-588
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2010.07.0054
PDF | RIS | BibTeX

Otmar Geiss , Josefa Barrero-Moreno, Salvatore Tirendi, Dimitrios Kotzias

  • European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, 21027 Ispra (Va), Italy

Abstract

A growing number of studies indicate the significance of short-term exposures to airborne particulate matter, such as those occurring in a vehicle cabin. In this study, PM10, PM2.5, PM1 concentrations were measured using optical particle counters in eighteen tobacco smoke-free private cars in movement. The average concentrations were 48.6 µg/m3, 26.9 µg/m3 and 22.6 µg/m3 for PM10, PM2.5 and for PM1, respectively. These levels were found to depend directly on the ambient air PM concentration and the choice of ventilation used inside the cars. The average number of particles with a diameter > 0.3 µm measured in the cabins of the cars was 185,723 particles/L. The average number of particles with a diameter between 0.02–1 µm was 16,391 particles/cm3. Concentrations were found to partly exceed the established limit values for ambient air. Thus, the time spent driving a vehicle might significantly contribute to the daily overall exposure to particulate matter, especially in the case of some groups of professional workers.

Keywords

PM10 PM2.5 PM1 Ultrafine particles In-vehicle exposure


Related Article

Critical Emissions from the Largest On-Road Transport Network in South Asia

Saroj Kumar Sahu , Gufran Beig, Neha Parkhi
Volume: 14 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 135-144
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2013.04.0137
PDF

Ambient Air Quality during Diwali Festival over Kolkata – A Mega-City in India

A. Chatterjee , C. Sarkar, A. Adak, U. Mukherjee, S.K. Ghosh, S. Raha
Volume: 13 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 1133-1144
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2012.03.0062
PDF

Exploring the Variation between EC and BC in a Variety of Locations

Gbenga Oladoyin Salako, Philip K. Hopke , David D. Cohen, Bilkis A. Begum, Swapan K. Biswas, Gauri Girish Pandit, Yong-Sam Chung, Shamsiah Abd Rahman, Mohd Suhaimi Hamzah, Perry Davy, Andreas Markwitz, Dagva Shagjjamba, Sereeter Lodoysamba, Wanna Wimolwattanapun, Supamatthree Bunprapob
Volume: 12 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 1-7
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2011.09.0150
PDF
;