PulseTest: a new method to locate sources of indoor volatile organic compounds and particulate matter

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“PulseTest” is a new method developed to detect the sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter (PM) in one office room. The 5 phases consisted of: room normal operating condition, neutral phase (inlet and outlet closed), under pressure (inlet closed), positive pressure (outlet closed) and outdoor air. A 6-channels particle counter was used to monitor PM of size ≤ 0.3, ≤ 0.5, ≤ 1.0, ≤ 2.0, ≤ 5.0 and ≤ 10.0 μm. VOCs were actively sampled on Tenax TA and analysed by thermal desorption-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Except for the increased concentration of PM<2μm from outdoor air, the highest concentrations of VOCs and PM<2μm were detected during under pressure with a significant increase of undecane, limonene, β-pinene, ten-fold acetone concentrations and 3-fold PM1 concentration compare with the other phases. PM5 and PM10 were not influenced by the change of phase. The PulseTest helped to detect sources of PM and VOCs. © Healthy Buildings Europe 2017. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Healthy Buildings Europe 2017
PublisherInternational Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-83-7947-232-1
ISBN (Print)9788379472604
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventHealthy Buildings Europe - Lublin, Poland
Duration: 2 Jul 20175 Jul 2017


ConferenceHealthy Buildings Europe
Abbreviated titleHB
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  • Indoor air
  • PM
  • VOC


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