Sample records for voc emission sources

  1. Mapping methane sources and emissions over California from direct airborne flux and VOC source tracer measurements

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Guha, A.; Misztal, P. K.; Peischl, J.; Karl, T.; Jonsson, H. H.; Woods, R. K.; Ryerson, T. B.; Goldstein, A. H.

    2013-12-01

    Quantifying the contributions of methane (CH4) emissions from anthropogenic sources in the Central Valley of California is important for validation of the statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and subsequent AB32 law implementation. The state GHG inventory is largely based on activity data and emission factor based estimates. The 'bottom-up' emission factors for CH4 have large uncertainties and there is a lack of adequate 'top-down' measurements to characterize emission rates. Emissions from non-CO2 GHG sources display spatial heterogeneity and temporal variability, and are thus, often, poorly characterized. The Central Valley of California is an agricultural and industry intensive region with large concentration of dairies and livestock operations, active oil and gas fields and refining operations, as well as rice cultivation all of which are known CH4 sources. In order to gain a better perspective of the spatial distribution of major CH4 sources in California, airborne measurements were conducted aboard a Twin Otter aircraft for the CABERNET (California Airborne BVOC Emissions Research in Natural Ecosystems Transects) campaign, where the driving research goal was to understand the spatial distribution of biogenic VOC emissions. The campaign took place in June 2011 and encompassed over forty hours of low-altitude and mixed layer airborne CH4 and CO2 measurements alongside coincident VOC measurements. Transects during eight unique flights covered much of the Central Valley and its eastern edge, the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta and the coastal range. We report direct quantification of CH4 fluxes using real-time airborne Eddy Covariance measurements. CH4 and CO2 were measured at 1-Hz data rate using an instrument based on Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy (CRDS) along with specific VOCs (like isoprene, methanol, acetone etc.) measured at 10-Hz using Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometer - Eddy Covariance (PTRMS-EC) flux system. Spatially resolved eddy covariance fluxes were obtained using the virtual disjunct eddy covariance method and from Wavelet Analysis along flight tracks flown in the mixed layer. Preliminary analysis of mixing ratio measurements indicate that high concentrations of CH4 occur consistently while flying above the Central Valley that are correlated to large enhancements of methanol which is an important dairy and livestock emissions tracer. The elevated CH4 mixing ratios along the eastern edge of the San Joaquin Valley highlight the contribution of topography and emissions transport to local ambient levels of CH4. Large enhancements of CH4, benzene and toluene are also observed while flying over the oil production facilities in western part of Kern county (state's top oil producing county, 10% of US production) suggesting the likelihood of fugitive emissions in the region. VOC tracer analysis is used to evaluate the source of high CH4 emissions encountered along the eastern edge of the central Sacramento valley where fugitive emissions from natural gas fields and cultivation of rice are likely sources. Plumes from biomass burning, landfills and refineries encountered during different flights are also investigated. Eddy covariance based CH4 flux estimates are derived for various sources and compared with ';bottom-up' inventory estimates to verify/validate the CA methane inventory for major sources.

  2. Short-chain oxygenated VOCs: Emission and uptake by plants and atmospheric sources, sinks, and concentrations

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Seco, Roger; Peñuelas, Josep; Filella, Iolanda

    Emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have multiple atmospheric implications and play many roles in plant physiology and ecology. Among these VOCs, growing interest is being devoted to a group of short-chain oxygenated VOCs (oxVOCs). Technology improvements such as proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry are facilitating the study of these hydrocarbons and new data regarding these compounds is continuously appearing. Here we review current knowledge of the emissions of these oxVOCs by plants and the factors that control them, and also provide an overview of sources, sinks, and concentrations found in the atmosphere. The oxVOCs reviewed here are formic and acetic acids, acetone, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, methanol, and ethanol. In general, because of their water solubility (low gas-liquid partitioning coefficient), the plant-atmosphere exchange is stomatal-dependent, although it can also take place via the cuticle. This exchange is also determined by atmospheric mixing ratios. These compounds have relatively long atmospheric half-lives and reach considerable concentrations in the atmosphere in the range of ppbv. Likewise, under non-stressed conditions plants can emit all of these oxVOCs together at fluxes ranging from 0.2 up to 4.8 ?g(C)g -1(leaf dry weight)h -1 and at rates that increase several-fold when under stress. Gaps in our knowledge regarding the processes involved in the synthesis, emission, uptake, and atmospheric reactivity of oxVOCs precludes the clarification of exactly what is conditioning plant-atmosphere exchange—and also when, how, and why this occurs—and these lacunae therefore warrant further research in this field.

  3. A farm-level model of VOC emission from silage

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Recent measurements suggest that dairy farms can be a significant emission source of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). However, accurate estimates of farm-level emissions currently do not exist. A preliminary process-based model was developed to estimate VOC emissions from silage on farms and to as...

  4. Characteristics and source apportionment of VOCs measured in Shanghai, China

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cai, Changjie; Geng, Fuhai; Tie, Xuexi; Yu, Qiong; An, Junlin

    2010-12-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were measured from 2007 to 2010 at the center of Shanghai, China. Because VOCs are important precursors for ozone photochemical formation, detailed information of VOC sources needs to be investigated. The results show that the measured VOC concentrations in Shanghai are dominated by alkanes (43%) and aromatics (30%), following by halo-hydrocarbons (14%) and alkenes (6%). Based on the measured VOC concentrations, a receptor model (PMF; positive matrix factorization) coupled with the information related to VOC sources (the distribution of major industrial complex, meteorological conditions, etc.) is applied to identify the major VOC sources in Shanghai. The result shows that seven major VOC sources are identified by the PMF method, including (1) vehicle related source which contributes to 25% of the measured VOC concentrations, (2) solvent based industrial source to 17%, (3) fuel evaporation to 15%, (4) paint solvent usage to 15%, (5) steel related industrial production to 12%, (6) biomass/biofuel burning to 9%, and (7) coal burning to 7%. Furthermore, ozone formation potential related to VOC sources is calculated by the MIR (maximum incremental reactivity) technique. The most significant VOC source for ozone formation potential is solvent based industrial sources (27%), paint solvent usage (24%), vehicle related emissions (17%), steel related industrial productions (14%), fuel evaporations (9%), coal burning (6%), and biomass/biofuel burning (3%). The weekend effect on the VOC concentrations shows that VOC concentrations are generally higher in the weekdays than in the weekends at the sampling site, suggesting that traffic conditions and human activities have important impacts on the VOC emissions in Shanghai.

  5. Using a source–receptor approach to characterise VOC behaviour in a French urban area influenced by industrial emissions Part I: Study area description, data set acquisition and qualitative data analysis of the data set

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Caroline Badol; Nadine Locoge; Thierry Léonardis; Jean-Claude Galloo

    2008-01-01

    The global objective of this two part study was (1) to conduct VOC measurements in order to further understand VOC behaviour in an urban area influenced by industrial emissions and (2) to evaluate the role of these specific sources relative to urban sources. In this first paper a thorough descriptive and qualitative analysis is performed. A second article will be

  6. Source apportionment of ambient VOCS in Mumbai city

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Srivastava, Anjali

    Air pollution kills almost half a million Asians every year. Most of this pollution is emitted from buses, trucks, motorcycles and other forms of transport. As Asia's cities continue to expand, the rising number of vehicles has resulted in even greater pollution. Amongst the measures available to control, vehicular emission was engine modification, catalytic converters and fuel modifications. Some of these have led to emissions of some hazardous air pollutants (HAP) like volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOC emission is an area needing attention in air quality management. This paper discusses a study on VOC concentration at major sources like traffic junction, residential area, commercial areas, industrial areas and petrol pumps in Mumbai city. CMB8 Model has been used to apportion VOCs in Mumbai city. It was observed that evaporative emissions dominate in Mumbai. In order to control VOCs in air the management strategy should thus focus on cost effective vapor recovery systems at refueling stations and in vehicles. Effective inspection and maintenance programme can reduce evaporative and exhaust VOC emissions. Modifying certain fuel parameters, like reducing benzene content in petrol will as well reduce VOC content in air. The benzene content in petrol was 3% in the year 2001 in Mumbai. Adulteration also results in high levels of VOCs in air.

  7. A model for predicting VOC emission from silage

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Silage has been shown to be an important source of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are precursors to ground-level ozone. Measurements show that environmental conditions and silage properties influence emission rates, making it difficult to assess the contribution of silage to V...

  8. Emission characteristics of VOCs from athletic tracks.

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    Chang, F H; Lin, T C; Huang, C I; Chao, H R; Chang, T Y; Lu, C S

    1999-12-23

    Dynamic and flow-through flux chambers are convenient tools for field measurements of gas or VOC emission flux from solid surfaces in the field. This study was undertaken to collect on site and quantify the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from athletic running tracks. Three typical types of tracks, one synthetic rubber and two tracks (types I and II) consisting mainly of polyurethane, were studied. They were all installed with adhesives and backings, both of which contributed significant amount of VOCs. VOCs released from the track surface were collected with a flux chamber and subsequently analyzed by a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS). Also, for each track and at each selected time the emission flux and mass emission were measured on site under outdoor conditions over a period of 40 min. GC/MS analyses show that the VOCs emitted include 2-methyl furan, butanal, methyl ethyl ketone, benzene, heptane, methyl isobutyl ketone, toluene+octane, hexanal, nonane+ethylbenzene, xylenes+styrene, propyl benzene, decane, 1,3,5-trimethyl benzene, 1,2,4-trimethyl benzene, 1,2, 3-trimethyl benzene and undecane. Of these, hexanal was the common and principal compound for all three types of tracks. 2-Methyl furan and methyl isobutyl ketone were the characteristic compounds for the synthetic rubber and the type II of polyurethane tracks, respectively. In the field studies, no unique compounds were found in the type I of polyurethane tracks. For each of these three types of tracks the total-VOCs emission flux was correlated to the track age and track surface temperature. The results of multiple regression analysis showed good correlation. The type II polyurethane track had the highest decay rate, while the synthetic rubber track had the lowest decay rate. Two years after the track installation, the VOC concentrations measured at 1.5 m above the track, the breathing height of school children, were not significantly higher than the background levels. PMID:10611425

  9. Hot stuff controls for VOC emissions

    SciTech Connect

    Yewshenko, P. [Ross Air Systems, Somerville, NJ (United States)

    1995-12-01

    For close to three decades, American industry has paved the way and led the world in controlling volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. As more and more systems have been installed, the history of operation for the various types of systems has broadened dramatically, spurring significant technological advances, the traditional technologies and those on the cutting edge of VOC control. With the number of technologies available, the environmental professional may have a difficult task choosing the most strategic environmental solution. The conventional, traditional or proven methodology for VOC control has been incineration. Other technologies have been used for very specific applications. In deciding the specific type of incineration system to select, the environmental professional will look at a broad spectrum of evaluation factors. These include initial system cost, operational cost, maintenance requirements, reliability factors and most importantly, the projected success of achieving 99% VOC destruction efficiency. This article provides an overview of the basic differences among incineration technologies.

  10. Biogenic VOC Emissions from Tropical Landscapes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Guenther, A.; Greenberg, J.; Harley, P.; Otter, L.; Vanni Gatti, L.; Baker, B.

    2003-04-01

    Biogenic VOC have an important role in determining the chemical composition of atmosphere. As a result, these compounds are important for visibility, biogeochemical cycling, climate and radiative forcing, and the health of the biosphere. Tropical landscapes are estimated to release about 80% of total global biogenic VOC emissions but have been investigated to lesser extent than temperate regions. Tropical VOC emissions are particularly important due to the strong vertical transport and the rapid landuse change that is occurring there. This presentation will provide an overview of field measurements of biogenic VOC emissions from tropical landscapes in Amazonia (Large-scale Biosphere-atmosphere experiment in Amazonia, LBA) Central (EXPRESSO) and Southern (SAFARI 2000) Africa, Asia and Central America. Flux measurement methods include leaf-scale (enclosure measurements), canopy-scale (above canopy tower measurements), landscape-scale (tethered balloon), and regional-scale (aircraft measurements) observations. Typical midday isoprene emission rates for different landscapes vary by more than a factor of 20 with the lowest emissions observed from degraded forests. Emissions of alpha-pinene vary by a similar amount with the highest emissions associated with landscapes dominated by light dependent monoterpene emitting plants. Isoprene emissions tend to be higher for neotropical forests (Amazon and Costa Rica) in comparison to Africa and Asian tropical forests but considerable differences are observed within regions. Strong seasonal variations were observed in both the Congo and the Amazon rainforests with peak emissions during the dry seasons. Substantial emissions of light dependent monoterpenes, methanol and acetone are characteristic of at least some tropical landscapes.

  11. Reducing VOC Press Emission from OSB Manufacturing

    SciTech Connect

    Dr. Gary D. McGinnis; Laura S. WIlliams; Amy E. Monte; Jagdish Rughani: Brett A. Niemi; Thomas M. Flicker

    2001-12-31

    Current regulations require industry to meet air emission standards with regard to particulates, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and other gases. One of many industries that will be affected by the new regulations is the wood composites industry. This industry generates VOCs, HAPs, and particulates mainly during the drying and pressing of wood. Current air treatment technologies for the industry are expensive to install and operate. As regulations become more stringent, treatment technologies will need to become more efficient and cost effective. The overall objective of this study is to evaluate the use of process conditions and chemical additives to reduce VOC/HAPs in air emitted from presses and dryers during the production of oriented strand board.

  12. Determination of Urban VOC Emissions Ratios and Comparison with Inventories

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Warneke, C.; de Gouw, J.; Goldan, P.; Kuster, W.; Holloway, J.; Williams, E.; Lerner, B.; McKeen, S.; Parrish, D.; Trainer, M.; Fehsenfeld, F.; Kato, S.; Atlas, E.; Baker, A.; Blake, D.

    2006-12-01

    During the NEAQS-ITCT2k4 campaign in New England anthropogenic VOCs and CO were measured downwind from New York City and Boston. The emission ratios of VOCs relative to CO and acetylene were calculated using a method in which the ratio of a VOC with acetylene is plotted versus the photochemical age. The intercept at the photochemical age of zero gives the emission ratio. The so determined emission ratios were compared to other measurement sets, including data from the same location in 2002, canister samples collected inside New York City and Boston, aircraft measurements from Los Angeles in 2002 and the average urban composition of 39 U.S. cities. All the measurements show fairly good agreement. The measured emission ratios also agree well with vehicle exhaust data indicating that a major source of VOCs in urban areas are automobiles. A comparison with an anthropogenic emission inventory shows a rather poor agreement, especially for the C2-C4 alkanes and most oxygenated species. The inventory overestimated toluene for example by almost a factor of three, which caused an air quality forecast model (WRF-CHEM) using this inventory to over-predict the toluene mixing ratio by about a factor of three as well.

  13. Southern California Edison's (SCE) Research Program for Industrial Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions Control 

    E-print Network

    Sung, R. D.; Cascone, R.; Reese, J.

    1990-01-01

    SCE has developed and implemented a research program for customer retention through VOC emission control. Following characterization of problematic emission sources, SCE has identified and evaluated a number of alternative solutions and is currently...

  14. A mass transfer model for VOC emission from silage

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hafner, Sasha D.; Montes, Felipe; Rotz, C. Alan

    2012-07-01

    Silage has been shown to be an important source of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone. Measurements have shown that environmental conditions and silage properties strongly influence emission rates, making it difficult to assess the contribution of silage in VOC emission inventories. In this work, we present an analytical convection-diffusion-dispersion model for predicting emission of VOCs from silage. It was necessary to incorporate empirical relationships from wind tunnel trials for the response of mass transfer parameters to surface air velocity and silage porosity. The resulting model was able to accurately predict the effect of temperature on ethanol emission in wind tunnel trials, but it over-predicted alcohol and aldehyde emission measured using a mass balance approach from corn silage samples outdoors and within barns. Mass balance results confirmed that emission is related to gas-phase porosity, but the response to air speed was not clear, which was contrary to wind tunnel results. Mass balance results indicate that alcohol emission from loose silage on farms may approach 50% of the initial mass over six hours, while relative losses of acetaldehyde will be greater.

  15. Implementation of VOC source reduction practices in a manufactured house and in school classrooms

    SciTech Connect

    Hodgson, A.T.; Apte, M.G.; Shendell, D.G.; Beal, D.; McIlvaine, J.E.R.

    2002-01-01

    Detailed studies of a new manufactured house and four new industrialized relocatable school classrooms were conducted to determine the emission sources of formaldehyde and other VOCs and to identify and implement source reduction practices. Procedures were developed to generate VOC emission factors that allowed reasonably accurate predictions of indoor air VOC concentrations. Based on the identified sources of formaldehyde and other aldehydes, practices were developed to reduce the concentrations of these compounds in new house construction. An alternate ceiling panel reduced formaldehyde concentrations in the classrooms. Overall, the classrooms had relatively low VOC concentrations.

  16. Wind tunnels vs. flux chambers: Area source emission measurements and the necessity for VOC and odour correction factors

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Wind tunnels and flux chambers have been used to measure fluxes of volatile organic compounds (VOC), odour, and ammonia (NH3) with little regard to air velocity or sweep air flow rates. As a result, flux measurements have been highly variable and scientists have been in disagreement as to the better...

  17. VOC (VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND EMISSION FACTORS FOR THE NAPAP (NATIONAL ACID PRECIPITATION ASSESSMENT PROGRAM) EMISSION INVENTORY

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of the generation of emission factors for volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions for a number of source classification categories (SCCs), as part of the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program (NAPAP). Each SCC represents a process or function t...

  18. Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from soil and litter samples

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jonathan W. Leff; Noah Fierer

    2008-01-01

    The production of nonmethane volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by soil microbes is likely to have an important influence on soil ecology and terrestrial biogeochemistry. However, soil VOC production has received relatively little attention, and we do not know how the emissions of microbially-produced VOCs vary across soil and litter types. We collected 40 root-free soil and litter samples from a

  19. Odorous VOC emission following land application of swine manure slurry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Parker, David B.; Gilley, John; Woodbury, Bryan; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Galvin, Geordie; Bartelt-Hunt, Shannon L.; Li, Xu; Snow, Daniel D.

    2013-02-01

    Swine manure is often applied to crop land as a fertilizer source. Odor emissions from land-applied swine manure may pose a nuisance to downwind populations if manure is not applied with sufficient forethought. A research project was conducted to assess the time decay of odorous volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions following land application of swine manure. Three land application methods were compared: surface application, incorporation 24 h after surface application, and injection. Emission rates were measured in field plots using a small wind tunnel and sorbent tubes. VOCs including eight volatile fatty acids, five aromatics, and two sulfur-containing compounds were quantified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. In most cases, a first order exponential decay model adequately described the flux versus time relationship for the 24 h period following land application, but the model sometimes overestimated flux in the 6-24 h range. The same model but with the time term squared adequately predicted flux over the entire 24 h period. Three compounds (4-methylphenol, skatole, and 4-ethylphenol) accounted for 93 percent of the summed odor activity value. First order decay constants (k) for these three compounds ranged from 0.157 to 0.996 h-1. When compared to surface application, injection of swine manure resulted in 80-95 percent lower flux for the most odorous aromatic compounds. These results show that VOC flux decreases rapidly following land application of swine manure, declining below levels of detection and near background levels after 4 to 8 h.

  20. Projection of anthropogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions in China for the period 2010-2020

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wei, Wei; Wang, Shuxiao; Hao, Jiming; Cheng, Shuiyuan

    2011-12-01

    The future (2010-2020) anthropogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions in China were projected in this study using 2005 as the reference year. The projections are based on the assumptions of a lower population growth rate (less than 1%), continuous economic development with high GDP growth, and increased urbanization. The results show that the national VOCs emissions would continuously increase from 19.4 Tg in 2005 to 25.9 Tg in 2020, even if China's legislative standards for VOCs emissions are implemented effectively in the future (assumed as control scenario I). The contributions of various emission sources were found to differ greatly in the period of 2010-2020. Solvent utilization would become the largest contributor rising from 22% to 37%, along with an increase for industrial processes from 17% to 24%. However, road vehicle emissions would rapidly decrease from 25% to 11% due to the strict VOCs emission limit standards in China, along with the decrease for stationary fuel combustion from 23% to 16% caused by the reduction of domestic biofuel consumption. Additionally, there would be a notable divergence among provincial emissions. The developed eastern and coastal regions would emit more VOCs than the relatively underdeveloped western and inland regions. Moreover, this divergence grows in the future. When we assumed stricter control measures for solvent utilization and industrial processes (control scenario II) for that period, the projections revealed national VOCs emissions per year would remain at about 20 Tg, if exhaust after-treatment systems are installed in newly-built factories (after 2005) for the most important industrial sources, and the market shares of "low/zero-VOCs" products in paints, adhesives and printing ink raise to the present levels of developed countries. The emission abatements of the two types of measures were estimated to be similar. While scenario II indicates that the sectoral and provincial differences of VOCs emissions would still exist, they would be smaller than in scenario I.

  1. Determination of Summertime VOC Emission Rates from Produced Water Ponds in the Uintah Basin

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Martin, R. S.; Woods, C.; Lyman, S.

    2013-12-01

    The observance of excess ozone concentrations in Utah's Uintah Basin over past several years has prompted several investigations into the extent and causes of the elevated ozone. Among these is the assessment of potential emissions of reactive VOCs. Evaporation ponds, used a remediation technique for treatment of contaminated production and other waters, are one potential source of significant VOC emissions and is estimated that there are around 160 such ponds within the Uintah Basin's oil and gas production areas. In June 2012 VOC emission rates for several reactive VOCs were derived for an evaporation facility consisting of a small inlet pond (?0.03 acres) and two larger, serial ponds (?4.3 acres each). The emission rates were determined over three sampling periods using an inverse modeling approach. Under this methodology, ambient VOC concentrations are determined at several downwind locations through whole-air collection into SUMMA canisters, followed by GC/MS quantification and compared with predicted concentrations using an EPA-approved dispersion model, AERMOD. The presumed emission rates used within the model were then adjusted until the modeled concentrations approach the observed concentrations. The derived emission rates for the individual VOCs were on the order of 10-3 g/s/m2 from the inlet pond and 10-6 g/s/m2 from the larger ponds. The emissions from the 1st pond in series after the inlet pond were about 3-4x the emissions from the 2nd pond. These combined emission rates are about an order of magnitude those reported for a single study in Colorado (Thoma, 2009). It should be noted, however, that the variability about each of the VOC emission rates was significant (often ×100% at the 95% confidence interval). Extrapolating these emission rates to the estimated total areas of all the evaporation ponds within Basin resulted in calculated Basin-wide VOC emissions 292,835 tons/yr. However, Bar-Ilan et al. (2009) estimated 2012 VOC oil and gas related emissions within the Uintah Basin to be 119,974 tons/yr. Given the large observed variabilities and the uncertainties with extrapolating the derived emission rates across varying pond types and differing climatic conditions, the comparisons are not unreasonable. If the lower, literature emission rates of Thoma (2009) are used the estimated Basin-wide evaporation emissions, the pond emissions would still be approximately 30% of the total emissions compiled by Bar-Ilan et al. (2009). Although the study described herein only represents a single facility and a single set of seasonal conditions, extrapolating these rates can give potential insight into the significance of VOC emissions into the Basin atmosphere from evaporation ponds.

  2. VOC EMISSIONS FROM AN AIR FRESHENER IN THE INDOOR ENVIRONMENT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper describes results of tests, conducted in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) large chamber facility, that investigated emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCS) from one electrical plug-in type air freshener with pine-scented refills. VOCs were measured ...

  3. Simulation Chamber Investigations of Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation From Boreal Tree Emissions: Dependence on VOC Classes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kiendler-Scharr, A.; Mentel, T. F.; Kleist, E.; Hohaus, T.; Mensah, A.; Spindler, C.; Tillmann, R.; Uerlings, R.; Dal Maso, M.; Rudich, Y.; Juergen, W.

    2008-12-01

    A considerable fraction of the organic aerosol component is of secondary origin, meaning it is formed through oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Plant emissions, e.g. monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, are a major source of VOCs in the troposphere. So far most laboratory and simulation chamber investigations on the potential to form secondary organic aerosols (SOA) from plant emissions focused on single VOCs such as a-pinene. In this study we investigated the formation and growth of SOA by ozonolysis and/or photo-oxidation of the VOCs emitted by several tree species such as spruce, pine and birch. The experiments were performed in the Plant chamber of the ICG-3 in Jülich under well defined conditions for the plant. VOC emissions were transferred to a reaction chamber which was operated as a continuously stirred tank reactor. SOA formation from the VOCs was initiated by an excess of ozone and OH radicals. The results are compared to a reference study with a-pinene as the only SOA precursor. Our results indicate that the general laboratory approach of studying the formation of SOA from single components can lead to a bias in both the mass yields and the mass spectral signatures observed. Plots of maximum SOA volumes versus the total amount of carbon fed into the reaction chamber led to approximately linear relationships. The intercepts of these plots were seen as threshold for SOA formation. It was observed that this threshold was lower for the mixture of VOCs emitted from spruce, pine, and birch than for a-pinene as single compound. We therefore conclude that the threshold for SOA formation from real plant mixtures may be much lower than the threshold obtained from laboratory experiments that were focussed on single VOCs. SOA formation from stress induced VOCs will be compared to non stress induced emissions. Possible feedbacks of climate change to VOC emissions and aerosol formation will be discussed based on our experimental observations.

  4. A Novel New Approach to VOC and HAP Emission Control 

    E-print Network

    McGinness, M.

    2000-01-01

    HAP (Hazardous Air Pollutant) and VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) thermal emission control devices (ECD) usually require large amounts of energy to operate. They also require large capital investments in heat recovery options and large amounts...

  5. CONTROL TECHNOLOGIES FOR FUGITIVE VOC EMISSIONS FROM CHEMICAL PROCESSES

    EPA Science Inventory

    This handbook contains information concerning volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from the synthetic organic chemicals manufacturing industry (SOCMI), petroleum refineries, on-shore natural gas processing plants, polymer manufacturing plants, benzene from particular equipme...

  6. ASSESSMENT OF VOC EMISSIONS FROM FIBERGLASS BOAT MANUFACTURING

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report presents an assessment of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from fiberglass boat manufacturing. escription of the industry structure is presented, including estimates of the number of facilities, their size, and geographic distribution. he fiberglass boat manuf...

  7. ASSESSMENT OF VOC EMISSIONS FROM FIBERGLASS BOAT MANUFACTURING

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report presents an assessment of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from fiberglass boat manufacturing. Description of the industry structure is presented, including estimates of the number of facilities, their size, and geographic distribution. The fiberglass boat m...

  8. Contribution of evaporative emissions from gasoline vehicles toward total VOC emissions in Japan.

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    Yamada, Hiroyuki

    2013-04-01

    The features of evaporative emissions from gasoline vehicles were examined. One potential source of evaporative emissions is mainly the so-called sigh of a fuel tank, which is a function of the daily temperature change and the volume not occupied by fuel. A theoretical equation was proposed for estimating the fuel vapor generation. It reproduced observed features well but underestimated the absolute values obtained in the experimental results. The widely used semi-empirical Reddy equation overestimates the results. The performance of a carbon canister was also evaluated. More than 95% of fuel vapor generation was trapped by the carbon canister. However, the canister worked for only one day because it adsorbed more VOC than that contained in the sigh alone. To estimate the evaporative emissions in the real world, the fuel tank temperature change while a car was parked in an outside car park was monitored and was found to be almost the same as the change in ambient air temperature; no other weather conditions had any effect. According to the findings in this study and data on frequency of car use, the annual amount of evaporative emissions from gasoline vehicles in Japan was estimated to be 4.6% of the total VOC emissions in Japan, making it the 6th-highest source of VOC. PMID:23422493

  9. Estimation of VOC emission factors from flux measurements using a receptor model and footprint analysis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kota, Sri Harsha; Park, Changhyoun; Hale, Martin C.; Werner, Nicholas D.; Schade, Gunnar W.; Ying, Qi

    2014-01-01

    Fluxes of 18 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) collected during May to July 2008 from a tower platform 60 m above the surface in an urban Houston residential area were analyzed using receptor-oriented statistical models and an analytical flux-footprint model to resolve daytime source specific emissions rates. The Multilinear Engine version 2 (ME-2) was used to determine that five sources were responsible for the measured flux at the tower: (i) vehicle exhaust, (ii) a foam plastics industrial source with significant pentane emissions, (iii) consumer and commercial solvent use emissions, (iv) a biogenic emissions source dominated by isoprene, and, (v) evaporative fuel emissions. The estimated median daytime (0700-1900 CST) hourly emission rate from the foam plastics industry was 15.7 ± 3.1 kg h-1, somewhat higher than its permitted hourly emission rates. The median daytime vehicle exhaust VOC emission rate of 14.5 ± 2 g h-1 vehicle-1, was slightly higher than our estimation using the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) with a county-representative vehicle fleet of year 2008 (11.6 ± 0.2 g h-1 vehicle-1). The median daytime evaporative fuel VOCs emission rate from parked vehicles was 2.3 ± 1.0 g h-1 vehicle-1, which is higher than MOVES estimations and could not be explained by the age of the vehicle fleet, indicating either locally higher evaporative emission sources in the footprint or an underestimation of evaporative emissions by MOVES, or both.

  10. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air from Nisyros Island (Dodecanese Archipelago, Greece): Natural versus anthropogenic sources.

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    Tassi, F; Capecchiacci, F; Giannini, L; Vougioukalakis, G E; Vaselli, O

    2013-09-01

    This study presents the chemical composition of VOCs in air and gas discharges collected at Nisyros Island (Dodecanese Archipelago, Greece). The main goals are i) to discriminate between natural and anthropogenic VOC sources and ii) to evaluate their impact on local air quality. Up to 63 different VOCs were recognized and quantitatively determined in 6 fumaroles and 19 air samples collected in the Lakki caldera, where fumarolic emissions are located, and the outer ring of the island, including the Mandraki village and the main harbor. Air samples from the crater area show significant concentrations of alkanes, alkenes, cyclic, aromatics, and S- and O-bearing heterocycles directly deriving from the hydrothermal system, as well as secondary O-bearing compounds from oxidation of primary VOCs. At Mandraki village, C6H6/?(methylated aromatics) and ?(linear)/?(branched) alkanes ratios <1 allow to distinguish an anthropogenic source related to emissions from outlet pipes of touristic and private boats and buses. PMID:23747819

  11. Estimation of Biogenic VOC Emissions From Ecosystems in the Czech Republic

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    Zemankova, K.; Brechler, J.

    2008-12-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are one of the crucial elements in photochemical reactions in the atmosphere which lead to tropospheric ozone formation. While modelling concentration of low-level ozone proper information about VOC sources and sinks is necessary. VOC are emitted into the atmosphere both from anthropogenic and natural sources. It has been shown in previous studies (e.g. Simpson et al, 1995) that contribution of volatile organic compounds emitted from biogenic sources to total amount of VOC in the atmosphere can be significant. Our work focuses on estimation of VOC emissions from natural ecosystems, most importantly from forests, and its application in photochemical modelling. Preliminary results have shown that inclusion of biogenic emissions in model input data leads to improvement of resulting ozone concentration which encouraged us to work on detailed biogenic VOC emission estimation. Using grid of 1x1km CORINE Land Cover over the area of the Czech Republic, emissions from deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests were estimated aplying the algorithm of Guenther et al., 1995. According to data from Forest Management Institute each cell of model grid has been assigned a proportional composition of each of thirteen tree species which are the the main forest constituents in the Czech Republic. Aggregating data of tree species composition with land cover category emission factor of particular chemical compound (isoprene, monoterpenes) has been obtained for each cell. Annual emissions of VOC on hourly basis have been calculated for domain of the Czech Republic. Biogenic emissions of isoprene and monoterpenes were compared with the emission inventory of anthropogenic sources. The inventory is provided by Czech Hydrometeorological Institute and covers emissions from major stationary sources, area sources (including domestic heating) and mobile sources. Our results show that natural emissions are approximately half the amount of organic compounds emitted from anthropogenic sources. References: - Simpson D., Guenther A., Hewit C.N. and Steinbrecher R., 1995. Biogenic emissions in Europe. 1. estimates and uncertainties. J. Geophys. Res. 100(D11), 22875-22890. - Guenther A., Hewitt N., Erickson D., Fall R., Geron Ch., Graedel T., Harley P., Klinger L., Lerdau M., McKay W. A., Pierce T., Scholes B., Steinbrecher R., Tallamraju R., Taylor J., Zimmerman P., 1995. Global model of natural organic compound emissions. J. Geophys. Res. 100, 8873-8892.

  12. Control of odor and VOC emissions at wastewater treatment plants: Boston Harbor case study

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    Getter, R.; Breen, C. [Metcalf and Eddy, Inc., Wakefield, MA (United States); Laquidara, M. [Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Boston, MA (United States)

    1994-12-31

    Siting of the new wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) in Boston was based on an assumption of mitigation of total reduced sulfur (TRS) and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. Collection and treatment of exhaust streams from potential emission sources was recommended. Best Available Control Technology (BACT) for VOC control was conservatively suggested to consist of wet by carbon adsorption based on initial sampling performed in 1988 during facilities planning, which estimated uncontrolled VOC emissions in excess of 1,000 tons per year. This concept was carried forward to the design phase in 1990, concurrent with an extensive air emissions testing and pilot treatment program at the NMRA`s existing primary treatment plant. Results of the pilot program, however, indicated source VOC concentrations well below what was expected as a result of the initial sampling study. Use of the 1990 pilot data in a top-down BACT analysis led to a recommendation to reconsider VOC control with carbon adsorption on the basis of prohibitive cost. This paper summarizes the background and permitting approach for five new odor control facilities on Deer Island for the Boston Harbor Project, with emphasis on the new primary treatment facilities. The paper also presents results from the 1990 emissions characterization and pilot program, providing generally applicable ideas for solving the difficulties of characterizing and estimating emissions for WWTPS. Results from operation of the pilot facilities illustrate the effectiveness of met scrubbing and carbon adsorption in removing TRS and VOCs from wastewater treatment exhaust air streams. In addition, pilot program results indicate the importance of flexibility in design of odor control systems to accommodate variations in concentrations of TRS and VOCS.

  13. Numerical modeling of VOC emissions from ozone reactions with human-worn clothing in an aircraft cabin

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    Chen, Qingyan "Yan"

    Numerical modeling of VOC emissions from ozone reactions with human-worn clothing in an aircraft with human surfaces (skin, hair, and clothing) are an important source of VOCs in the indoor air, especially reactions with human-worn clothing. The empirical models were used to compute the contributions of human

  14. Detection and quantification of methane and VOC emissions from oil and gas production operations using remote measurements, Interim report

    EPA Science Inventory

    Improved understanding of air pollutant emissions from oil and gas production operations is needed. With a steadily increasing number of production sources, the impact of emitted volatile organic compounds (VOCs) on regional ozone is potentially significant. As the separation dis...

  15. EVALUATION OF MAINTENANCE FOR FUGITIVE VOC EMISSIONS CONTROL

    EPA Science Inventory

    The U.S. EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) has the responsibility for formulating regulations for the control of fugitive emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC). 'Fugitive emissions' generally refers to the diffuse release of vaporized hydrocarbon or...

  16. Speciated VOC emission inventory and spatial patterns of ozone formation potential in the Pearl River Delta, China.

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    Zheng, Junyu; Shao, Min; Che, Wenwei; Zhang, Lijun; Zhong, Liuju; Zhang, Yuanhang; Streets, David

    2009-11-15

    The Pearl River Delta region (PRD) of China has long suffered from severe ground-level ozone pollution. Knowledge of the sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is essential for ozone chemistry. In this work, a speciated VOC emission inventory was established on the basis of updated emissions and local VOC source profiles. The top 10 species, in terms of ozone formation potentials (OFPs), consisted of isoprene, mp-xylene, toluene, ethylene, propene, o-xylene, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, 2-methyl-2-butene, 1-butene, and alpha-pinene. These species contributed only 35.9% to VOCs emissions but accounted for 64.1% of the OFP in the region. The spatial patterns of the VOC source inventory agreed well with city-based source apportionment results, especially for vehicle emissions and industry plus VOC product-related emissions. Mapping of the OFPs and measured ozone concentrations indicated that the formation of higher ozone in the south and southeast of the PRD region differed from that in the Conghua area, a remote area in the north of the PRD. We recommend that the priorities for the control of VOC sources include motorcycles, gasoline vehicles, and solvent use because of their larger OFP contributions. PMID:20028055

  17. Emission inventory of anthropogenic air pollutants and VOC species in the Yangtze River Delta region, China

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    Huang, C.; Chen, C. H.; Li, L.; Cheng, Z.; Wang, H. L.; Huang, H. Y.; Streets, D. G.; Wang, Y. J.; Zhang, G. F.; Chen, Y. R.

    2011-05-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop an emission inventory for major anthropogenic air pollutants and VOC species in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region for the year 2007. A "bottom-up" methodology was adopted to compile the inventory based on major emission sources in the sixteen cities of this region. Results show that the emissions of SO2, NOx, CO, PM10, PM2.5, VOCs, and NH3 in the YRD region for the year 2007 are 2392 kt, 2293 kt, 6697 kt, 3116 kt, 1511 kt, 2767 kt, and 459 kt, respectively. Ethylene, mp-xylene, o-xylene, toluene, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, 2,4-dimethylpentane, ethyl benzene, propylene, 1-pentene, and isoprene are the key species contributing 77 % to the total ozone formation potential (OFP). The spatial distribution of the emissions shows the emissions and OFPs are mainly concentrated in the urban and industrial areas along the Yangtze River and around Hangzhou Bay. The industrial sources, including power plants other fuel combustion facilities, and non-combustion processes contribute about 97 %, 86 %, 89 %, 91 %, and 69 % of the total SO2, NOx, PM10, PM2.5, and VOC emissions. Vehicles take up 12.3 % and 12.4 % of the NOx and VOC emissions, respectively. Regarding OFPs, the chemical industry, domestic use of paint & printing, and gasoline vehicles contribute 38 %, 24 %, and 12 % to the ozone formation in the YRD region.

  18. Contribution of traffic emissions to indoor airborne VOCs

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    Otson, R.; Williams, D.T. [Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); Fellin, P. [Conor Pacific Environmental Ltd., Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

    1998-12-31

    The contribution of nearby vehicle traffic to indoor airborne volatile organic compound levels and to personal exposures was examined to determine the importance of this source. Indoor and outdoor levels of selected VOCs, aldehydes, ketones, and ethanol were measured at 10 homes in Toronto, on sidewalks near the traffic source, indoors and in the backyards or balconies of apartments (outdoors). Concurrently, air exchange rates were measured at each home with a perfluorocarbon tracer method. All the residences were within 1 km of urban intersections with traffic counts of more than 20,000 vehicles per day. Average concentrations of hexane, 1,3-butadiene, toluene, benzene and propionaldehyde decreased in the order: street level > indoor > outdoor. These compounds occur in vehicle emissions, and the contribution of outdoor to indoor concentrations ranged from 24 to 88 % suggesting that traffic emissions contributed to indoor pollutant level through the process of air exchange. For other compounds different trends were observed. Indoors concentrations were greater than outdoors for ethylacetate, tetrachlorethane, pinene, limonene, 1,4-dichlorobenzene, naphthalene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and ethanol, for example. These compounds are common in consumer products, and the contribution of outdoor to indoor concentrations ranged from 2 to 44%. The differences in street and backyard (outdoor) concentrations for some compounds were large due to the presence of nearby vehicles at street level sampling sites, indicating that the impact of traffic on human exposures (pedestrians on sidewalks and occupants of vehicles) is potentially large, compared to the impact of general background urban air pollutants.

  19. VOC Emissions from the Potential Biofuel Crop, Switchgrass

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. Graus; A. S. Eller; R. Fall; J. B. Gilman; W. C. Kuster; J. A. de Gouw; Y. Qian; K. Sekimoto; R. K. Monson; C. Warneke

    2010-01-01

    Volatile organic compound (VOC) emission rates during the growth and simulated harvest phases were determined for three different cultivars of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) using laboratory chamber measurements. Switchgrass is a candidate for use in second-generation (cellulosic) ethanol production and the acerage dedicated to its growth in the USA has already increased during the past decade. We estimate that the yearly

  20. VOC Emission Control with the Brayton Cycle Pilot Plant Operations 

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    Enneking, J. C.

    1992-01-01

    A mobile pilot plant capable of removing VOC emissions from exhaust air streams was cooperatively funded by SCE, EPRI, 3M, and NUCON. Valuable information about the process and the recovery operation has been gained by performing tests at a number...

  1. Seasonal variations in VOC emission rates from gorse (Ulex europaeus)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Boissard, C.; Cao, X.-L.; Juan, C.-Y.; Hewitt, C. N.; Gallagher, M.

    Seasonal variations of biogenic volatile organic compound (VOC) emission rates and standardised emission factors from gorse (Ulex europaeus) have been measured at two sites in the United Kingdom, from October 1994 to September 1995, within temperature and PAR conditions ranging from 3 to 34°C and 10-1300 ?mol m-2 s-1, respectively. Isoprene was the dominant emitted compound with a relative composition fluctuating from 7% of the total VOC (winter) to 97% (late summer). The monoterpenes ?-pinene, camphene, sabinene, ?-pinene, myrcene, limonene, trans-ocimene and ?-terpinene were also emitted, with ?-pinene being the dominant monoterpene during most the year. Trans-ocimene represented 33-66% of the total monoterpene during the hottest months from June to September. VOC emissions were found to be accurately predicted using existing algorithms. Standard (normalised) emission factors of VOCs from gorse were calculated using experimental parameters measured during the experiment and found to fluctuate with season, from 13.3±2.1 to 0.1±0.1 ?g C (g dwt)-1 h-1 in August 1995 and January 1995, respectively, for isoprene, and from 2.5±0.2 to 0.4±0.2 ?g C (g dwt)-1 h-1 in July and November 1995, respectively, for total monoterpenes. No simple clear relation was found to allow prediction of these seasonal variations with respect to temperature and light intensity. The effects of using inappropriate algorithms to derive VOC fluxes from gorse were assessed for isoprene and monoterpenes. Although on an annual basis the discrepancies are not significant, monthly estimation of isoprene were found to be overestimated by more than a factor of 50 during wintertime when the seasonality of emission factors is not considered.

  2. VOC Emissions from the Potential Biofuel Crop, Switchgrass

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    Graus, M.; Eller, A. S.; Fall, R.; Gilman, J. B.; Kuster, W. C.; de Gouw, J. A.; Qian, Y.; Sekimoto, K.; Monson, R. K.; Warneke, C.

    2010-12-01

    Volatile organic compound (VOC) emission rates during the growth and simulated harvest phases were determined for three different cultivars of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) using laboratory chamber measurements. Switchgrass is a candidate for use in second-generation (cellulosic) ethanol production and the acerage dedicated to its growth in the USA has already increased during the past decade. We estimate that the yearly emissions from switchgrass plantations, including both the growth and harvest phases, will be on the order of 3 kg C ha-1 methanol, 1 kg C ha-1 acetaldehyde, 1 kg C ha-1 acetone, 0.9 kg C ha-1 monoterpenes, 0.5 kg C ha-1 isoprene + 1-penten-3-ol, 0.2 kg C ha-1 hexenals, and 0.1 kg C ha-1 hexenols. These emission rates are lower than those expected from Eucalyptus or Poplar plantations, which are other potential biofuel crops and have significantly higher VOC emissions.

  3. Seasonal variations in VOC emission rates from gorse ( Ulex europaeus)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C Boissard; X.-L Cao; C.-Y Juan; C. N Hewitt; M Gallagher

    2001-01-01

    Seasonal variations of biogenic volatile organic compound (VOC) emission rates and standardised emission factors from gorse (Ulex europaeus) have been measured at two sites in the United Kingdom, from October 1994 to September 1995, within temperature and PAR conditions ranging from 3 to 34°C and 10–1300?molm?2s?1, respectively. Isoprene was the dominant emitted compound with a relative composition fluctuating from 7%

  4. On the determination of VOCs emission factors in dry building materials

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    Shin, Dong Min; Kim, Chang Nyung; Park, Chang-Ho; Kim, Dong-Sool; Nam, Youngsuk

    2013-11-01

    A comprehensive modelling study was performed to determine volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emission factors in dry building materials. In order to examine the emission characteristics of VOCs in dry building materials (carpet), an experiment was conducted, and a mathematical methodology was considered together with a numerical work for a validation. Here, a new representative airside VOCs concentration was considered in a mode different from that of previous studies, which allows us to evaluate VOCs emission factors more accurately.

  5. Numerical modeling of VOCs emission from a multi-layer carpet

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    Xie, Huan; Kim, Chang Nyung

    2013-07-01

    A new numerical model predicting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emission from a multi-layer carpet with activated carbon particles is developed with an aim to increase the VOCs emission rate in the carpet before it is used in an indoor environment. The influences of activated carbon particles, diffusion coefficient, material thickness and partition coefficient on the transient airside VOCs concentration and the VOCs emission from the carpet are investigated in detail.

  6. AN ALTERNATIVE METHOD FOR ESTIMATING BIOGENIC VOC EMISSIONS IN EPA REGION I

    EPA Science Inventory

    Regional estimates of biogenic volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions are needed for computer simulations of photochemical smog. ince forests and agricultural crops are the primary emitters of biogenic voc, it is important to develop reliable estimates of their areal coverage ...

  7. Estimation of VOC emissions at petroleum-contaminated soil treatment and disposal facilities

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    Bigham, B.L. [Chesapeake Environmental Group, Inc., Baltimore, MD (United States); Gunkel, K. [Wildwood Environmental Engineering Consultants, Inc., Baltimore, MD (United States)

    1998-12-31

    Federal and State standards have been developed for calculating potential emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the disposal or treatment of soils contaminated with petroleum products. States are the primary permitting authority for this emission source. States also have primary responsibility for implementing the Corrective Action provisions of the federal Underground Storage Tank (UST) program. UST Corrective Actions account for a large portion of the petroleum-contaminated soils (PCS) taken by the treatment and disposal facilities. The States` desire for cost-effective disposal or treatment of soils contaminated with petroleum products often conflicts with Federal and State regulations that limit the release of pollutants into the air. Currently there are several different types of facilities in operation that treat the contaminants contained in the soil. Additionally, landfilling or use of PCS as daily cover at landfills continues to be widely practiced. US EPA`s Office of Air (OAR) has standardized emission factors for determining a facility`s potential to emit based primarily on the vapor pressure and concentration of VOC in the contaminated soil. The conflict between the OAR and OSW requirements and a State`s regulations is illustrated by the way emissions are calculated for off-site commercial PCS treatment facilities and solid waste landfills. VOC emission controls may be needed at facilities that use bioremediation and cold-mixing as the treatment technology, but are rarely required. This paper reviews current literature concerning VOC losses during off-site treatment or disposal. The paper also examines the US EPA`s recommended emission factors and calculation methods for off-site PCS treatment and disposal facilities. The paper then cites as examples facilities that are using uncontrolled VOC volatilization as a primary treatment method.

  8. Put the lid on VOC emissions from maintenance coatings

    SciTech Connect

    Morgan, R.E. [Valspar Corp., Baltimore, MD (United States). Protective Coatings Div.

    1996-11-01

    After the coating film is applied to the substrate, the solvents evaporate and generally become an environmental liability. Solvents used by the coatings industry have been a major environmental issue for many years. Over the years, regulations have been aimed at reducing or eliminating photochemically reactive solvents--those that react in the atmosphere with nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere with nitrogen oxides in the presence of sunlight and heat to form ozones. Many of the solvents used in the coatings industry are, in fact, photochemically reactive. The rules regulating the maintenance coatings industry can generally be divided into three categories: 1. Rules aimed at restricting the VOCs in steel fabricating shops and paint shops. 2. Rules aimed at regulating the emission of VOCs from coatings applied in the field such as on bridges or industrial structures. 3. Rules aimed at the shipbuilding industry where coatings are applied to marine vessels. The paper discusses reducing VOCs, penetrating sealers, mastics, tank linings, inorganic zincs, topcoats--waterborne acrylics, zero-VOC urethane/water systems, and solventless topcoats.

  9. Estimates of ozone response to various combinations of NO(x) and VOC emission reductions in the eastern United States

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    Roselle, Shawn J.; Schere, Kenneth L.; Chu, Shao-Hang

    1994-01-01

    There is increasing recognition that controls on NO(x) emissions may be necessary, in addition to existing and future Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) controls, for the abatement of ozone (O3) over portions of the United States. This study compares various combinations of anthropogenic NO(x) and VOC emission reductions through a series of model simulations. A total of 6 simulations were performed with the Regional Oxidant Model (ROM) for a 9-day period in July 1988. Each simulation reduced anthropogenic NO(x) and VOC emissions across-the-board by different amounts. Maximum O3 concentrations for the period were compared between the simulations. Comparison of the simulations suggests that: (1) NO(x) controls may be more effective than VOC controls in reducing peak O3 over most of the eastern United States; (2) VOC controls are most effective in urban areas having large sources of emissions; (3) NO(x) controls may increase O3 near large point sources; and (4) the benefit gained from increasing the amount of VOC controls may lessen as the amount of NO(x) control is increased. This paper has been reviewed in accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's peer and administrative review policies and approved for presentation and publication. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.

  10. Emissions and Photochemistry of Oxygenated VOCs in the Outflow from Urban Centers in the Northeastern U.S.

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    de Gouw, J. A.; Warneke, C.; Stohl, A.; Holloway, J.; Trainer, M.; Fehsenfeld, F. C.

    2005-12-01

    In the summer of 2004 an extensive air quality study was conducted in the northeastern U.S. in the framework of the International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation (ICARTT). The outflow of pollutants from urban centers, such as New York City, Boston and others, was characterized using ship-based measurements onboard the NOAA research vessel Ronald H. Brown and airborne measurements from the NOAA WP-3 aircraft. Here we focus on the emissions and photochemical processing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), with a special focus on oxygenated VOCs. It will be shown that the emissions of VOCs are well characterized on regional scales, but that the emission sources of oxygenated VOCs are still poorly understood. The VOCs are processed after emission, leading to the formation of carbonyls, organic acids and other secondary species. We will describe the evolution of oxygenated VOCs in urban outflow using the data from individual plumes sampled from the NOAA WP-3 aircraft, which could be traced to specific source regions using the Lagrangian transport model FLEXPART. The secondary formation of aldehydes, ketones and acids is clearly observed, and is compared with the potential formation rates from the known precursors.

  11. Intra- and inter-annual variability of VOC emissions from natural and semi- natural vegetation in Europe and neighbouring countries

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Rainer Steinbrecher; Gerhard Smiatek; Renate Koble; Jochen Theloke; Karin Hauff; Paolo Ciccioli; Robert Vautard

    2008-01-01

    Biogenic VOC emission estimates from the earth's surface are crucial input parameters in air quality models. Knowledge accumulated in the last years about BVOC source distributions and chemical compound species emission profiles in Europe as well as the demand of air quality modellers for a finer resolution in space and time of BVOC estimates have led to the set-up of

  12. Speciated OVOC and VOC emission inventories and their implications for reactivity-based ozone control strategy in the Pearl River Delta region, China.

    PubMed

    Ou, Jiamin; Zheng, Junyu; Li, Rongrong; Huang, Xiaobo; Zhong, Zhuangmin; Zhong, Liuju; Lin, Hui

    2015-10-15

    The increasing ground-ozone (O3) levels, accompanied by decreasing SO2, NO2, PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations benefited from air pollution control measures implemented in recent years, initiated a serious challenge to control Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region, China. Speciated VOC emission inventory is fundamental for estimating Ozone Formation Potentials (OFPs) to identify key reactive VOC species and sources in order to formulate efficient O3 control strategies. With the use of the latest bulk VOC emission inventory and local source profiles, this study developed the PRD regional speciated Oxygenated Volatile Organic Compound (OVOC) and VOC emission inventories to identify the key emission-based and OFP-based VOC sources and species. Results showed that: (1) Methyl alcohol, acetone and ethyl acetate were the major constituents in the OVOC emissions from industrial solvents, household solvents, architectural paints and biogenic sources; (2) from the emission-based perspective, aromatics, alkanes, OVOCs and alkenes made up 39.2%, 28.2%, 15.9% and 10.9% of anthropogenic VOCs; (3) from the OFP-based perspective, aromatics and alkenes become predominant with contributions of 59.4% and 25.8% respectively; (4) ethene, m/p-xylene, toluene, 1,2,4-trimethyl benzene and other 24 high OFP-contributing species were the key reactive species that contributed to 52% of anthropogenic emissions and up to 80% of OFPs; and (5) industrial solvents, industrial process, gasoline vehicles and motorcycles were major emission sources of these key reactive species. Policy implications for O3 control strategy were discussed. The OFP cap was proposed to regulate VOC control policies in the PRD region due to its flexibility in reducing the overall OFP of VOC emission sources in practice. PMID:26057544

  13. Sources and reactivity of NMHCs and VOCs in the atmosphere: a review.

    PubMed

    Kansal, Ankur

    2009-07-15

    Nonmethane hydrocarbons (NMHCs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are important species present in the environment, which results in alteration of the chemistry of atmosphere. On the global scale natural emissions of NMHCs and VOCs exceed anthropogenic emissions, although anthropogenic sources usually dominate within urban areas. Among the natural sources, vegetation is the dominant source. Oceanic and microbial production of these species is minimal as compared to other sources of input. Isoprene and terpenes are main species of NMHCs which are emitted from plants as a protective mechanism against temperature stress tolerance and protection from ravages of insects and pests. The major anthropogenic sources for NMHCs emissions are biomass burning and transportation. NMHCs play a significant role in ozone (O(3)) production in the presence of adequate concentration of oxides of nitrogen in the atmosphere. The production of O(3) is based on Maximum Incremental Reactivity (MIR) of NMHCS and VOCs. The compound's MIR multiplied by molecular weight gives Relative Ozone Productivity (ROPi). To check the reliability of current methods of measuring the NMHCs the Nonmethane Hydrocarbon Inter-comparison Experiment (NMHICE) had been designed. The sample of known composition and unknown concentration of different hydrocarbons was supplied to different laboratories worldwide and less than 50% laboratories correctly separated the unknown mixture. Atmospheric scientists throughout the world are evaluating current analytical methods being employed and are trying to correct the problems to ensure quality control in hydrocarbon analysis. PMID:19136203

  14. Influence of tree provenance on biogenic VOC emissions of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) stumps

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kivimäenpää, Minna; Magsarjav, Narantsetseg; Ghimire, Rajendra; Markkanen, Juha-Matti; Heijari, Juha; Vuorinen, Martti; Holopainen, Jarmo K.

    2012-12-01

    Resin-storing plant species such as conifer trees can release substantial amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere under stress circumstances that cause resin flow. Wounding can be induced by animals, pathogens, wind or direct mechanical damage e.g. during harvesting. In atmospheric modelling of biogenic VOCs, actively growing vegetation has been mostly considered as the source of emissions. Root systems and stumps of resin-storing conifer trees could constitute a significant store of resin after tree cutting. Therefore, we assessed the VOC emission rates from the cut surface of Scots pine stumps and estimated the average emission rates for an area with a density of 2000 stumps per ha. The experiment was conducted with trees of one Estonian and three Finnish Scots pine provenances covering a 1200 km gradient at a common garden established in central Finland in 1991. VOC emissions were dominated by monoterpenes and less than 0.1% of the total emission was sesquiterpenes. ?-Pinene (7-92% of the total emissions) and 3-carene (0-76% of the total emissions) were the dominant monoterpenes. Proportions of ?-pinene and camphene were significantly lower and proportions of 3-carene, sabinene, ?-terpinene and terpinolene higher in the southernmost Saaremaa provenance compared to the other provenances. Total terpene emission rates (standardised to +20 °C) from stumps varied from 27 to 1582 mg h-1 m-2 when measured within 2-3 h after tree cutting. Emission rates decreased rapidly to between 2 and 79 mg h-1 m-2 at 50 days after cutting. The estimated daily terpene emission rates on a hectare basis from freshly cut stumps at a cut tree density of 2000 per ha varied depending on provenance. Estimated emission ranges were 100-710 g ha-1 d-1 and 137-970 g ha-1 d-1 in 40 and in 60 year-old forest stands, respectively. Our result suggests that emission directly from stump surfaces could be a significant source of monoterpene emissions for a few weeks after logging in a Scots pine stand, but provenance properties strongly affect resin flow from root to stump surface.

  15. Biogenic and Anthropogenic VOC Emissions over the Central and Southern U.S.: Results from Recent Airborne Field Campaigns (Invited)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hornbrook, R. S.; Apel, E. C.; Riemer, D. D.; Hills, A. J.; Kaser, L.; Emmons, L. K.; Lamarque, J.; Blake, N. J.; Simpson, I. J.; Blake, D. R.; Karl, T.; Yuan, B.

    2013-12-01

    Over the last two years, the NCAR Trace Organic Gas Analyzer (TOGA), capable of quantifying over 50 individual gas-phase volatile organic compounds (VOCs), was deployed on two airborne field campaigns with flights over the central and southeast United States: Deep Convective Cloud and Chemistry (DC3), and Nitrogen, Oxidants, Mercury and Aerosol Distributions, Sources and Sinks (NOMADSS). These studies provided opportunities to sample air masses dominated by individual emissions sources, including biomass burning, oil and gas extraction, biogenic activity, and marine emissions, as well as the impact of convection on recently emitted trace gases. Using observations of biogenic VOCs, including speciated monoterpenes, we will compare our findings with NCAR CESM CAM-chem model simulations using the MEGAN emissions inventory. Likewise, we will contrast our observations of anthropogenic VOCs over the continental U.S. to model simulations with anthropogenic inventories (e.g., NEI, EDGAR).

  16. Photochemical grid model implementation of VOC, NOx, and O3 source apportionment

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    Kwok, R. H. F.; Baker, K. R.; Napelenok, S. L.; Tonnesen, G. S.

    2014-09-01

    For the purposes of developing optimal emissions control strategies, efficient approaches are needed to identify the major sources or groups of sources that contribute to elevated ozone (O3) concentrations. Source based apportionment techniques implemented in photochemical grid models track sources through the physical and chemical processes important to the formation and transport of air pollutants. Photochemical model source apportionment has been used to estimate impacts of specific sources, groups of sources (sectors), sources in specific geographic areas, and stratospheric and lateral boundary inflow on O3. The implementation and application of a source apportionment technique for O3 and its precursors, nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC), for the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) model are described here. The Integrated Source Apportionment Method (ISAM) O3 approach is a hybrid of source apportionment and source sensitivity in that O3 production is attributed to precursor sources based on O3 formation regime (e.g., for a NOx-sensitive regime, O3 is apportioned to participating NOx emissions). This implementation is illustrated by tracking multiple emissions source sectors and lateral boundary inflow. NOx, VOC, and O3 attribution to tracked sectors in the application are consistent with spatial and temporal patterns of precursor emissions. The O3 ISAM implementation is further evaluated through comparisons of apportioned ambient concentrations and deposition amounts with those derived from brute force zero-out scenarios, with correlation coefficients ranging between 0.58 and 0.99 depending on specific combination of target species and tracked precursor emissions. Low correlation coefficients occur for chemical regimes that have strong non-linearity in O3 sensitivity, which demonstrates different functionalities between source apportionment and zero-out approaches, depending on whether sources of interest are either to be accounted for pollutant levels in a given scenario, or to be perturbed to invoke alternate scenarios.

  17. Spatial/Temporal Variations and Source Apportionment of VOCs Monitored at Community Scale in an Urban Area

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    Yu, Chang Ho; Zhu, Xianlei; Fan, Zhi-hua

    2014-01-01

    This study aimed to characterize spatial/temporal variations of ambient volatile organic compounds (VOCs) using a community-scale monitoring approach and identify the main sources of concern in Paterson, NJ, an urban area with mixed sources of VOCs. VOC samples were simultaneously collected from three local source-dominated (i.e., commercial, industrial, and mobile) sites in Paterson and one background site in Chester, NJ (located ?58 km southwest of Paterson). Samples were collected using the EPA TO-15 method from midnight to midnight, one in every sixth day over one year. Among the 60 analyzed VOCs, ten VOCs (acetylene, benzene, dichloromethane, ethylbenzene, methyl ethyl ketone, styrene, toluene, m,p-xylene, o-xylene, and p-dichlorobenzene) were selected to examine their spatial/temporal variations. All of the 10 VOCs in Paterson were significantly higher than the background site (p<0.01). Ethylbenzene, m,p-xylene, o-xylene, and p-dichlorobenzene measured at the commercial site were significantly higher than the industrial/mobile sites (p<0.01). Seven VOCs (acetylene, benzene, dichloromethane, methyl ethyl ketone, styrene, toluene, and p-dichlorobenzene) were significantly different by season (p<0.05), that is, higher in cold seasons than in warm seasons. In addition, dichloromethane, methyl ethyl ketone, and toluene were significantly higher on weekdays than weekend days (p<0.05). These results are consistent with literature data, indicating the impact of anthropogenic VOC sources on air pollution in Paterson. Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF) analysis was applied for 24-hour integrated VOC measurements in Paterson over one year and identified six contributing factors, including motor vehicle exhausts (20%), solvents uses (19%), industrial emissions (16%), mobile+stationery sources (12%), small shop emissions (11%), and others (22%). Additional locational analysis confirmed the identified sources were well matched with point sources located upwind in Paterson. The study demonstrated the community-scale monitoring approach can capture spatial variation of VOCs in an urban community with mixed VOC sources. It also provided robust data to identify major sources of concern in the community. PMID:24755686

  18. Test methods for determining short and long term VOC emissions from latex paint

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    Krebs, K.; Lao, H.C.; Fortmann, R.; Tichenor, B.

    1998-09-01

    The paper discusses an evaluation of latex paint (interior, water based) as a source of indoor pollution. A major objective of the research is the development of methods for predicting emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) over time. Test specimens of painted gypsumboard are placed in dynamic flow-through test chambers. Samples of the outlet air are collected on Tenax sorbents and thermally desorbed for analysis by gas chromatography/flame ionization detection. These tests produce short- and long-term data for latex paint emissions of Texanol, 2-2(-butoxyethoxy)-ethanol, and glycols. Evaluation of the data shows that most of the Texanol emissions occur within the first few days, and emissions of the glycols occur over several months. This behavior may be described by an evaporative mass transfer process that dominates the short-term emissions, while long-term emissions are limited by diffusion processes within the dry paint-gypsumboard.

  19. Uncertainty assessment of VOC emissions from paint in The Netherlands using the NUSAP system.

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    Van der Sluijs, Jeroen P; Risbey, James S; Ravetz, Jerry

    2005-06-01

    We demonstrate an innovative approach to uncertainty assessment known as the NUSAP system, to assess qualitative and quantitative uncertainty for the case of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from paint in The Netherlands. Using expert elicitation, we identified key sources of error, critical assumptions, and bias in the monitoring process. We assessed pedigree and probabilistic uncertainty of all input quantities. We used four pedigree criteria to assess the strength of the knowledge base: proxy representation, empirical basis, methodological rigour and degree of validation. Using Monte Carlo analysis, we assessed sensitivity and propagation of uncertainty. Results for sensitivity and pedigree were combined in a 'NUSAP Diagnostic Diagram', which effectively highlighted the assumption for VOC percentage of imported paint as the weakest spot in the monitoring of VOC emissions. We conclude that NUSAP facilitates systematic scrutinization of method and underlying assumptions and structures creative thinking on sources of error and bias. It provides a means to prioritise uncertainties and focus research efforts on the potentially most problematic parameters and assumptions, at the same time identifying specific weaknesses in the knowledge base. With NUSAP, nuances of meaning about quantities can be conveyed concisely and clearly, to a degree that is not possible with statistic methods only. PMID:15952522

  20. Effects of Environmental and Test Conditions on VOC Emissions from "Wet" Coating Materials

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    Chen, Qingyan "Yan"

    Effects of Environmental and Test Conditions on VOC Emissions from "Wet" Coating Materials X. Yang1, numerical simulations have been conducted to study the effects of key environmental and test conditions (air., Zhang, J.S., and Shaw, C.Y. 2001. "Effects of environmental and test conditions on VOC emissions from

  1. On the ozone production sensitivity and VOC emissions in the Nashville urban plume

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Dongyang He

    2000-01-01

    Urban ozone is a hazard to human beings, crops, and forests. It is produced by NOx and VOC emissions, through photochemical processes. Control of ozone levels by reducing NOx or VOC emissions has been studied for decades with model simulations. However, due to the uncertainties in model simulations and the nonlinear characteristics of the photochemical processes, measurement data are used

  2. EVALUATION OF POTENTIAL VOC SCREENING INSTRUMENTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report describes the evaluation of potential fugitive source emission screening instruments for analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). An initial review of available portable VOC detection instruments indicated that detectors operating on several principles (i.e., fla...

  3. Reconciling Airborne Basin Scale Methane Flux Estimates with Ground Based Quantification of Methane and VOC Emissions from Well Pads.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Murphy, S. M.; Field, R. A.; Soltis, J.; Snare, D.; Edie, R.

    2014-12-01

    Data was collected in the Pinedale Anticline and Jonah Fields in Wyoming, both of which are among the top ten wet gas fields in the USA in terms of production. We present an estimate of total methane flux from these two gas fields derived from airborne measurements and relate this flux to ground-based measurements of methane leakage from ~50 individual well pads within the fields. The fraction of basin-wide methane flux that can be accounted for by leaks from individual well pads will be discussed as well as the fraction of methane production that is leaked. We outline the difficulties and strengths of the EPA-developed methodology, referred to as Geospatial Measurement of Air Pollution Remote Emission Quantification, that was used to determined individual well-pad leakage rates using detailed wind measurements without tracers. Often the ratio of VOC:methane concentrations is combined with a known methane flux to determine VOC emission rates. In this study, we measured the flux of volatile organic compounds (VOC) independently of methane by using a proton-transfer-reactor time-of-flight mass-spectrometer and rapid 3-D wind measurements. This allows us to distinguish sources that emit primarily VOC, those that emit a mix of VOC and methane, and those that emit primarily methane. The relationship of VOC and methane fluxes from a number of different oil and gas operations will be discussed.

  4. Controlling VOCs and odor

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Zmuda

    1994-01-01

    Few environmental issues attract more attention than odor emissions. The odor source can quickly be identified, coming under immediate public scrutiny. Often, odor is not merely a public nuisance problem but can be indicative of volatile organic compound (VOC) control needs at the facility. In some cases, odor-producing compounds are VOCs regulated under different sections of federal, state or local

  5. Industrial sector-based volatile organic compound (VOC) source profiles measured in manufacturing facilities in the Pearl River Delta, China.

    PubMed

    Zheng, Junyu; Yu, Yufan; Mo, Ziwei; Zhang, Zhou; Wang, Xinming; Yin, Shasha; Peng, Kang; Yang, Yang; Feng, Xiaoqiong; Cai, Huihua

    2013-07-01

    Industrial sector-based VOC source profiles are reported for the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region, China, based source samples (stack emissions and fugitive emissions) analyzed from sources operating under normal conditions. The industrial sectors considered are printing (letterpress, offset and gravure printing processes), wood furniture coating, shoemaking, paint manufacturing and metal surface coating. More than 250 VOC species were detected following US EPA methods TO-14 and TO-15. The results indicated that benzene and toluene were the major species associated with letterpress printing, while ethyl acetate and isopropyl alcohol were the most abundant compounds of other two printing processes. Acetone and 2-butanone were the major species observed in the shoemaking sector. The source profile patterns were found to be similar for the paint manufacturing, wood furniture coating, and metal surface coating sectors, with aromatics being the most abundant group and oxygenated VOCs (OVOCs) as the second largest contributor in the profiles. While OVOCs were one of the most significant VOC groups detected in these five industrial sectors in the PRD region, they have not been reported in most other source profile studies. Such comparisons with other studies show that there are differences in source profiles for different regions or countries, indicating the importance of developing local source profiles. PMID:23584189

  6. Contrasting winter and summer VOC mixing ratios at a forest site in the Western Mediterranean Basin: the effect of local biogenic emissions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Seco, R.; Peñuelas, J.; Filella, I.; Llusià, J.; Molowny-Horas, R.; Schallhart, S.; Metzger, A.; Müller, M.; Hansel, A.

    2011-12-01

    Atmospheric volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are involved in ozone and aerosol generation, thus having implications for air quality and climate. VOCs and their emissions by vegetation also have important ecological roles as they can protect plants from stresses and act as communication cues between plants and between plants and animals. In spite of these key environmental and biological roles, the reports on seasonal and daily VOC mixing ratios in the literature for Mediterranean natural environments are scarce. We conducted seasonal (winter and summer) measurements of VOC mixing ratios in an elevated (720 m a.s.l.) holm oak Mediterranean forest site near the metropolitan area of Barcelona (NE Iberian Peninsula). Methanol was the most abundant compound among all the VOCs measured in both seasons. While aromatic VOCs showed almost no seasonal variability, short-chain oxygenated VOCs presented higher mixing ratios in summer, presumably due to greater emission by vegetation and increased photochemistry, both enhanced by the high temperatures and solar radiation in summer. Isoprenoid VOCs showed the biggest seasonal change in mixing ratios: they increased by one order of magnitude in summer, as a result of the vegetation's greater physiological activity and emission rates. The maximum diurnal concentrations of ozone increased in summer too, most likely due to more intense photochemical activity and the higher levels of VOCs in the air. The daily variation of VOC mixing ratios was mainly governed by the wind regime of the mountain, as the majority of the VOC species analyzed followed a very similar diel cycle. Mountain and sea breezes that develop after sunrise advect polluted air masses to the mountain. These polluted air masses had previously passed over the urban and industrial areas surrounding the Barcelona metropolitan area, where they were enriched in NOx and in VOCs of biotic and abiotic origin. Moreover, these polluted air masses receive additional biogenic VOCs emitted in the local valley by the vegetation, thus enhancing O3 formation in this forested site. The only VOC species that showed a somewhat different daily pattern were monoterpenes because of their local biogenic emission. Isoprene also followed in part the daily pattern of monoterpenes, but only in summer when its biotic sources were stronger. The increase by one order of magnitude in the concentrations of these volatile isoprenoids highlights the importance of local biogenic summer emissions in these Mediterranean forested areas which also receive polluted air masses from nearby or distant anthropic sources.

  7. Contrasting winter and summer VOC mixing ratios at a forest site in the Western Mediterranean Basin: the effect of local biogenic emissions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Seco, R.; Peñuelas, J.; Filella, I.; Llusià, J.; Molowny-Horas, R.; Schallhart, S.; Metzger, A.; Müller, M.; Hansel, A.

    2011-07-01

    Atmospheric volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are involved in ozone and aerosol generation, thus having implications for air quality and climate. VOCs and their emissions by vegetation also have important ecological roles as they can protect plants from stresses and act as communication cues between plants and between plants and animals. In spite of these key environmental and biological roles, the reports on seasonal and daily VOC mixing ratios in the literature for Mediterranean natural environments are scarce. We conducted seasonal (winter and summer) measurements of VOC mixing ratios in an elevated (720 m a.s.l.) holm oak Mediterranean forest site near the metropolitan area of Barcelona (NE Iberian peninsula). Methanol was the most abundant compound among all the VOCs measured in both seasons. While aromatic VOCs showed almost no seasonal variability, short-chain oxygenated VOCs presented higher mixing ratios in summer, presumably due to greater emission by vegetation and increased photochemistry, both enhanced by the high temperatures and solar radiation in summer. Isoprenoid VOCs showed the biggest seasonal change in mixing ratios: they increased by one order of magnitude in summer, as a result of the vegetation's greater physiological activity and emission rates. The maximum diurnal concentrations of ozone increased in summer too, most likely due to more intense photochemical activity and the higher levels of VOCs in the air. The daily variation of VOC mixing ratios was mainly governed by the wind regime of the mountain, as the majority of the VOC species analyzed followed a very similar diel cycle. Mountain and sea breezes that develop after sunrise advect polluted air masses to the mountain. These polluted air masses had previously passed over the urban and industrial areas surrounding the Barcelona metropolitan area, where they were enriched in NOx and in VOCs of biotic and abiotic origin. Moreover, these polluted air masses receive additional biogenic VOCs emitted in the local valley by the vegetation, thus enhancing O3 formation in this forested site. The only VOC species that showed a somewhat different daily pattern were monoterpenes because of their local biogenic emission. Isoprene also followed in part the daily pattern of monoterpenes, but only in summer when its biotic sources were stronger. The increase by one order of magnitude in the concentrations of these volatile isoprenoids highlights the importance of local biogenic summer emissions in these Mediterranean forested areas which also receive polluted air masses from nearby or distant anthropic sources.

  8. Extended Research on Detection of Deception Using Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions

    SciTech Connect

    Center for Human Reliability Studies

    2006-06-01

    A system that captures and analyzes volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from skin surfaces may offer a viable alternative method to the polygraph instrument currently in use for detecting deception in U.S. government settings. Like the involuntary autonomic central nervous system response data gathered during polygraph testing, VOC emissions from the skin may provide data that can be used to detect stress caused by deception. Detecting VOCs, then, may present a noninvasive, non-intrusive method for observing, recording, and quantifying evidence of stress or emotional change.

  9. Spatio-temporal distribution of VOC emissions in urban area based on receptor modeling

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stoji?, A.; Staniši? Stoji?, S.; Miji?, Z.; Šoštari?, A.; Rajši?, S.

    2015-04-01

    In the present study, the concentrations of VOC were measured using Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometer, together with NOx, NO2, NO, SO2, CO, and PM10 during winter 2014 in Belgrade, Serbia. For the purpose of source apportionment, receptor models Positive Matrix Factorization and Unmix were applied to the obtained dataset, both resolving six profiles. The reliable identification of pollutant sources, description of their characteristics, and estimation of their spatio-temporal distribution are presented through comprehensive analysis and comparison of receptor model solutions, with respect to meteorological data, planetary boundary layer height, and regional and long-range transport. For emissions from petrochemical industry and oil refinery a significant contribution of transport is observed, and hybrid receptor models were applied for identification of potential non-local source regions.

  10. The study of emission inventory on anthropogenic air pollutants and VOC species in the Yangtze River Delta region, China

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Huang, C.; Chen, C. H.; Li, L.; Cheng, Z.; Wang, H. L.; Huang, H. Y.; Streets, D. G.; Wang, Y. J.

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop an emission inventory for major anthropogenic air pollutants and VOC species in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) region for the year 2007. A "bottom-up" methodology was adopted to compile the inventory based on major emission sources in the sixteen cities of this region. Results show that the emissions of SO2, NOx, CO, PM10, PM2.5, VOCs, and NH3 in the YRD region for the year 2007 are 2391.8 kt, 2292.9 kt, 6697.1 kt, 3115.7 kt, 1510.8 kt, 2767.4 kt, and 458.9 kt, respectively. Ethylene, mp-xylene, o-xylene, toluene, and 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, 2,4-dimethylpentane, ethyl benzene, propylene, 1-pentene, and isoprene are the key species contributing 77% to the total OFPs. The spatial distribution of the emissions shows the emissions and OFPs are mainly concentrated in the urban and industrial areas along the Yangtze River and around the Hangzhou Bay. The industrial sources including power plant, other fuel combustion facilities, and non-combustion processes contribute about 97%, 86%, 89%, 91%, and 69% of the total SO2, NOx, PM10, PM2.5, and VOC emissions. Vehicles take up 12.3% and 12.4% of the NOx and VOC emissions, respectively. Regarding OFPs, chemical industry, domestic use of paint and printing, and gasoline vehicle contribute 38.2%, 23.9%, and 11.6% to the ozone formation in the YRD region.

  11. A Novel New Approach to VOC and HAP Emission Control

    E-print Network

    McGinness, M.

    VOHAP emissions. Paint spray booth emissions are one of the most problematic sources to control for other VOHAP control technologies. Other applications that will be discussed will involve reducing the need for waste water treatment and disposal... booth air cooling the feed water like a cooling tower unless costly makeup air systems were included to preheat the spray paint booth air. Recent work at Ford Research (Kim, 1998) concluded that activated sludge bioreactors could be used...

  12. Reconciling urban VOC/NOx (volatile organic compounds/NOx) emission inventories with ambient concentration data

    SciTech Connect

    Ching, J.K.S.; Novak, J.H.; Schere, K.L.; Gillani, N.V.

    1987-06-01

    A review of the current state of emission inventories of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and NOx data compiled for urban areas in the U.S. is presented. The study reveals great differences in the gross-emission magnitudes when compared with corresponding ambient-air concentration data. The VOC emissions data are, in general, shown to be underestimated by factors exceeding 3 or more for most cities. The aggregated emission from urban areas is determined from measurements of excess crosswind and vertically integrated pollutant concentration over background in the urban plume just downwind of the emissions area.

  13. [Study on concentration, ozone production potential and sources of VOCs in the atmosphere of Beijing during Olympics period].

    PubMed

    Wu, Fang-Kun; Wang, Yue-Si; An, Jun-Lin; Zhang, Jun-Gang

    2010-01-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is one of the key precursors of atmospheric ozone (O3), whose concentration variation influences directly the level of the photochemical pollutant O3. During Beijing Olympics, VOCs were measured near the Beijing National Stadium. Two and half-hour integrated canister samples were collected and analyzed in the morning and afternoon of each sampling day. Simultaneously, concentration, potential ozone production and sources of VOCs in the atmosphere of Beijing were studied. And the results indicated that the total VOCs species had higher concentrations in the morning (34.38 x 10(-9)), and lower in the afternoon (27.13 x 10(-9)), where the concentration of alkanes was the highest, and aromatics and alkenes came next. However, the concentrations of alkenes in the afternoon were significantly lower than those in the morning, which was 28%, and aromatics (26%) and alkanes (15%) came next. 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene has the highest propylene-equivalent concentration (8.05 x 10(-9)C), and m/p-xylene (6.97 x 10(-9)C), toluene (6.41 x 10(-9)C) and 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene (5.64 x 10(-9) C) came next. Aromatics (47%) gives the most significant contribution to the production of O3 in the atmospheric VOCs of Beijing, and then were alkenes (40%) and alkanes (13%). Automobile emissions accounted for approximately 28% of the total VOCs, and solvent volatilization (19%), LPG leakage (15%) and industrial sources (12%) came next, from which Beijing may decrease the atmospheric VOCs. PMID:20329509

  14. Intra-and inter-annual variability of VOC emissions from natural and semi-natural vegetation in Europe and neighbouring countries

    E-print Network

    Curci, Gabriele

    in the last years about BVOC source distributions and chemical compound species emission profiles in EuropeIntra- and inter-annual variability of VOC emissions from natural and semi- natural vegetation in Europe and neighbouring countries Rainer Steinbrecher a , Gerhard Smiatek a,*, Renate Ko¨ble b , Gu

  15. Intra- and inter-annual variability of VOC emissions from natural and semi-natural vegetation in Europe and neighbouring countries

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Rainer Steinbrecher; Gerhard Smiatek; Renate Köble; Günther Seufert; Jochen Theloke; Karin Hauff; Paolo Ciccioli; Robert Vautard; Gabriele Curci

    2009-01-01

    Biogenic VOC emission estimates from the earth's surface are crucial input parameters in air quality models. Knowledge accumulated in the last years about BVOC source distributions and chemical compound species emission profiles in Europe as well as the demand of air quality modellers for a finer resolution in space and time of BVOC estimates have led to the set-up of

  16. APPORTIONMENT OF RESIDENTIAL INDOOR AEROSOL, VOC AND ALDEHYDESPECIES TO INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The average concentrations of a large number of fine particleaerosol, VOC and aldehyde species measured in ten Boise, IDresidences in wintertime have been apportioned according to theircontributions from all inside sources and all outside sources. hemethod depends on the availabi...

  17. Methods and Example for Development of a Probabilistic Per-Capita Emission Factor for VOC

    E-print Network

    Frey, H. Christopher

    quality management purposes.1 However, current practice typically ignores the uncertainty in emission1 Methods and Example for Development of a Probabilistic Per-Capita Emission Factor for VOC Emissions from Consumer/Commercial Product Use Paper No. 42162 H. Christopher Frey Department of Civil

  18. 40 CFR 60.694 - Permission to use alternative means of emission limitation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...STATIONARY SOURCES Standards of Performance for VOC Emissions From Petroleum Refinery Wastewater...emission limitation will achieve a reduction in VOC emissions at least equivalent to the reduction in VOC emissions achieved by the applicable...

  19. SemiEmpirical Correlation to Estimate VOCs Emission Rates for Water-based Paints Used in Building Engineering

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yu-Min Chang; Wei-Hsing Hu; Chih-Mei Chou; Wen-Bing Fang

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from surface coating have been caused growing public concern for air quality, even low-emitted VOCs from water-based paints for indoor air quality in Taiwan urban areas. On a view of point on engineering application, the paper proposes a mathematical model to simulate the VOCs dynamic emission based on mass transfer and molecular diffusion theories. A

  20. Net in-cabin emission rates of VOCs and contributions from outside and inside the aircraft cabin

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    Guan, Jun; Li, Zheng; Yang, Xudong

    2015-06-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are one of the most important types of air pollutants in aircraft cabin. Balancing source intensity of VOCs and ventilation strategies is an essential conducive way to obtain acceptable aircraft cabin environment. This paper intends to develop a simplified model by a case study to estimate the net VOC emission rates of cabin interior, and contributions from outside and inside the aircraft cabin. In-flight continuous measurements of total VOCs (TVOC) in cabin air were made in six domestic flights in March 2013. The results indicate that the concentrations of TVOC mostly ranged from 0.20 mg m-3 to 0.40 mg m-3 in cabin air, which first increased at ascent, and then kept elevated during cruise, and decreased at descent in general. For further ventilation information, carbon dioxide (CO2) in supply air and re-circulated air was simultaneously observed as a ventilation tracer to calculate the bleed air ratios, outside airflow rates and total airflow rates in these flights. And thus, the emission rates derived from cabin interior and contributions of TVOC from bleed air and cabin interior were estimated for the whole flight accordingly. Results indicate that during the cruise phase, TVOC in cabin air mainly came from cabin interiors. However, contributions from outside air also became significant during taxiing on the ground, ascent and descent phases. The simplified model would be useful for developing better control strategies of aircraft cabin air quality.

  1. Source Signature of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) associated with oil and natural gas operations in Utah and Colorado

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gilman, J.; Lerner, B. M.; Warneke, C.; Holloway, J. S.; Peischl, J.; Ryerson, T. B.; Young, C. J.; Edwards, P.; Brown, S. S.; Wolfe, D. E.; Williams, E. J.; De Gouw, J. A.

    2012-12-01

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration has reported a sharp increase in domestic oil and natural gas production from "unconventional" reserves (e.g., shale and tight sands) between 2005 and 2012. The recent growth in drilling and fossil fuel production has led to environmental concerns regarding local air quality. Severe wintertime ozone events (greater than 100 ppb ozone) have been observed in Utah's Uintah Basin and Wyoming's Upper Green River Basin, both of which contain large natural gas fields. Raw natural gas is a mixture of approximately 60-95 mole percent methane while the remaining fraction is composed of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other non-hydrocarbon gases. We measured an extensive set of VOCs and other trace gases near two highly active areas of oil and natural gas production in Utah's Uintah Basin and Colorado's Denver-Julesburg Basin in order to characterize primary emissions of VOCs associated with these industrial operations and identify the key VOCs that are precursors for potential ozone formation. UBWOS (Uintah Basin Winter Ozone Study) was conducted in Uintah County located in northeastern Utah in January-February 2012. Two Colorado studies were conducted at NOAA's Boulder Atmospheric Observatory in Weld County in northeastern Colorado in February-March 2011 and July-August 2012 as part of the NACHTT (Nitrogen, Aerosol Composition, and Halogens on a Tall Tower) and SONNE (Summer Ozone Near Natural gas Emissions) field experiments, respectively. The C2-C6 hydrocarbons were greatly enhanced for all of these studies. For example, the average propane mixing ratio observed during the Utah study was 58 ppb (median = 35 ppb, minimum = 0.8, maximum = 520 ppb propane) compared to urban averages which range between 0.3 and 6.0 ppb propane. We compare the ambient air composition from these studies to urban measurements in order to show that the VOC source signature from oil and natural gas operations is distinct and can be clearly distinguished from typical urban emissions associated with on-road combustion sources. We show that each geologic basin has a unique VOC source signature. We will examine the effects of photochemical processing of the primary VOC emissions by comparing the composition and OH reactivity for the wintertime studies to the summertime when there is active photochemistry occurring.

  2. Comparing the VOC emissions between air-dried and heat-treated Scots pine wood

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Manninen, Anne-Marja; Pasanen, Pertti; Holopainen, Jarmo K.

    The emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from air-dried Scots pine wood and from heat-treated Scots pine wood were compared with GC-MS analysis. Air-dried wood blocks released about 8 times more total VOCs than heat-treated (24 h at 230°C) ones. Terpenes were clearly the main compound group in the air-dried wood samples, whereas aldehydes and carboxylic acids and their esters dominated in the heat-treated wood samples. Only 14 compounds out of 41 identified individual compounds were found in both wood samples indicating considerable changes in VOC emission profile during heat-treatment process. Of individual compounds ?-pinene, 3-carene and hexanal were the most abundant ones in the air-dried wood. By contrast, in the heat-treated wood 2-furancarboxaldehyde, acetic acid and 2-propanone were the major compounds of VOC emission. Current emission results reveal that significant chemical changes have occurred, and volatile monoterpenes and other low-molecular-weight compounds have evaporated from the wood during the heat-treatment process when compared to air-dried wood. Major chemical changes detected in VOC emissions are explained by the thermal degradation and oxidation of main constituents in wood. The results suggest that if heat-treated wood is used in interior carpentry, emissions of monoterpenes are reduced compared to air-dried wood, but some irritating compounds might be released into indoor air.

  3. Volatile organic compound (VOC) control in ethylene plants

    SciTech Connect

    Grover, R.; Gomaa, H.M. [M.W. Kellogg Co., Houston, TX (United States)

    1994-12-31

    Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are compounds of carbon that combine with nitrogen oxides and other airborne chemicals, in the presence of sunlight (photochemically), to form ozone, which is a primary component of smog. Some common VOC include: benzene, toluene, xylene, naphtha, ethylene oxide, methyl ethyl ketone, acetone, and 1,3-Butadiene. Pollution of the atmosphere by VOC has been a subject of major concern. Therefore, VOC emissions are attracting increasing concern from public and government agencies. Ethylene plants have many multiple sources of VOC emissions. These sources can be divided into point emission sources, both continuous and intermittent, and fugitive emission sources. This paper discusses VOC emissions and controls for ethylene plants. The impact of environmental regulations are discussed with respect to new and existing ethylene plants. Typical VOC emission rates are quantified. Commercially available and emerging control technologies are reviewed.

  4. Low temperature oxidation catalyst for control of VOC emissions

    SciTech Connect

    Libanati, C.; Ziebarth, M.S.; Beeckman, J.W. [W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn, Columbia, MD (United States)] [and others

    1997-12-31

    This paper summarizes the work on the development of a novel catalyst formulation for the complete oxidation of oxygenated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at low-temperature in the exhaust gases from flexographic printing and bakery applications. VOCs present in flexographic exhaust gases typically include ethyl and propyl alcohols, acetates and ketones, whereas ethanol is the primary VOC in bakery applications. The new catalyst formulation is a combination of noble metal and metal oxides supported on alumina beads. This formulation is a drop-in replacement for available commercial bead products, which is a noble metal on alumina catalyst. The new catalyst operates at inlet temperatures 75{degree}F to 200{degree}F lower than the commercial noble metal catalyst depending on the VOC considered and exhibit adequate resistance to poisoning by sulfur. Full size test units have operated successfully for over six months in two flexographic printing operations. Aged catalyst samples from these field units show good performance in lab tests.

  5. RECONCILING URBAN VOC/NOX (VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS/NOX) EMISSION INVENTORIES WITH AMBIENT CONCENTRATION DATA

    EPA Science Inventory

    A review of the current state of emission inventories of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and NOx data compiled for urban areas in the U.S. is presented. The study reveals great differences in the gross emission magnitudes when compared with corresponding ambient air concentratio...

  6. CHARACTERIZATION AND REDUCTION OF FORMALDEHYDE EMISSIONS FROM A LOW-VOC LATEX PAINT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper discusses the measurment and analysis of the patterns of formaldehyde emission from a low volatile organic compound (VOC) latex paint applied to gypsum board, using small environmental chamber tests. The formaldehyde emissions resulted in sharp increase of chamber air...

  7. CHARACTERIZATION AND REDUCTION OF FORMALDEHYDE EMISSIONS FROM A LOW-VOC LATEX PAINT: JOURNAL ARTICLE

    EPA Science Inventory

    NRMRL-RTP-P- 474a Chang*, J.C.S., Guo*, Z., Fortmann, R.C., and Lao, H.-C. Characterization and Reduction of Formaldehyde Emissions from a Low-VOC Latex Paint. Indoor Air 12 (1):10-16 (2002). EPA/600/J-02/187. 01/10/2000 The patterns of formaldehyde emission from a low vol...

  8. CHARACTERIZATION AND REDUCTION OF FORMALDEHYDE EMISSIONS FROM A LOW-VOC LATEX PAINT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The patterns of formaldehyde emission from a low volatile organic compound (VOC) latex paint applied to gypsum board were measured and analyzed by small environmental chamber tests. It was found that the formaldehyde emissions resulted in sharp increase of chamber air formaldehy...

  9. The Indoor Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Pollution Control Methods - A Case Study

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Lei Yuan; NanYang Yu

    2010-01-01

    An aim in study volatile organic compound (VOCs) emission is to improve indoor air quality. VOCs are the major indoor air pollutants, this paper introduced the types ,sources and characteristics of pollution caused by VOCs in indoor air, and effect of VOCs on human health were presented. The pollution from sources, adsorption technology and photocatalytic oxidation technology ect. In order

  10. Constraints on the sources and impacts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) over North America from tall tower measurements

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hu, Lu

    This dissertation presents the first-ever in-situ tall tower measurements of volatile organic compound (VOC) concentrations. The data span August 2009 through July 2012, and provide new constraints on seasonal and long-term controls on VOC sources and their atmospheric effects. The 200 m sampling height provides a large-scale footprint, while the tall tower location, near the intersection of the main North American ecosystems and at times downwind of the Twin Cities, affords information on natural emissions from some of the most important US landscapes as well as on anthropogenic sources. I interpret the dataset using an atmospheric chemical transport model (GEOS-Chem CTM), with a focus on several key atmospheric VOCs. This dissertation finds that current models underestimate methanol emission rates for younger versus older leaves. This biased seasonality means that the photochemical role for methanol early in the growing season is presently underestimated. A Bayesian inverse analysis of the tall tower observations reveals that the prior estimate of North American anthropogenic acetone sources (based on the US EPA's NEI05 inventory) is accurate to within 20%. However, biogenic acetone emissions from broadleaf trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are presently underestimated (˜37%), while emissions from needleleaf trees plus secondary production from biogenic precursors are overestimated by a similar amount (˜40%). Model-measurement comparisons imply that isoprene emissions in the immediate vicinity of the tall tower are accurately captured by the MEGANv2.1 biogenic inventory, but that larger-scale regional emissions are underestimated, reflecting the heterogeneous land cover in this transitional landscape. Isoprene emissions play a key role in seasonal shifts between VOC-limited chemistry in the spring and fall and NOx-limited or transitional chemistry in the summer. A Bayesian inverse analysis based on the tall tower measurements suggests that: i) the RETRO global emission inventory significantly overestimates (> two-fold) US C6-C8 aromatic emissions; ii) the US EPA's NEI08 inventory likewise overestimates the toluene flux by a factor of 3, partly reflecting a bias in the estimated non-road emissions; and iii) total annual emissions of benzene and C8 aromatics in the EPA's NEI08 are accurate to within the analysis uncertainty, but with some seasonal biases for on-road emissions.

  11. VOC emissions of smouldering combustion from Mediterranean wildfires in central Portugal

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Evtyugina, Margarita; Calvo, Ana Isabel; Nunes, Teresa; Alves, Célia; Fernandes, Ana Patrícia; Tarelho, Luís; Vicente, Ana; Pio, Casimiro

    2013-01-01

    Emissions of trace gases and C5-C10 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from Mediterranean wildfires occurring in Portugal in summer 2010 were studied. Fire smoke was collected in Tedlar bags and analysed for CO, CO2, total hydrocarbons (THC) and VOCs. The CO, CO2 and THC emission factors (EFs) were 206 ± 79, 1377 ± 142 and 8.1 ± 9 g kg-1 biomass burned (dry basis), respectively. VOC emissions from Mediterranean wildfires were reported for the first time. Aromatic hydrocarbons were major components of the identified VOC emissions. Among them, benzene and toluene were dominant compounds with EFs averaging 0.747 ± 0.303 and 0.567 ± 0.422 g kg-1 biomass burned (dry basis), respectively. Considerable amounts of oxygenated organic volatile compounds (OVOCs) and isoprenoids were detected. 2-Furaldehyde and hexanal were the most abundant measured OVOCs with EFs of 0.337 ± 0.259 and 0.088 ± 0.039 g kg-1 biomass burned (dry basis), respectively. The isoprenoid emissions were dominated by isoprene (EF = 0.207 ± 0.195 g kg-1 dry biomass burned) and ?-pinene (EF = 0.112 ± 0.093 g kg-1 dry biomass burned). Emission data obtained in this work are useful for validating and improving emission inventories, as well for carrying out modelling studies to assess the effects of vegetation fires on air pollution and tropospheric chemistry.

  12. Historic volatile organic compounds (VOCS) emissions estimates and activity data (for microcomputers). Data file

    SciTech Connect

    Mobley, J.D.; Gschwandtner, G.

    1988-03-31

    Lotus spreadsheets containing the data presented in Appendix B of the EPA report Historic Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in the United States from 1900 to 1985 are provided on three 5 1/4 floppy diskettes. VOC emissions and activity data are given for the United States; Alabama-Florida; Georgia-Louisiana; Maine-Montana; Nebraska-North Dakota; Ohio-Tennessee; and Texas-Wyoming. The data file is in the LOTUS 1-2-3 format using the DOS 3.10 operating system.

  13. MODEL FOR EVALUATION OF REFINERY AND SYNFUELS VOC (VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS) EMISSION DATA. VOLUME 2. APPENDICES B AND C

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report describes the development of a model for estimating emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from petroleum refineries and synfuel plants. The model, responding to a need to define a consistent and comprehensive approach for estimating VOC emissions from these tw...

  14. MODEL FOR EVALUATION OF REFINERY AND SYNFUELS VOC (VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS) EMISSION DATA. VOLUME 1. TECHNICAL REPORT AND APPENDIX A

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report describes the development of a model for estimating emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from petroleum refineries and synfuel plants. The model, responding to a need to define a consistent and comprehensive approach for estimating VOC emissions from these tw...

  15. CAPSTONE REPORT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A STANDARD TEST METHOD FOR VOC EMISSIONS FROM INTERIOR LATEX AND ALKYD PAINTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives details of a small-chamber test method, developed by EPA for characterizing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from inte-rior latex and alkyd paints. Current knowledge about VOC, including haz-ardous air pollutant, emissions from in-terior paints generated...

  16. CAPSTONE REPORT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A STANDARD TEST METHOD FOR VOC EMISSIONS FROM INTERIOR LATEX AND ALKYD PAINTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    This document provides a detailed report on the small-chamber test method developed by EPA/NRMRL for characterizing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from interior latex and alkyd paints. Current knowledge about VOC, including hazardous air pollutant, emissions fr...

  17. CAPSTONE REPORT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A STANDARD TEST METHOD FOR VOC EMISSIONS FROM INTERIOR LATEX PAINT AND ALKYD PAINTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives details of a small-chamber test method developed by the EPA for characterizing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from interior latex and alkyd paints. Current knowledge about VOC, including hazardous air pollutant, emissions from interior paints generated...

  18. Composition and emissions of VOCs in main- and side-stream smoke of research cigarettes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Charles, Simone M.; Batterman, S. A.; Jia, Chunrong

    It is well known that mainstream (MS) and sidestream (SS) cigarette smoke contains a vast number of chemical substances. Previous studies have emphasized SS smoke rather than MS smoke to which smokers are exposed, and most have used chamber tests that have several disadvantages such as wall losses. Emissions from standard research cigarettes have been measured, but relatively few constituents have been reported, and only the 1R4F (low nicotine) cigarette type has been tested. This study provides a comprehensive characterization of total, MS and SS smoke emissions for the 1R5F (ultra low nicotine), 2R4F (low nicotine), and 1R3F (standard nicotine) research cigarettes research cigarettes, including emission factors for a number of toxic compounds (e.g., benzene) and tobacco smoke tracers (e.g., 2,5-dimethyl furan). Emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter (PM) are quantified using a dynamic dilution emission measurement system that is shown to produce accurate, rapid and reproducible results for over 30 VOCs and PM. SS and MS emissions were accurately apportioned based on a mass balance of total emissions. As expected, SS emissions greatly exceeded MS emissions. The ultra low nicotine cigarette had lower emissions of most VOCs compared to low and standard nicotine cigarettes, which had similar emissions. Across the three types of cigarettes, emissions of benzene (296-535 ?g cig -1), toluene (541-1003 ?g cig -1), styrene (90-162 ?g cig -1), 2-dimethyl furan (71-244 ?g cig -1), naphthalene (15-18 ?g cig -1) and other VOCs were generally comparable to or somewhat higher than literature estimates using chamber tests.

  19. CHARACTERIZATION OF LOW-VOC LATEX PAINTS: VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND CONTENT, VOC AND ALDEHYDE EMISSIONS, AND PAINT PERFORMANCE

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of laboratory tests to evaluate commercially available latex paints advertised as "low-odor," "low-VOC (volatile organic compound)," or "no-VOC." Measurements were performed to quantify the total content of VOCs in the paints...

  20. Emission characteristics of particulate, metals, and VOCs from external combustion boilers in Taiwan

    SciTech Connect

    Hsu, Y.C.; Tsai, J.H.; Lin, T.C. [National Cheng-Kung Univ., Tainan (Taiwan, Province of China)

    1998-12-31

    Recently, there has been a growing concern over the impact of HAPs emission in Taiwan also. The authors selected 32 boilers which burned simple grade-6 oil and measured the main metals, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in stack exhaust gas. Thirty two selected boiler stacks were sampled and analyzed for the concentration characteristics, emission rate, emission coefficients of particulates, fourteen metals, and seventeen VOCs. Analysis of the emission coefficients of the pollutants in these boilers shows that the emission coefficients of particulate are 0.09 {approximately} 6.53 g/L-oil, the sums of fourteen metals are 3.48 {approximately} 22.99 mg/L-oil, and the sums of seventeen VOCs are {approximately} 110 mg/L-oil. According to their vapor quantity distribution of the industrial boilers in southern Taiwan, these 32 boilers can be divided into three groups ( > 30, 10 {approximately} 30, < 10 ton/hour) by statistic analysis. It is found that the amount of the single-stack particulate emission coefficients of small boilers is 1.71 g/L-oil, which is significantly higher than others and it characterizes the intermittent operation mode and the operating parameters of boilers. In addition, average metals emission coefficients of three groups are essentially the same, because they all use the same grade 6 oil in boilers. This research shows that the factors which affect emission characteristics of the particulate and 14 heavy metals for boiler stacks not similar. To sum up, the emission characteristics of particulates are related to vapor quality of boilers; while the emission characteristics of 14 heavy metals are deeply affected by the amount of No.6 oil used. Furthermore, the result also shows that VOCs emission is not serious problem for boiler stacks.

  1. An above-canopy flux network for improving and evaluating biogenic VOC emission models: GLOBal Organic Emissions NETwork (GLOBOENET) (Invited)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Guenther, A. B.; Turnipseed, A.; Duhl, T.; Shertz, S.; Karl, T.; Monson, R.; Litvak, M. E.; Jardine, K. J.; Abrell, L.; Geron, C.; Seco, R.

    2009-12-01

    The first estimates of global total biogenic VOC emissions were reported almost 50 years ago. Observations over the following three decades were incorporated into a monthly biogenic VOC emission inventory on a 1 degree by 1 degree grid, called the GEIA natural VOC emission inventory, in the early 1990s and began to be widely used in global chemistry and transport models. Also in the 1990s, regulatory air quality modelers began to routinely include regional biogenic VOC emission inventories using procedures such as BEIS/BEIS2/BEIS3. These approaches are still used today although there have been advances in the past two decades that have improved our understanding of the processes controlling biogenic VOC emissions. Current models, including the Model of Emissions of Gases and Aerosols from Nature (MEGAN), have integrated some of this information and are being incorporated as on-line components of coupled models. A major limitation in the advancement and evaluation of these models is the lack of suitable observations from representative ecosystems. We have initiated a community activity, called GLOBOENET, to address the need for observations that can be used to improve and evaluate these models. GLOBOENET is enhancing existing flux towers, such as those participating in FLUXNET, by adding biogenic VOC flux measurements to sites that are well characterized and are already measuring fluxes of CO2, water and energy. The biogenic VOC flux measurements are made with a low-cost and low-power Relaxed Eddy Accumulation (REA) system that has been evaluated by comparison to a PTRMS eddy covariance system. This presentation will describe the GLOBOENET approach and present some initial results. This includes seasonal and interannual variations at a forested site in Colorado that demonstrates the importance of climate, phenology and stress-induced emissions. Results from additional sites in Arizona, North Carolina, Michigan and New Mexico will also be shown and a strategy for using the observations to evaluate and improve biogenic VOC emission models will be presented. Plans for extending the network with additional tower sites and with airborne flux measurements will also be discussed.

  2. Copyright (c) 2000 Water Environment Federation. All Rights Reserved. Odors and VOC Emissions 2000

    E-print Network

    Ni, Jiqin "Jee-Chin"

    Copyright (c) 2000 Water Environment Federation. All Rights Reserved. Odors and VOC Emissions 2000S) is an odorous gas produced from animal manure. It is toxic to humans and animals at high emitted from animal facilities. It is colorless but has a very pungent odor similar to rotten eggs

  3. ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY - FUGITIVE VOC EMISSIONS IN THE SYNTHETIC ORGANIC CHEMICALS MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

    EPA Science Inventory

    This 29 - page Technology Transfer Environmental Regulations and Technology publication is intended as an introduction to the Synthetic Organic Chemicals Manufacturing Industry (SOCMI) ugitive VOC emissions standards. he Clean Air Act, as amended in 1977, directed he U.S. Environ...

  4. VOC (VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS) FUGITIVE EMISSION DATA - HIGH DENSITY POLYETHYLENE PROCESS UNIT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives data from a 10-month study of volatile organic compound (VOC) fugitive emissions from a high density polyethylene process unit. It gives statistics on leak frequency, leak occurrence, and leak recurrence, with a leak defined as having a screening value equal to o...

  5. Numerical simulation of VOC Emissions from Dry Materials , J.S. Zhang2

    E-print Network

    Chen, Qingyan "Yan"

    for simulating volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from dry materials. The approach has been used, subfloors), and insulation materials (fiberglass, rigid foam) emit a variety of volatile organic compounds be achieved by pre-calculating the partition coefficient (Kma) and material age (AGE) and adjusting

  6. New observations of VOC emissions and concentrations in, above, and around the Central Valley of California

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Goldstein, A. H.; Fares, S.; Gentner, D. R.; Park, J.; Weber, R.; Ormeno, E.; Holzinger, R.; Misztal, P. K.; Karl, T. R.; Guenther, A. B.; Fischer, M. L.; Harley, R. A.; Karlik, J. F.

    2011-12-01

    Large portions of the Central Valley of California are out of compliance with current state and federal air quality standards for ozone and particulate matter, and the relative importance of biogenic and anthropogenic VOC emissions to their photochemical production in this region remains uncertain. In 2009-2011 multiple measurement campaigns were completed investigating the VOC emission inventory and concentration distributions. In 2009 BVOC emissions from more than 20 species of major agricultural crops in California were measured in a greenhouse using branch enclosures by both PTRMS and in-situ GC. Overall, crops were found to emit low amounts of BVOC compared to the natural forests surrounding the valley. Crops mainly emitted methanol and terpenes, with a broad array of other species emitted at lower levels, and all the measured crops showed negligible emissions of isoprene. Navel oranges were the largest crop BVOC emitters measured so a full year of flux measurements were made in an orange grove near Visalia in 2010 by eddy covariance(EC)-PTRMS with two multi-week periods of concentration measurements by hourly in-situ GC, and one month of high mass resolution flux measurements by EC-PTR-TOF-MS. The dominant BVOC emissions from the orange grove were methanol and terpenes, followed by acetone, acetaldehyde, and a low level of emissions for many other species. In 2011 aircraft eddy covariance measurements of BVOC fluxes were made by EC-PTRMS covering a large area of California as part of the California Airborne Bvoc Emission Research in Natural Ecosystem Transects (CABERNET) campaign aimed at improving BVOC emission models on regional scales, mainly profiling BVOC emissions from oak woodlands surrounding the Central Valley. In 2010, hourly in-situ VOC measurements were made via in-situ GC in Bakersfield, CA as part of the CalNex experiment. Additionally, in-situ measurements of fresh motor vehicle exhaust were made in Oakland's Caldecott tunnel. Measurements by in-situ GC included more than 200 anthropogenic and biogenic VOCs with a wide range of volatilities (up to 17 carbon atoms in size) and various functional groups (e.g. aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, halogens, sulfur, & nitrogen). Finally, in 2011 vertical profiles of VOC were made at 5 heights on a communication tower at Walnut Grove (~20 miles south of Sacramento) from 30' to 1550' by PTRMS. Results from all of these studies combined provide a novel overview of the distribution of VOC emissions and concentrations in, around, and above the Central Valley of California.

  7. Eddy covariance VOC emission and deposition fluxes above grassland using PTR-TOF

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ruuskanen, T. M.; Müller, M.; Schnitzhofer, R.; Karl, T.; Graus, M.; Bamberger, I.; Hörtnagl, L.; Brilli, F.; Wohlfahrt, G.; Hansel, A.

    2011-01-01

    Eddy covariance (EC) is the preferable technique for flux measurements since it is the only direct flux determination method. It requires a continuum of high time resolution measurements (e.g. 5-20 Hz). For volatile organic compounds (VOC) soft ionization via proton transfer reaction has proven to be a quantitative method for real time mass spectrometry; here we use a proton transfer reaction time of flight mass spectrometer (PTR-TOF) for 10 Hz EC measurements of full mass spectra up to m/z 315. The mass resolution of the PTR-TOF enabled the identification of chemical formulas and separation of oxygenated and hydrocarbon species exhibiting the same nominal mass. We determined 481 ion mass peaks from ambient air concentration above a managed, temperate mountain grassland in Neustift, Stubai Valley, Austria. During harvesting we found significant fluxes of 18 compounds distributed over 43 ions, including protonated parent compounds, as well as their isotopes and fragments and VOC-H+ - water clusters. The dominant BVOC fluxes were methanol, acetaldehyde, ethanol, hexenal and other C6 leaf wound compounds, acetone, acetic acid, monoterpenes and sequiterpenes. The smallest reliable fluxes we determined were less than 0.1 nmol m-2 s-1, as in the case of sesquiterpene emissions from freshly cut grass. Terpenoids, including mono- and sesquiterpenes, were also deposited to the grassland before and after the harvesting. During cutting, total VOC emission fluxes up to 200 nmolC m-2 s-1 were measured. Methanol emissions accounted for half of the emissions of oxygenated VOCs and a third of the carbon of all measured VOC emissions during harvesting.

  8. VOC Emission and Deposition Eddy Covariance Fluxes above Grassland using PTR-TOF

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ruuskanen, T. M.; Müller, M.; Schnitzhofer, R.; Karl, T.; Graus, M.; Bamberger, I.; Hörtnagl, L.; Brilli, F.; Wohlfahrt, G.; Hansel, A.

    2010-12-01

    Eddy covariance (EC) is the preferable technique for flux measurements since it is the only direct flux determination method. It requires a continuum of high time resolution measurements (e.g. 5-20 Hz). For volatile organic compounds (VOC) soft ionization via proton transfer reaction has proven to be a quantitative method for real time mass spectrometry; here we use a proton transfer reaction time of flight mass spectrometer (PTR-TOF) for 10 Hz EC measurements of full mass spectra up to m/z 315. The mass resolution of the PTR-TOF enabled the identification of chemical formulas and separation of oxygenated and hydrocarbon species exhibiting the same nominal mass. We determined 481 ion mass peaks from ambient air concentration above a managed, temperate mountain grassland in Neustift, Stubai Valley, Austria. During harvesting we found significant fluxes of 18 compounds distributed over 43 ions, including protonated parent compounds, as well as their isotopes and fragments and VOC-H+ - water clusters. The dominant BVOC fluxes were methanol, acetaldehyde, ethanol, hexenal and other C6 leaf wound compounds, acetone, acetic acid, monoterpenes and sequiterpenes. The smallest reliable fluxes we determined were less than 0.1 nmol m-2 s-1, as in the case of sesquiterpene emissions from freshly cut grass. Terpenoids, including mono- and sesquiterpenes, were also deposited to the grassland before and after the harvesting. During cutting, total VOC emission fluxes up to 200 nmolC m-2 s-1 were measured. Methanol emissions accounted for half of the emissions of oxygenated VOCs and a third of the carbon of all measured VOC emissions during harvesting.

  9. Eddy covariance VOC emission and deposition fluxes above grassland using PTR-TOF

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ruuskanen, T. M.; Müller, M.; Schnitzhofer, R.; Karl, T.; Graus, M.; Bamberger, I.; Hörtnagl, L.; Brilli, F.; Wohlfahrt, G.; Hansel, A.

    2010-09-01

    Eddy covariance (EC) is the preferable technique for flux measurements since it is the only direct flux determination method. It requires a continuum of high time resolution measurements (e.g. 5-20 Hz). For volatile organic compounds (VOC) soft ionization via proton transfer reaction has proven to be a quantitative method for real time mass spectrometry; here we use a proton transfer reaction time of flight mass spectrometer (PTR-TOF) for 10 Hz EC measurements of full mass spectra up to m/z 315. The mass resolution of the PTR-TOF enabled the identification of chemical formulas and separation of oxygenated and hydrocarbon species exhibiting the same nominal mass. We determined 481 ion mass peaks from ambient air concentration above a managed, temperate mountain grassland in Neustift, Stubai Valley, Austria. During harvesting we found significant fluxes of 18 compounds distributed over 43 ions, including protonated parent compounds, as well as their isotopes and fragments and VOC-H+-water clusters. The dominant BVOC fluxes were methanol, acetaldehyde, ethanol, hexenal and other C6 leaf wound compounds, acetone, acetic acid, monoterpenes and sequiterpenes. The smallest reliable fluxes we determined were less than 0.1 nmol m-2 s-1, as in the case of sesquiterpene emissions from freshly cut grass. Terpenoids, including mono- and sesquiterpenes, were also deposited to the grassland before and after the harvesting. During cutting, total VOC emission fluxes up to 200 nmol C m-2 s-1 were measured. Methanol emissions accounted for half of the emissions of oxygenated VOCs and a third of the carbon of all measured VOC emissions during harvesting.

  10. Impacts of simulated herbivory on VOC emission profiles from coniferous plants

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Faiola, C. L.; Jobson, B. T.; VanReken, T. M.

    2014-09-01

    The largest global source of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the atmosphere is from biogenic emissions. Plant stressors associated with a changing environment can alter both the quantity and composition of the compounds that are emitted. This study investigated the effects of one global change stressor, increased herbivory, on plant emissions from five different coniferous species: bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata), blue spruce (Picea pungens), western redcedar (Thuja plicata), grand fir (Abies grandis), and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsugas menziesii). Herbivory was simulated in the laboratory via exogenous application of methyl jasmonate, an herbivory proxy. Gas-phase species were measured continuously with a gas chromatograph coupled to a mass spectrometer and flame ionization detector (GC-MS-FID). Stress responses varied between the different plant types and even between experiments using the same set of saplings. The compounds most frequently impacted by the stress treatment were alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, 1,8-cineol, beta-myrcene, terpinolene, limonene, and the cymene isomers. Individual compounds within a single experiment often exhibited a different response to the treatment from one another.

  11. VOC PREVENTION OPTIONS FOR SURFACE COATING

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper discusses some of the volatile organic compound (VOC) prevention options for surface coating. Most small surface coating industries are considered to be stationary area sources. Although stationary area sources may account for as much as 50% of national VOC emissions, t...

  12. Challenges in using flux chambers to measure ammonia and VOC emissions from open feedlot pen surfaces and retention ponds

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Few methodologies currently available to estimate ammonia and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from livestock operations have been adequately validated for accuracy. Flow-through flux chambers and wind tunnels are sometimes used; however, ammonia and VOC flux from pen or pond surfaces are a...

  13. Needle removal by pine sawfly larvae increases branch-level VOC emissions and reduces below-ground emissions of Scots pine.

    PubMed

    Ghimire, Rajendra P; Markkanen, Juha M; Kivimäenpää, Minna; Lyytikäinen-Saarenmaa, Päivi; Holopainen, Jarmo K

    2013-05-01

    Climate warming is expected to increase the frequency of insect outbreaks in Boreal conifer forests. We evaluated how needle removal by the larvae of two diprionid sawfly species affects the composition and quantity of VOC emissions from Pinus sylvestris L. saplings. Feeding damage significantly increased the rate of localized VOC emissions from the damaged branch. The emissions of total monoterpenes (MTs) were dominating (96-98% of total VOCs) and increased by14-fold in Neodiprion sertifer-damaged branches and by 16-fold in Diprion pini-damaged branches compared to intact branches. Emissions of ?-3-carene, ?-pinene, sabinene, and ?-phellandrene were most responsive. Feeding damage by N. sertifer larvae increased the emission rates of total sesquiterpenes by 7-fold (4% of total VOCs) and total green leaf volatiles by 13-fold (<1% of total VOCs). The VOC emissions from N. sertifer larvae constituted nearly 25% of the total branch emissions. N. sertifer feeding in the lower branches induced 4-fold increase in MT emissions in the top crown. Defoliation of Scots pine by D. pini significantly reduced the below-ground emissions of total MTs by approximately 80%. We conclude that defoliators could significantly increase total VOC emissions from the Scots pine canopy including MT emissions from resin storing sawfly larvae. PMID:23586621

  14. Source apportionment of VOCs and aerosols at Cap Corsica during the ChArMEx field campaign

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sauvage, Stephane; Michoud, Vincent; Dusanter, Sébastien; Leonardis, Thierry; Sciare, Jean; Marchand, Nicolas; Langley DeWitt, Helen; Locoge, Nadine

    2015-04-01

    Models of atmospheric chemistry suggest that aged anthropogenic air masses still contain significant levels of reactive trace gases such as mono- and multi-functional oxygenated Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), even after several days of oxidation. These air masses can significantly impact the oxidative capacity and the formation rate of secondary pollutants, especially of Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA), at remote locations. However, large uncertainties still remain about chemical processes occurring during long range transport that lead to the oxidation of anthropogenic pollutants. An extended suite of trace gases and aerosols was acquired as part of the 2013 ChArMEx field campaign at a remote site in Cape Corsica, a receptor site experiencing events of long range transport of anthropogenic plumes from different urbanized areas (south of France, Spain, Italy, North of Africa). In this presentation, the VOC dataset is used to provide a better description of VOC sources at this remote site, as well as a better understanding of chemical processes occurring during long range transport of anthropogenic plumes. We will present a source apportionment of primary and secondary VOCs based on an analysis of time series and air mass trajectories. We will also present the results from a Concentration Field (CF) analysis to identify potential source areas influencing the receptor site. Finally, a Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF) analysis will be presented to highlight co-variation factors of the measured species that are representative of primary emissions, but also of physico-chemical transformations occurring during long range transport. These results provide relevant information to study chemical processes occurring in different types of plumes transported over the Mediterranean basin and to investigate gas-aerosol coupling.

  15. Variation in isoprene emission from Quercus rubra: Sources, causes, and consequences for estimating fluxes

    E-print Network

    2004; published 17 February 2005. [1] Isoprene is the dominant volatile organic compound produced volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by plants that substantially influence atmospheric chemistry isoprene emission. This study applied a variance partitioning approach to identify the major sources

  16. Derived Emission Rates and Photochemical Production Rates of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) Associated with Oil and Natural Gas Operations in the Uintah Basin, UT During a Wintertime Ozone Formation Event

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Koss, A.; De Gouw, J. A.; Warneke, C.; Gilman, J.; Lerner, B. M.; Graus, M.; Yuan, B.; Edwards, P. M.; Brown, S. S.; Wild, R. J.; Roberts, J. M.; Bates, T. S.; Quinn, P.

    2014-12-01

    The Uintah Basin, an oil and natural gas extraction field in Utah, experienced extremely high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ozone during the winter of 2013 - up to 100 ppmv carbon and 150 ppbv O3. Here we interpret VOCs measured during an ozone formation event from 31 Jan 2013 to 8 Feb 2013. Ratios of VOCs show strong diurnal cycles and week-long trends. A simple analysis was applied to ratios of aromatic VOCs measured by proton transfer reaction mass spectrometer (PTR-MS) to explain these trends and to estimate emission rates of aromatic VOCs from oil and natural gas extraction, VOC emission ratios relative to benzene, and ambient [OH]. The analysis incorporates the following assumptions: (1) the source composition of emitted VOCs and their emission rates were temporally and spatially constant, and (2) the removal of VOCs was governed by reaction with OH, diurnal profile of which is constrained by measured photolysis rates. The main findings are (1) the emission rate of methane, extrapolated from the emission rate of benzene, is on the same order as an independent estimate from aircraft measurements of methane in 2012, (2) the derived aromatic emission ratios are consistent with source contributions from both oil and gas producing wells, and (3) calculated daily OH concentrations are low, peaking at 1x106 molecules cm-3. The analysis was extended to investigate secondary production of oxygenated VOCs measured by PTR-MS. The analysis is able to explain daytime production, but it does not adequately explain nighttime behavior, which may be affected by complex deposition to snow and ice surfaces. The relative carbon mass of primary and secondary compounds was calculated and compared to observations. At the end of the ozone formation event (day 6), our analysis predicts that secondary (oxidized) VOCs should comprise about 40% of total carbon mass. However, only 12% of these compounds are accounted for by measured oxygenated VOCs and organic aerosol. Additionally, formation rates of measured oxygenated VOCs did not sum to the total primary compound oxidation rate. The disparity is likely due to both incomplete measurements of oxygenated products and VOC loss to deposition.

  17. A mechanistic model for estimating VOC emissions from industrial process drains. Part 2: The water seal

    SciTech Connect

    Olson, D.A.; Stubbe, J.K.; Corsi, R.L.

    2000-03-31

    This paper deals with the second of a two-zone model developed for estimation of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from industrial process drains. Zone 2 consists of the trap volume in a sealed drain, where emissions were found to be affected by air entrainment and volatilization at the surface of the water seal. Emissions via bubble entrainment were influenced by the air entrainment rate and degree of chemical equilibrium (saturation). Each of these factors was correlated with process flowrate for both intact and disintegrated flow regimes. Entrained air bubbles were observed to approach a condition of chemical equilibrium exponentially with decreasing Henry's law constant.

  18. Importance of Biotic vs Abiotic Controls on VOC Emissions from Ponderosa Pine

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Eller, A. S.; Harley, P. C.; Monson, R. K.

    2011-12-01

    The emissions of VOCs, including monoterpenes (MTs) and 2-methyl-3-buten-2-ol (MBO), from ponderosa pine can be important contributors to the regional production of ozone and secondary organic aerosols in the Western United States. The goal of this study was to better characterize the influences of biotic and abiotic factors on the emissions of these compounds. Using PTR-MS coupled with measurements of photosynthesis and stomatal conductance (gs) we generated light and temperature curves from intact needles of mature ponderosa pine trees and used abscisic acid (ABA) to reduce gs and photosynthesis under constant light and temperature conditions. Stomatal conductance and photosynthesis were almost perfectly correlated during all our measurements, so we were unable to separate their influences. We found that increasing temperature by 10 oC increased emissions of both MTs and MBO by 80-120% even though gs and photosynthesis were reduced by ~50%. Light curves performed at 30 oC showed that gs and photosynthesis exhibited a strong control over MT and MBO emissions although the effect was more pronounced for MBO than MT emissions. In most cases a 60% reduction in gs and photosynthesis caused a ~50% reduction in MBO emissions and a 5-20% reduction in MT emissions. Using ABA we were able to induce stomatal closure while maintaining a constant light and temperature environment and we found that stomatal closure due to ABA caused declines in MT and MBO emissions that were similar in magnitude to those seen in the light curves. When compared at the same light and temperature conditions, individuals with lower gs and photosynthesis did not necessarily have lower emissions than those with higher gs and photosynthesis, indicating that gs and photosynthesis may not be good predictors of emissions between individuals, but within each individual the instantaneous changes in gs and photosynthesis did appear to exert control over the emissions of VOCs. These data show that plant physiology is an important constraint in regulating the instantaneous emissions of VOCs, but also that the relationships are modified by external temperature, probably through the increased volatility of the VOCs.

  19. Emissions and photochemistry of oxygenated VOCs in urban plumes in the Northeastern United States

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sommariva, R.; de Gouw, J. A.; Trainer, M.; Atlas, E.; Goldan, P. D.; Kuster, W. C.; Warneke, C.; Fehsenfeld, F. C.

    2008-06-01

    Photochemical processes inside urban plumes in the Northeast of the United States have been studied using a highly detailed chemical model, based upon the Master Chemical Mechanism (MCM). The model results have been compared to measurements of oxygenated VOCs (acetone, methyl ethyl ketone, acetaldehyde, acetic acid and methanol) obtained during several flights of the NOAA WP-3D aircraft, which sampled plumes from the New York City area during the ICARTT campaign in 2004. The agreement between the model and the measurements was within 40 60% for all species, except acetic acid. The model results have been used to study the formation and photochemical evolution of acetone, methyl ethyl ketone and acetaldehyde. Under the conditions encountered during the ICARTT campaign, acetone is produced from the oxidation of propane (24 28%) and i-propanol (<15%) and from a number of products of i-pentane oxidation. Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is mostly produced from the oxidation of n-butane (20 30%) and 3-methylpentane (<40%). Acetaldehyde is formed from several precursors, mostly small alkenes, >C5 alkanes, propanal and MEK. Ethane and ethanol oxidation account, respectively, for 6 23% and 5 25% of acetaldehyde photochemical formation. The results highlight the importance of long-chain alkanes for the photochemical production of ketones and the role of hydroperoxides in sustaining their formation far from the emission sources.

  20. Field emission electron source

    DOEpatents

    Zettl, Alexander Karlwalter (Kensington, CA); Cohen, Marvin Lou (Berkeley, CA)

    2000-01-01

    A novel field emitter material, field emission electron source, and commercially feasible fabrication method is described. The inventive field emission electron source produces reliable electron currents of up to 400 mA/cm.sup.2 at 200 volts. The emitter is robust and the current it produces is not sensitive to variability of vacuum or the distance between the emitter tip and the cathode. The novel emitter has a sharp turn-on near 100 volts.

  1. EXPERIMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF NON-THERMAL PLASMA TECHNIQUES FOR REMOVAL OF PAPER INDUSTRY VOC EMISSIONS

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Mario G. Sobacchi; Alexei V. Saveliev; Alexander A Fridman; Alexander Gutsol; Lawrence A. Kennedy

    The experimental assessment of non-thermal plasma techniques for treating of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions from the paper industry was performed. Two types of non-thermal discharges were tested: non-equilibrium gliding arc discharge and pulsed streamer corona discharge. For the compounds of interest in this study (methanol, acetone, dimethyl sulfide and ? -pinene), high removal efficiencies were obtained with power levels

  2. Emission characteristics of VOCs from three fixed-roof p-xylene liquid storage tanks.

    PubMed

    Lu, Chungsying; Huang, Hsiaoyun; Chang, Shenteng; Hsu, Shihchieh

    2013-08-01

    This study evaluates emission characteristics of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) caused by standing loss (L S) and working loss (L W) of three vertical fixed-roof p-xylene (p-X) liquid tanks during 1-year storage and filling operation. The annual net throughput of the tanks reached 70,446 t, resulting in 9,425 kg of p-X vapor emission including 5,046 kg of L S (53.54 %) and 4,379 kg of L W (46.46 %). The estimated L W of AP-42 displayed better agreement with the measured values of a VOC detector than the estimated L S of AP-42. The L S was best correlated with the liquid height of the tanks, while the L W was best correlated with the net throughput of the tanks. As a result, decreasing vapor space volume of the tanks and avoiding high net throughput of the tanks in a high ambient temperature period were considered as effective means to lessen VOC emission from the fixed-roof organic liquid storage tank. PMID:23307101

  3. APPORTIONMENT OF RESIDENTIAL INDOOR AEROSOL, VOC, AND ALDEHYDE SPECIES TO INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SOURCES, AND THEIR SOURCE STRENGTHS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The average concentrations of forty-five fine particle aerosol, VOC and aldehyde species measured in ten Boise ID residences in wintertime have been apportioned according to their contributions from all inside sources and all outside sources. he method depends on the availability...

  4. Source Contributions to VOC's to Ozone Formation in Southeast Texas Using a Source-oriented Air Quality Model 

    E-print Network

    Krishnan, Anupama

    2011-08-08

    Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area is in severe non-attainment status for ozone compliance. Source-oriented mechanistic modeling was used to determine the major sources of VOCs that contributes to ozone formation during the Texas Air Quality Study (Tex...

  5. Volatile organic compounds in the Pearl River Delta: Identification of source regions and recommendations for emission-oriented monitoring strategies

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yuan, Zibing; Zhong, Liuju; Lau, Alexis Kai Hon; Yu, Jian Zhen; Louie, Peter K. K.

    2013-09-01

    For the purpose of systematically characterizing the ambient volatile organic compound (VOC) levels and their emission sources in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) of China, a grid study with VOC samples simultaneously taken at 84 sites over the PRD was conducted in summer and winter of 2008 and 2009. Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF) model was applied to identify the major VOC contributing sources and their temporal and spatial variations. Nine sources were identified, with gasoline exhaust, industrial emission and LPG leakage & propellant emission the top three significant sources. They accounted for 23%, 16% and 13% of the ambient VOC levels, respectively. Control measures should be therefore targeted on mitigating the VOC emissions from the traffic-related and industrial-related sources. The total VOC level did not show strong increase from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. during all the four sampling campaigns, which may result from stronger wind and higher mixing height at 10 a.m. Three hotspot areas with significant VOC contributions were identified by source apportionment analysis: (1) the Pearl River Estuary; (2) an area from Central Dongguan to North Shenzhen; and (3) the Zhuhai-Zhongshan-Jiangmen area. For better characterizing the roles of VOC and NOx in producing the secondary pollutants and to identify specific sources emitting excessive concentrations of precursors, the emission-oriented Photochemical Assessment Monitoring Station (PAMS) network is recommended to be established in the PRD. Three PAMS networks are suggested in correspondence to the three identified hotspot areas.

  6. The Amazonian Floodplains, an ecotype with challenging questions on volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kesselmeier, J.

    2012-12-01

    Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions are affected by a variety of biotic and abiotic factors such as light intensity, temperature, CO2 and drought. Another factor usually overlooked but very important for the tropical rainforest in Amazonia is regular flooding. According to recent estimates, the total Amazonian floodplain area easily ranges up to 700,000 km^2, including whitewater river floodplains (várzea) blackwater regions (igapó) and further clearwater regions. Regarding the total Amazonian wetlands the area sums up to more than 2.000.000 km^2, i.e. 30% of Amazonia. To survive the flooding periods causing anoxic conditions for the root system of up to several months, vegetation has developed several morphological, anatomical and physiological strategies. One is to switch over the root metabolism to fermentation, thus producing ethanol as one of the main products. Ethanol is a toxic metabolite which is transported into the leaves by the transpiration stream. From there it can either be directly emitted into the atmosphere, or can be re-metabolized to acetaldehyde and/or acetate. All of these compounds are volatile enough to be partly released into the atmosphere. We observed emissions of ethanol, acetaldehyde and acetic acid under root anoxia. Furthermore, plant stress induced by flooding also affected leaf primary physiological processes as well as other VOC emissions such as the release of isoprenoids and other volatiles. For example, Hevea spruceana could be identified as a monoterpene emitting tree species behaving differently upon anoxia depending on the origin, with increasing emissions of the species from igapó and decreasing with the corresponding species from várzea. Contrasting such short term inundations, studies of VOC emissions under long term conditions (2-3 months) did not confirm the ethanol/acetaldehyde emissions, whereas emissions of other VOC species decreased considerably. These results demonstrate that the transfer of our knowledge based on short-term experiments is risky being transferred to an ecotype which is governed under natural conditions by long term flooding. Furthermore, contrasting such experiments with usually young trees (saplings or a few years old) nothing is known about the emission behavior of adult trees under field conditions.

  7. BTEX and other VOC emissions from a natural gas amine treater. Topical report, February 1996

    SciTech Connect

    Skinner, F.D.; Reif, D.L.; Wilson, A.C.

    1996-02-01

    The report presents the results of a laboratory and field study conducted under Gas Research Institute (GRI) sponsorship to measure the pickup and distribution of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) and other volatile organic compounds (VOC) to the various internal process and emssion streams in a commercial amine treater used to remove acid gas compounds (primarily hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide) from natural gas. A laboratory study was conducted to evaluate an analytical technique for quantifying in diethanolamine (DEA) solutions. The accuracy and precision of the technique as well a method detection limit study were carried out. In the field study, samples of the inlet natural gas, flash gas, and regenerator vent gas, lean amine, and rich amine from various locations downstream of the absorber were collected and analyzed. The results were used to determine regenerator vent emission rates and the distribution of BTEX and other VOC around the flash tank.

  8. On-road emission characteristics of VOCs from rural vehicles and their ozone formation potential in Beijing, China

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yao, Zhiliang; Wu, Bobo; Shen, Xianbao; Cao, Xinyue; Jiang, Xi; Ye, Yu; He, Kebin

    2015-03-01

    This paper is the second in a series of papers aimed at understanding volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from motor vehicles in Beijing using on-board emission measurements, focusing specifically on rural vehicles (RVs). In this work, 13 RVs, including 6 different 3-wheel (3-W) RVs and 7 different 4-wheel (4-W) RVs, were examined using a portable emissions measurement system (PEMS) as the vehicles were driven on predesigned fixed test routes in rural areas of Beijing. Overall, 50 VOC species were quantified in this study, including 18 alkanes, 5 alkenes, 11 aromatics, 13 carbonyls and 3 other compounds. The average emission factor (EF) of the total VOCs for the 4-W RVs based on the distance traveled was 326.2 ± 129.3 mg/km, which is 2.5 times greater than that of the 3-W RVs. However, the VOC emissions for the 3-W RVs had higher EFs based on their CO2 emissions due to the different fuel economies of the two types of RVs. Formaldehyde, toluene, acetaldehyde, m-xylene, p-xylene, isopentane, benzene, ethylbenzene, n-pentane, 2-methoxy-2-methylpropane and butenal were the dominant VOC species from the RVs, accounting for an average of 68.6% of the total VOC emissions. Overall, the RVs had high proportions of aromatics and carbonyls. The ozone formation potentials (OFPs) were 670.6 ± 227.2 and 1454.1 ± 643.0 mg O3/km for the 3-W and 4-W RVs, respectively, and approximately 60%-70% of the OFP resulted from carbonyls. We estimated that the 3-W and 4-W RVs accounted for approximately 50% and 10%, respectively, of the total OFP caused by diesel vehicles (including diesel trucks and RVs) in Beijing in 2012. Thus, more attention should be given to VOC emissions and their impact on ozone formation.

  9. Modelling VOC source impacts on high ozone episode days observed at a mountain summit in Hong Kong under the influence of mountain-valley breezes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lam, S. H. M.; Saunders, S. M.; Guo, H.; Ling, Z. H.; Jiang, F.; Wang, X. M.; Wang, T. J.

    2013-12-01

    A top-down approach to evaluate high ozone (O3) formation, attributed to different emission sources, is developed for anti-cyclonic conditions in a region of Hong Kong influenced by meso-scale circulations. A near-explicit photochemical model coupled with the Master Chemical Mechanism (MCMv3.2) is used to investigate the chemical characteristics in the region. Important features have been enhanced in this model including the photolysis rates, simulated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Tropospheric Ultraviolet and Visible (TUV) Radiation Model, as well as hourly variation of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) concentration input from on-site sampling. In general, the combined model gives a reasonably good representation of high O3 levels in the region. The model successfully captured a multi-day O3 event in the autumn of 2010. Source apportionment via Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF) was carried out on the sampled VOC data, to determine the major sources in the region. Based on the outcomes of the PMF source apportionment, a sensitivity analysis using the developed photochemical model was conducted and used to estimate O3 reduction under different source removal regimes. Results indicate that vehicular emissions are the dominant VOC source contributing to O3 formation. This study has demonstrated a potentially efficient secondary pollutants control methodology, using a combined field measurements and modelling approach.

  10. COST EFFECTIVE VOC EMISSION CONTROL STARTEGIES FOR MILITARY, AEROSPACE,AND INDUSTRIAL PAINT SPRAY BOOTH OPERATIONS: COMBINING IMPROVED VENTILATION SYSTEMS WITH INNOVATIVE, LOW COST EMISSION CONTROL TECHNOLOGIES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper describes a full-scale demonstration program in which several paint booths were modified for recirculation ventilation; the booth exhaust streams are vented to an innovative volatile organic compound (VOC) emission control system having extremely low operating costs. ...

  11. Characterization of VOC Sources during the Texas Air Quality Study 2000 Using Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Karl, T.; Jobson, T.; William, K.; Williams, E.; Stutz, J.; Goldan, P.; Fall, R.; Fehsenfeld, F.; Lindinger, W.

    2002-12-01

    We used Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) for continuous real-time monitoring of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at a site near the Houston Ship Channel during the Texas Air Quality Study 2000. Anthropogenic aromatics, alkenes, methanol, acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, acetone/propanal, a C7-Ketone, HCN and acrylonitrile were the most prominent compounds observed. Propene was the most abundant light-weight hydrocarbon detected by this technique, and was highly correlated with its oxidation products, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, with typical propene-acetaldehyde ratios close to 1 in propene-dominated plumes. In the case of aromatic species the high time resolution of the obtained dataset helped in identifying different anthropogenic sources (e.g. industrial from urban emissions) and testing current emission inventories. In addition, a comparison with results from complimentary techniques (gas chromatography, differential optical absorption spectroscopy) was used to assess the selectivity of this on-line technique in a complex urban and industrial VOC matrix and give an interpretation of mass scans obtained by `soft' chemical ionization using proton-transfer via H3O+.

  12. Reduction of VOC emissions from metal dip coating applications -- Canam Steel Corporation Point of Rocks, MD case study

    SciTech Connect

    Monfet, J.P. [Canam Manac Group, Inc., Boucherville, Quebec (Canada)

    1997-12-31

    The reduction of VOC emissions from metal dip coating applications is not an environmental constraint, it is an economic opportunity. This case study shows how the industry can reap economic benefits from VOC reductions while improving air quality. The Canam Steel Corporation plant located in Point of Rocks, MD operates dip tanks for primer application on fabricated steel joists and joist girders. This process is presently subject to a regulation that limits the paint VOC content to 3.5 pounds per gallon of coating less water. As a result of the high paint viscosity associated with that regulation, the paint thickness of the dipped steel is thicker than the customers` specifications. Most of the VOC emissions can therefore be associated with the excess of paint applied to the products rather than to the required thickness of the coating. The higher paint usage rate has more than environmental consequences, it increases the cost of the applied coating. The project is to reduce the paint usage by controlling the viscosity of the coating in the tank. Experimental results as well as actual mass balance calculations show that using a higher VOC content paint would reduce the overall VOC emissions. The author explained the project to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Air and Radiation Management Administration. First, the MDE agreed to develop a new RACT determination for fabricated steel dipping operations. The new regulation would limit the amount of VOC than can be emitted to dip coat a ton of fabricated steel. Second, the MDE agreed to allow experimentation of the higher VOC content paint as a pilot project for the new regulation. This paper demonstrates the need for a RACT determination specific to fabricated steel dipping operations.

  13. A MECHANISTIC MODEL FOR ESTIMATING VOC EMISSIONS FROM INDUSTRIAL PROCESS DRAINS PART I: THE UNDERLYING CHANNEL. (R823335)

    EPA Science Inventory

    Recent research has indicated the potential for emissions of volatile organic compound (VOCs) from industrial process drains, and a need for better understanding of the mass transfer kinetics associated with such emissions. rn this study, a two-zone model was developed in a...

  14. First Airborne PTR-ToF-MS Measurements of VOCs in a Biomass Burning Plume: Primary Emissions and Aging

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Müller, Markus; Eichler, Philipp; Mikoviny, Tomas; Beyersdorf, Andreas J.; Crawford, James H.; Diskin, Glenn S.; Yang, Melissa; Yokelson, Robert; Weinheimer, Andrew; Fried, Alan; Wisthaler, Armin

    2015-04-01

    The NASA DISCOVER-AQ mission saw the first airborne deployment of a Proton-Transfer-Reaction Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (PTR-ToF-MS). The newly developed instrument records full mass spectra at 10 Hz and resolves pure hydrocarbons from their oxygenated isobars (e.g. isoprene and furan). Airborne measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at high spatio-temporal resolution (0.1 s or 10 m) improve our capabilities in characterizing primary emissions from fires and in studying chemical transformations in aging plumes. A biomass-burning plume from a forest understory fire was intercepted by the NASA P-3B near Dublin, GA, USA on September 29, 2013. VOCs were measured at high time resolution along with CO, CO2, NOx, O3, HCHO, aerosols and other air quality and meteorological parameters. Repeated measurements in the immediate proximity of the fire were used to determine VOC emission ratios and their temporal variations. Repeated longitudinal and transversal plume transects were carried out to study plume aging within the first hour of emission. We will discuss the observed OH-NOx-VOC chemistry (including O3 formation), the observed changes in the elemental composition of VOCs (e.g. O:C ratios) and the observed formation of SOA.

  15. LOW-VOC COATINGS FOR AUTOMOBILE REFINISHING USING NOVEL POLYMER RESINS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Coating operations release a significant portion of the non-mobile source, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. The U.S. EPA's Emissions Characterization and Prevention Branch has formulated novel low-VOC coatings for the automotive refinishing sector that reduce VOC l...

  16. Specification of Biogenic VOC Emission Data in the Coupled System of Regional Climate and Atmospheric Chemistry/Aerosols Model

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zemankova, K.; Huszar, P.

    2009-12-01

    Coupling of regional climate model RegCM (Pal et al., 2007) and atmospheric chemistry/aerosols model CAMx (Environ, 2006) is being developed at our department under the CECILIA project (EC 6th FP) with the aim to study climate forcing due to atmospheric chemistry/aerosols on regional scale. Regional climate model RegCM with the resolution of 10 km drives transport, chemistry and dry/wet deposition of the CAMx model being operated on the Central and Eastern European domain and consequently the radiative active agents from the CAMx model enter the radiative transfer schemes for the calculation of heating rate changes in the regional climate model. In order to increase the accuracy of land cover data in this model system, a new input dataset has been prepared and used for the calculation of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from natural sources. This dataset is mainly based on the single tree species database from the european project of JRC in Ispra - Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Uses in Europe (AFOLU) which covers most of the model domain. For the locations where AFOLU data were not available, i.e. basically non-EU areas, the USGS Eurasia land cover database has been used. Both databases are available in 1 km resolution. Emission factors for new land cover categories were obtained either from the laboratory measurements or from the literature. The Guenther et al. (1995) model algorithm has been used for the calculation of biogenic VOC (BVOC) emission fluxes. Effects of new land cover and BVOC emission data on the CAMx model simulations of low level ozone in the year 2000 have been studied. Improvement of model results when compared with the measured data may be seen, especially in the simulation of extreme values such as ozone summer maxima. References: - ENVIRON Corp., 2006. CAMx User’s Guide, version 4.40 - Guenther A., Hewitt N., Erickson D., Fall R., Geron Ch., Graedel T., Harley P., Klinger L., Lerdau M., McKay W. A., Pierce T., Scholes B., Steinbrecher R., Tallamraju R., Taylor J., Zimmerman P., 1995. Global model of natural organic compound emissions. J. Geophys. Res. 100, 8873-8892. - Pal, J. S., Giorgi, F., Bi, X., Elguindi, N., Solomon, F., Gao, X., Rauscher, S. A., Francisco, R., Zakey, A., Winter, J., Ashfaq, M., Syed, F. S., Bell, J. L., Diffenbaugh, N. S., Karmacharya, J., Konare, A., Martinez, D., da Rocha, R. P., Sloan, L. C., and Steiner, A. L., 2007. Regional climate modeling for the developing world: The ICTP RegCM3 and RegCNET, B. Am. Meteor. Soc., 88, 1395-1409.

  17. Characterization of VOCs Across Pennsylvania: Assessing Emissions from Rural, Forested, Agricultural and Natural Gas Drilling-Impacted Areas

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Grannas, A. M.; Fuentes, J. D.; Ramos-Garcés, F.; Wang, D. K.; Martins, D. K.

    2012-12-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) of both biogenic and anthropogenic origin are important to troposphere chemistry, particularly the formation of photochemical smog and secondary organic aerosol. There is concern that increased natural gas exploration may lead to increased emissions of certain VOCs during well development and due to fugitive emissions from operational well sites and pipelines. For a six-day period in June 2012, a variety of VOCs were measured using canister sampling from a mobile measurement platform. Transects from southwestern to northeastern Pennsylvania were studied, with samples obtained in rural, forested, urban, farm-impacted and gas well-impacted sites. As expected, biogenic VOCs and isoprene oxidation products were enhanced in forested regions, while anthropogenic non-methane hydrocarbons were enhanced in urban areas. BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes) was enhanced in urban areas, but the concentrations of BTEX measured near developing and existing natural gas sites were similar to rural and forested sites. Halogenated hydrocarbons and Freon compounds were consistent at all site locations. We will discuss the specific concentrations and signatures of these compounds and assess the potential impact of agricultural activities and gas well development on the observed VOC concentrations and variability.

  18. Reduction of VOC emission from natural flours filled biodegradable bio-composites for automobile interior.

    PubMed

    Kim, Ki-Wook; Lee, Byoung-Ho; Kim, Sumin; Kim, Hyun-Joong; Yun, Ju-Ho; Yoo, Seung-Eul; Sohn, Jong Ryeul

    2011-03-15

    Various experiments, such as the thermal extract (TE) method, field and emission cell (FLEC) method and 20 L small chamber, were performed to examine the total volatile organic compound (TVOC) emissions from bio-composites. The TVOC of neat poly(lactic acid) (PLA) was ranged from 0.26 mg/m(2)h to 4.11 mg/m(2)h with increasing temperature. For both PLA bio-composites with pineapple flour and destarched cassava flour, the temperature increased from 0.30 mg/m(2)h to 3.72 mg/m(2)h and from 0.19 mg/m(2)h to 8.74 mg/m(2)h, respectively. The TVOC emission factors of all samples increased gradually with increasing temperature. Above 70°C, both PLA-P and PLA-C composites had higher TVOC emission factors than neat PLA due to the rapid emission of natural volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as furfural (2-furancarboxyaldehyde). PLA composites containing 30 wt% flour had high 1,4-dioxane reduction ability, >50%. The TVOC of poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) was emitted rapidly from 50 °C to 90 °C due to succinic acid from the pyrolysis of PBS. The TVOC emission factors of PLA bio-composite and PBS bio-composites were reduced using the bake-out method (temperature at 70 °C and baking time 5h). The initial TVOC emission factors of the PLA and PBS bio-composites with pineapple flour and destarched cassava flour were reduced by the baking treatment using FLEC. The TVOC factors from PLA and PBS decreased until 5 days and were commonly maintained a relatively constant value after 5 days using 20L small chamber. The decrease in TVOC emission showed a similar trend to that of the TE and FLEC method. This method confirmed the beneficial effect of the baking treatment effect for polypropylene and linear density polyethylene (LDPE). PMID:20739121

  19. ATLAS OF SOURCE EMISSION PARTICLES

    EPA Science Inventory

    An atlas of various source emission particles characterized by electron optical techniques has been compiled for use by air pollution investigators. The particles studied were emitted by mobile, stationary, and natural sources. Sources included automobiles, manufacturing operatio...

  20. National survey of MTBE and other VOCs in community drinking-water sources

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    Clawges, Rick M.; Rowe, Barbara L.; Zogorski, John S.

    2001-01-01

    Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) is a volatile organic compound (VOC) that is added to gasoline either seasonally or year round in many parts of the United States to increase the octane level and to reduce carbon monoxide and ozone levels in the air. The chemical properties and widespread use of MTBE can result in contamination of private and public drinking-water sources. MTBE contamination is a concern in drinking water because of the compound's low taste and odor threshold and potential human-health effects.

  1. Reduction of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emission from fossil fuel combustion by catalytic treatment of flue gases

    Microsoft Academic Search

    L. Bonfanti; F. Mirabella; M. Cioni; M. Mazzanti; S. Malloggi

    Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions from industrial combustion plants can include compounds that will probably be subjected to more and more stringent regulation in the near future. Both new fuels and advanced combustion technologies used for energy generation, in spite of the advantage they can offer for increasing combustion efficiency and minimizing some conventional pollutants or relatively heavy organic micro-pollutants,

  2. EMISSIONS OF BIOGENIC OXIDANT AND PM PRECURSORS: VERY HIGH REACTIVITY VOCS AND SURFACE LAYER CHEMISTRY ABOVE FORESTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Biogenic emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) -- chemicals emitted naturally by the green foliage of a forest, for example -- have been repeatedly shown to be important contributors to ozone pollution levels in many parts of the country. Recently, both the National Rese...

  3. Emission characteristics of VOCs emitted from consumer and commercial products and their ozone formation potential.

    PubMed

    Dinh, Trieu-Vuong; Kim, Su-Yeon; Son, Youn-Suk; Choi, In-Young; Park, Seong-Ryong; Sunwoo, Young; Kim, Jo-Chun

    2015-06-01

    The characteristics of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from several consumer and commercial products (body wash, dishwashing detergent, air freshener, windshield washer fluid, lubricant, hair spray, and insecticide) were studied and compared. The spray products were found to emit the highest amount of VOCs (~96 wt%). In contrast, the body wash products showed the lowest VOC contents (~1.6 wt%). In the spray products, 21.6-96.4 % of the VOCs were propane, iso-butane, and n-butane, which are the components of liquefied petroleum gas. Monoterpene (C10H16) was the dominant component of the VOCs in the non-spray products (e.g., body wash, 53-88 %). In particular, methanol was present with the highest amount of VOCs in windshield washer fluid products. In terms of the number of carbon, the windshield washer fluids, lubricants, insecticides, and hair sprays comprised >95 % of the VOCs in the range C2-C5. The VOCs in the range C6-C10 were predominantly found in the body wash products. The dishwashing detergents and air fresheners contained diverse VOCs from C2 to C11. Besides comprising hazardous VOCs, VOCs from consumer products were also ozone precursors. The ozone formation potential of the consumer and commercial spray products was estimated to be higher than those of liquid and gel materials. In particular, the hair sprays showed the highest ozone formation potential. PMID:25601614

  4. Emissions of ozone precursors from stationary sources:. a critical review

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Placet, M.; Mann, C. O.; Gilbert, R. O.; Niefer, M. J.

    This paper discusses and critiques methods used to estimate emissions of, and create both aggregate and detailed modeling inventories for, nitrogen oxides (NO x), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and carbon monoxide (CO), the main pollutants involved in ozone formation. Emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO 2) and methods to project emissions into the future are also briefly discussed. Many improvements have been made in emissions inventories over the past decade. For example, the required use of continuous emission monitors (CEMS) has produced site-specific emissions estimates from almost all US electric utility power plants, which are the major stationary source of NO x. However, many data quality issues remain. For example, the overall quality of standardized emission factors is very poor. In addition, uncertainties have been introduced by use of simplistic assumptions on the existent level of emission control. Even the use of CEMS has not eliminated uncertainty in emissions from power plants, because methods to deal with missing data can introduce bias. Emissions data for Mexico are not comprehensive, making ozone modeling in US border regions difficult. Data for VOC speciation is outdated, and crude data is often used to disaggregate emissions to the fine level of spatial and temporal detail needed for atmospheric modeling. It is difficult to make general statements about the importance of each of these problems, because there are no reliable estimates of the overall uncertainty of emissions values, and because the impact of emission inventory errors is very site specific. The Emissions Inventory Improvement Program (EIIP) initiated by the US Environmental Protection Agency promises to enhance the quality of future inventories, mainly through communication of best practices among state agencies. Further inventory improvement efforts must be focused on problems that most strongly influence poor prediction of ozone concentrations. Targets for improvement could be based on comparison of photochemical modeling results to observed concentrations, coupled with other techniques that better explain source-receptor relationships.

  5. Determination of a cost-effective air pollution control technology for the control of VOC and HAP emissions from a steroids processing plant

    SciTech Connect

    Hamel, T.M. [O`Brien and Gere Engineers, Inc., Syracuse, NY (United States)

    1997-12-31

    A steroids processing plant located in northeastern Puerto Rico emits a combined average of 342 lb/hr of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from various process operations. The approach that this facility used to implement maximum achievable control technology (MACT) may assist others who must contend with MACT for pharmaceutical or related manufacturing facilities. Federal air regulations define MACT standards for stationary sources emitting any of 189 HAPs. The MACT standards detailed in the NESHAPs are characterized by industry and type of emission control system or technology. It is anticipated that the standard will require HAP reductions of approximately 95%. The steroid plant`s emissions include the following pollutant loadings: VOC/HAP Emission Rate (lb/hr): Methanol 92.0; Acetone 35.0; Methylene chloride 126.0; Chloroform 25.0; Ethyl acetate 56.0; Tetrahydrofuran 5.00; and 1,4-Dioxane 3.00. The facility`s existing carbon adsorption control system was nearing the end of its useful life, and the operators sought to install an air pollution control system capable of meeting MACT requirements for the pharmaceutical industry. Several stand-alone and hybrid control technologies were considered for replacement of the carbon adsorption system at the facility. This paper examines the following technologies: carbon adsorption, membrane separation, thermal oxidation, membrane separation-carbon adsorption, and condensation-carbon adsorption. Each control technology is described; the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing each technology for the steroid processing plant are examined; and capital and operating costs associated with the implementation of each technology are presented. The rationale for the technology ultimately chosen to control VOC and HAP emissions is presented.

  6. Select the best VOC control strategy

    SciTech Connect

    Ruddy, E.N.; Carroll, L.A. (Burns and McDonnell Engineering Co., Kansas City, MO (United States))

    1993-07-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are among the most common pollutants emitted by the chemical process industries (CPI). Accordingly, VOC emission control is a major portion of the CPI's environmental activities. Reduction of VOC emissions in areas that exceed the current national ambient air quality standard for ozone of 0.12 ppm is mandated under Title I of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. In addition, Title III of the Amendments requires reduction of the emission of 189 hazardous air pollutants, most of which are included under the definition of VOCs as well. Thus, some sources may be controlled under two separate sets of regulations with potentially differing requirements. This makes the selection of controls especially difficult--what may be the cost-effective choice today could prove inadequate in the near future and costly to upgrade. Therefore, intelligent planning is essential for defining a cost-effective emissions control strategy. This article discusses VOC emission control from a process design standpoint. It first outlines the factors that must be considered when selecting a technology. Then it reviews the technologies available for VOC control and where each can and cannot be used.

  7. Effect of habitat and age on variations in volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from Quercus ilex and Pinus pinea

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Street, R. A.; Owen, S.; Duckham, S. C.; Boissard, C.; Hewitt, C. N.

    A dynamic branch enclosure was used to measure emission rates of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) under field conditions from two common native Mediterranean species, Quercus ilex and Pinus pinea. In addition to ?-pinene, ?-pinene, sabinene, limonene and cineole, a suite of lesser known compounds were tentatively identified including cis- and trans-ocimene, cis- and trans-linalool oxide and sabinaketone. Emissions of isoprene from Quercus ilex were insignificant in comparison to those of the monoterpenes and were not detected from Pinus pinea. Variability in emission rates between two habitats, the forest and the dunes, were assessed for Quercus ilex. Temperature sensitivities of emissions and total summed emission rates from Quercus ilex were clearly related to environmental conditions. Emission rates from Pinus pinea showed great variability, but differences between normalised mean emission rates from mature forest and young plantation trees may be significant. Existing emission rate models were found to inadequately describe the observed data.

  8. METHANE EMISSIONS FROM INDUSTRIAL SOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The chapter identifies and describes major industrial sources of methane (CH4) emissions. or each source type examined, it identifies CH4 release points and discusses in detail the factors affecting emissions. t also summarizes and discusses available global and country-specific ...

  9. Using Local and Regional Air Quality Modeling and Source Apportionment Tools to Evaluate Vehicles and Biogenic Emission Factors 

    E-print Network

    Kota, Sri H

    2014-07-25

    and inventories of CO, NO_(x) and VOCs from on-road vehicles estimated by vehicle emission factor models and biogenic emissions of isoprene estimated by a popular biogenic emission model are evaluated using local and regional scale air quality modeling and source...

  10. Efficient control of odors and VOC emissions via activated carbon technology.

    PubMed

    Mohamed, Farhana; Kim, James; Huang, Ruey; Nu, Huong Ton; Lorenzo, Vlad

    2014-07-01

    This research study was undertaken to enhance the efficiency and economy of carbon scrubbers in controlling odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at the wastewater collection and treatment facilities of the Bureau of Sanitation, City of Los Angeles. The butane activity and hydrogen sulfide breakthrough capacity of activated carbon were assessed. Air streams were measured for odorous gases and VOCs and removal efficiency (RE) determined. Carbon towers showed average to excellent removal of odorous compounds, VOCs, and siloxanes; whereas, wet scrubbers demonstrated good removal of odorous compounds but low to negative removal of VOCs. It was observed that the relative humidity and empty bed contact time are one of the most important operating parameters of carbon towers impacting the pollutant RE. Regular monitoring of activated carbon and VOCs has resulted in useful information on carbon change-out frequency, packing recommendations, and means to improve performance of carbon towers. PMID:25112027

  11. Cost effectiveness of silent discharge plasma for point-of-use VOC emissions control in semiconductor fabrication

    SciTech Connect

    Cummings, M.; Booth, S.R.

    1996-12-11

    Extensive research into the treatment and control of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from semiconductor industry manufacturing processes has identified the need for alternatives to existing combustion devices. Specifically, semiconductor manufacturing design is moving toward the application of effective, small-scale, abatement control technologies for specific point-of-use (POU) waste streams associated with a particular component or manufacturing tool. The consortium of companies involved in semiconductor precompetitive research and development known collectively as SEMATECH recently evaluated eleven emerging environmental technologies designed to treat POU process emissions of VOCs specific to the semiconductor industry. After rigorous technical review only one technology, the Silent Discharge Plasma (SDP) developed at Low Alamos National Laboratory, was considered to successfully meet the required technical performance standards and potential cost effectiveness necessary for continued consideration by SEMATECH in their point-of-use emissions control plans.

  12. Intra- and inter-annual variability of VOC emissions from natural and semi-natural vegetation in Europe and neighbouring countries

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Steinbrecher, Rainer; Smiatek, Gerhard; Köble, Renate; Seufert, Günther; Theloke, Jochen; Hauff, Karin; Ciccioli, Paolo; Vautard, Robert; Curci, Gabriele

    Biogenic VOC emission estimates from the earth's surface are crucial input parameters in air quality models. Knowledge accumulated in the last years about BVOC source distributions and chemical compound species emission profiles in Europe as well as the demand of air quality modellers for a finer resolution in space and time of BVOC estimates have led to the set-up of new emission modelling systems. An updated fast BVOC emission modelling platform explicitly considering the seasonality of emission potentials and leaf temperature gradients in forest canopies by the semi-empirical emission module (seBVOC) will be proposed and used for estimating hourly values of chemical compound-specific emissions in Europe (33-68° north; 10° west to 40° east) in the years 1997, 2000, 2001, and 2003. Spatial resolution will be 10 km by 10 km. The database used contains latest land and forest distributions, updated foliar biomass densities, leaf area indices (LAI), and plant as well as chemical compound-specific emission potentials, if available. Meteorological input parameters for the respective years will be generated using the non-hydrostatic meteorological model MM5. Highest BVOC emissions occur in daytime hours around noon from the end of May to mid-August in the Mediterranean area and from the mid of June to the end of July in the boreal forests. Comparison of 3 BVOC model approaches will reveal that for July 2003, the European isoprene and monoterpene totals range from 1124 Gg to 1446 Gg and from 338 Gg to 1112 Gg, respectively. Small-scale deviations may be as high as ±0.6 Mg km -2 for July 2003, reflecting the current uncertainty range for BVOC estimates. Key sources of errors in inventories are still insufficiently detailed land use data for some areas and lacking chemically speciated plant-specific emission potentials in particular in boreal, south-eastern, and northern African landscapes. The hourly emissions of isoprene, speciated terpenes, and oxyVOC have been made available by the NatAir database.

  13. Modeling explicit tropospheric oxidation through identifying volatile organic compound (VOC) sources, their impact on air quality and their signatures in South China

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cheng, Hairong

    Photochemical smog, characterized by high concentrations of ozone (O 3) and fine particles, is of great concern in the urban areas like the Pearl River Delta (PRD). Ambient O3 and its precursors were simultaneously measured for the first time at a site within the inland PRD region (WQS) and a site in Hong Kong (TC) from 22 October to 01 December 2007, in order to improve our understanding of the interplay of O3 pollution between Hong Kong and the inland PRD region, to explore the relationships between O3 and its precursors, and to identify the key volatile organic compound (VOC) species and emission source categories contributing to the O3 formation. Ratio analyses for trace gases and VOCs and back trajectory calculation revealed that the air masses arriving at WQS were more aged due to regional influence, whereas the air masses at TC were mainly affected by local emissions and/or regional transport. An observation-Based Model (OBM) was employed to determine the O 3-precursor relationship. At both sites, O3 production was found to be VOC-limited. Anthropogenic hydrocarbons played a key role in O 3 production, while reducing NO emissions aided the build up of O 3 concentrations. The contribution of carbonyls to O3 formation was firstly input in the OBM by using measured data, the results showed that the net O3 production derived from the OBM agreed better with the observed O3 increment after hourly carbonyl concentrations were included. A photochemical trajectory model was developed and used for the first time to simulate the formation of photochemical pollutants at WQS, Guangzhou during photochemical pollution episodes between 12 and 17 November, 2007. Calculated photochemical ozone creation potential (POCP) indices indicated that alkanes and oxygenated organic compounds had relatively low reactivity, while alkenes and aromatics presented high reactivity. Analysis of the emission inventory found that the sum of 60 of the 139 VOC species accounted for 91% of the total POCP-weighted emission. The findings obtained in this study would advance our knowledge of air quality in the PRD region, and provide useful information to local government on effective control of photochemical smog in the region.

  14. 40 CFR 60.663 - Monitoring of emissions and operations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...SOURCES Standards of Performance for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions From Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturing Industry (SOCMI) Distillation Operations § 60.663 Monitoring of emissions and operations. (a)...

  15. 40 CFR 60.663 - Monitoring of emissions and operations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...SOURCES Standards of Performance for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions From Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturing Industry (SOCMI) Distillation Operations § 60.663 Monitoring of emissions and operations. (a)...

  16. Control of VOCs emissions by condenser pre-treatment in a semiconductor fab.

    PubMed

    Lin, Yu-Chih; Chang, Feng-Tang; Bai, Hsunling; Pei, Bau-Shei

    2005-04-11

    The performance of a modified design of local condensers to pre-treat a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from the stripping process of a semiconductor fab was tested in this study. The reaction temperature of the condensers was controlled at around 10 degrees C, it is relatively higher than the traditional condenser reaction temperature. Both VOCs and water vapors were condensed and formed liquid films. This resulted in an enhancement of the VOCs removals, especially for VOCs of high boiling points or solubility. This can help to prevent the follow up zeolite concentrator from damage. The performance of the integrated system of condenser/zeolite concentrator could, therefore, remain highly efficient for a longer operation time. Its annualized cost would also be lower than installing the zeolite concentrator only. PMID:15811658

  17. Measurements of industrial emissions of VOCs, NH3, NO2 and SO2 in Texas using the Solar Occultation Flux method and mobile DOAS

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mellqvist, J.; Samuelsson, J.; Rivera, C.; Lefer, B.; Patel, M.

    2007-12-01

    Solar Occultation Flux (SOF) measurements of olefines and alkanes have been conducted to pin-point and quantify the largest sources of olefines and alkanes in the vicinity of Houston and in south eastern Texas during September 2006. The SOF measurements were part of the extensive summer campaign TexAQS 2006, included in the Second Texas Air Quality Study (TexAQS II). The SOF technique is an optical method utilizing the absorption of direct solar infrared radiation in the 1.8-14 micrometer range for retrieval of total columns of various species such as ethylene, propylene, ammonia and alkanes. The instrument is carried on a mobile platform, making it possible to conduct transects of the emission plume downwind an industry, and thus integrate all the molecules of the plume cross section in real time. By multiplying with the plume wind speed, the total flux emerging from the source is obtained. Flux estimates with SOF were obtained for the large petrochemical and refining complexes around the Houston area. This was done in parallell with airborne plume studies by other parties. The primary research goal was to supply a data set for emission inventory comparisons and for input to models looking at the strong ozone production in Texas. The SOF measurements show that the hourly gas emissions from the Houston Ship channel area correspond to about 1 metric ton of ethylene, 1.5 tons of propylene, 12 tons of alkanes, 1/4 ton of NH3 and about 5 tons of SO2 and NO2. For the VOCs this is an order of magnitude or greater than reported VOC emissions in the 2004 inventory.

  18. Comparison of VOC emissions between air-dried and heat-treated Norway spruce ( Picea abies), Scots pine ( Pinus sylvesteris) and European aspen ( Populus tremula) wood

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hyttinen, Marko; Masalin-Weijo, Marika; Kalliokoski, Pentti; Pasanen, Pertti

    2010-12-01

    Heat-treated wood is an increasingly popular decoration material. Heat-treatment improves dimensional stability of the wood and also prevents rot fungus growth. Although production of heat-treated wood has been rapidly increasing, there is only little information about the VOC emissions of heat-treated wood and its possible influences on indoor air quality. In the present study, VOC emissions from three untreated (air-dried) and heat-treated wood species were compared during a four weeks test period. It appeared that different wood species had clearly different VOC emission profiles. Heat-treatment was found to decrease VOC emissions significantly and change their composition. Especially, emissions of terpenes decreased from softwood samples and aldehydes from European aspen samples. Emissions of total aldehydes and organic acids were at the same level or slightly higher from heat treated than air-dried softwood samples. In agreement with another recent study, the emissions of furfural were found to increase and those of hexanal to decrease from all the wood species investigated. In contrast to air-dried wood samples, emissions of VOCs were almost in steady state from heat treated wood samples even in the beginning of the test.

  19. Which emission sources are responsible for the volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere of Pearl River Delta?

    PubMed

    Guo, H; Cheng, H R; Ling, Z H; Louie, P K K; Ayoko, G A

    2011-04-15

    A field measurement study of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) was simultaneously carried out in October-December 2007 at an inland Pearl River Delta (PRD) site and a Hong Kong urban site. A receptor model i.e. positive matrix factorization (PMF) was applied to the data for the apportionment of pollution sources in the region. Five and six sources were identified in Hong Kong and the inland PRD region, respectively. The major sources identified in the region were vehicular emissions, solvent use and biomass burning, whereas extra sources found in inland PRD included liquefied petroleum gas and gasoline evaporation. In Hong Kong, the vehicular emissions made the most significant contribution to ambient VOCs (48 ± 4%), followed by solvent use (43 ± 2%) and biomass burning (9 ± 2%). In inland PRD, the largest contributor to ambient VOCs was solvent use (46 ± 1%), and vehicular emissions contributed 26 ± 1% to ambient VOCs. The percentage contribution of vehicular emission in Hong Kong in 2007 is close to that obtained in 2001-2003, whereas in inland PRD the contribution of solvent use to ambient VOCs in 2007 was at the upper range of the results obtained in previous studies and twice the 2006 PRD emission inventory. The findings advance our knowledge of ozone precursors in the PRD region. PMID:21316844

  20. Assessment of neurobehavioral response in humans to low-level volatile organic compound (VOC) sources

    SciTech Connect

    Otto, D.A.

    1991-06-01

    Occupants of sick buildings often complain of CNS symptoms including headache and memory loss, but little objective evidence of neurobehavioral effects exists. Available evidence of neurobehavioral effects of low level VOC exposure representative of new buildings is reviewed. Methods suitable for studying the neurobehavioral effects of low-level VOC exposure--including computerized behavioral tests, balance tests and sensory evoked potentials--are reviewed. The use of computerized behavioral tests in conjunction with symptom questionnaires is recommended for low-level VOC studies.

  1. Review of unsaturated-zone transport and attenuation of volatile organic compound (VOC) plumes leached from shallow source zones

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rivett, Michael O.; Wealthall, Gary P.; Dearden, Rachel A.; McAlary, Todd A.

    2011-04-01

    Reliable prediction of the unsaturated zone transport and attenuation of dissolved-phase VOC (volatile organic compound) plumes leached from shallow source zones is a complex, multi-process, environmental problem. It is an important problem as sources, which include solid-waste landfills, aqueous-phase liquid discharge lagoons and NAPL releases partially penetrating the unsaturated zone, may persist for decades. Natural attenuation processes operating in the unsaturated zone that, uniquely for VOCs includes volatilisation, may, however, serve to protect underlying groundwater and potentially reduce the need for expensive remedial actions. Review of the literature indicates that only a few studies have focused upon the overall leached VOC source and plume scenario as a whole. These are mostly modelling studies that often involve high strength, non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) sources for which density-induced and diffusive vapour transport is significant. Occasional dissolved-phase aromatic hydrocarbon controlled infiltration field studies also exist. Despite this lack of focus on the overall problem, a wide range of process-based unsaturated zone — VOC research has been conducted that may be collated to build good conceptual model understanding of the scenario, particularly for the much studied aromatic hydrocarbons and chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons (CAHs). In general, the former group is likely to be attenuated in the unsaturated zone due to their ready aerobic biodegradation, albeit with rate variability across the literature, whereas the fate of the latter is far less likely to be dominated by a single mechanism and dependent upon the relative importance of the various attenuation processes within individual site — VOC scenarios. Analytical and numerical modelling tools permit effective process representation of the whole scenario, albeit with potential for inclusion of additional processes — e.g., multi-mechanistic sorption phase partitioning, and provide good opportunity for further sensitivity analysis and development to practitioner use. There remains a significant need to obtain intermediate laboratory-scale and particularly field-scale (actual site and controlled release) datasets that address the scenario as a whole and permit validation of the available models. Integrated assessment of the range of simultaneous processes that combine to influence leached plume generation, transport and attenuation in the unsaturated zone is required. Component process research needs are required across the problem scenario and include: the simultaneous volatilisation and dissolution of source zones; development of appropriate field-scale dispersion estimates for the unsaturated zone; assessment of transient VOC exchanges between aqueous, vapour and sorbed phases and their influence upon plume attenuation; development of improved field methods to recognise and quantify biodegradation of CAHs; establishment of the influence of co-contaminants; and, finally, translation of research findings into more robust practitioner practice.

  2. Review of unsaturated-zone transport and attenuation of volatile organic compound (VOC) plumes leached from shallow source zones.

    PubMed

    Rivett, Michael O; Wealthall, Gary P; Dearden, Rachel A; McAlary, Todd A

    2011-04-25

    Reliable prediction of the unsaturated zone transport and attenuation of dissolved-phase VOC (volatile organic compound) plumes leached from shallow source zones is a complex, multi-process, environmental problem. It is an important problem as sources, which include solid-waste landfills, aqueous-phase liquid discharge lagoons and NAPL releases partially penetrating the unsaturated zone, may persist for decades. Natural attenuation processes operating in the unsaturated zone that, uniquely for VOCs includes volatilisation, may, however, serve to protect underlying groundwater and potentially reduce the need for expensive remedial actions. Review of the literature indicates that only a few studies have focused upon the overall leached VOC source and plume scenario as a whole. These are mostly modelling studies that often involve high strength, non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) sources for which density-induced and diffusive vapour transport is significant. Occasional dissolved-phase aromatic hydrocarbon controlled infiltration field studies also exist. Despite this lack of focus on the overall problem, a wide range of process-based unsaturated zone - VOC research has been conducted that may be collated to build good conceptual model understanding of the scenario, particularly for the much studied aromatic hydrocarbons and chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons (CAHs). In general, the former group is likely to be attenuated in the unsaturated zone due to their ready aerobic biodegradation, albeit with rate variability across the literature, whereas the fate of the latter is far less likely to be dominated by a single mechanism and dependent upon the relative importance of the various attenuation processes within individual site - VOC scenarios. Analytical and numerical modelling tools permit effective process representation of the whole scenario, albeit with potential for inclusion of additional processes - e.g., multi-mechanistic sorption phase partitioning, and provide good opportunity for further sensitivity analysis and development to practitioner use. There remains a significant need to obtain intermediate laboratory-scale and particularly field-scale (actual site and controlled release) datasets that address the scenario as a whole and permit validation of the available models. Integrated assessment of the range of simultaneous processes that combine to influence leached plume generation, transport and attenuation in the unsaturated zone is required. Component process research needs are required across the problem scenario and include: the simultaneous volatilisation and dissolution of source zones; development of appropriate field-scale dispersion estimates for the unsaturated zone; assessment of transient VOC exchanges between aqueous, vapour and sorbed phases and their influence upon plume attenuation; development of improved field methods to recognise and quantify biodegradation of CAHs; establishment of the influence of co-contaminants; and, finally, translation of research findings into more robust practitioner practice. PMID:21316792

  3. Source Contributions to VOC's to Ozone Formation in Southeast Texas Using a Source-oriented Air Quality Model

    E-print Network

    Krishnan, Anupama

    2011-08-08

    in the formation of ozone. Highest ozone formation rates were observed for ratios from 5-15. The contributions of VOC to ozone formation were estimated based on the linear relationship between the rate of NO to NO2 conversion due to radicals generated from VOC...

  4. Measurements of volatile organic compounds at a suburban ground site (T1) in Mexico City during the MILAGRO 2006 campaign: measurement comparison, emission ratios, and source attribution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bon, D. M.; Ulbrich, I. M.; de Gouw, J. A.; Warneke, C.; Kuster, W. C.; Alexander, M. L.; Baker, A.; Beyersdorf, A. J.; Blake, D.; Fall, R.; Jimenez, J. L.; Herndon, S. C.; Huey, L. G.; Knighton, W. B.; Ortega, J.; Springston, S.; Vargas, O.

    2011-03-01

    Volatile organic compound (VOC) mixing ratios were measured with two different instruments at the T1 ground site in Mexico City during the Megacity Initiative: Local and Global Research Observations (MILAGRO) campaign in March of 2006. A gas chromatograph with flame ionization detector (GC-FID) quantified 18 light alkanes, alkenes and acetylene while a proton-transfer-reaction ion-trap mass spectrometer (PIT-MS) quantified 12 VOC species including oxygenated VOCs (OVOCs) and aromatics. A GC separation system was used in conjunction with the PIT-MS (GC-PIT-MS) to evaluate PIT-MS measurements and to aid in the identification of unknown VOCs. The VOC measurements are also compared to simultaneous canister samples and to two independent proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometers (PTR-MS) deployed on a mobile and an airborne platform during MILAGRO. VOC diurnal cycles demonstrate the large influence of vehicle traffic and liquid propane gas (LPG) emissions during the night and photochemical processing during the afternoon. Emission ratios for VOCs and OVOCs relative to CO are derived from early-morning measurements. Average emission ratios for non-oxygenated species relative to CO are on average a factor of ~2 higher than measured for US cities. Emission ratios for OVOCs are estimated and compared to literature values the northeastern US and to tunnel studies in California. Positive matrix factorization analysis (PMF) is used to provide insight into VOC sources and processing. Three PMF factors were distinguished by the analysis including the emissions from vehicles, the use of liquid propane gas and the production of secondary VOCs + long-lived species. Emission ratios to CO calculated from the results of PMF analysis are compared to emission ratios calculated directly from measurements. The total PIT-MS signal is summed to estimate the fraction of identified versus unidentified VOC species.

  5. [Study on control and management for industrial volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in China].

    PubMed

    Wang, Hai-Lin; Zhang, Guo-Ning; Nei, Lei; Wang, Yu-Fei; Hao, Zheng-Ping

    2011-12-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from industrial sources account for a large percent of total anthropogenic VOCs. In this paper, VOCs emission characterization, control technologies and management were discussed. VOCs from industrial emissions were characterized by high intensity, wide range and uneven distribution, which focused on Bejing-Tianjin Joint Belt, Shangdong Peninsula, Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta. The current technologies for VOCs treatment include adsorption, catalytic combustion, bio-degradation and others, which were applied in petrochemical, oil vapor recovery, shipbuilding, printing, pharmaceutical, feather manufacturing and so on. The scarcity of related regulations/standards plus ineffective supervision make the VOCs management difficult. Therefore, it is suggested that VOCs treatment be firstly performed from key areas and industries, and then carried out step by step. By establishing of actual reducing amount control system and more detailed VOCs emission standards and regulations, applying practical technologies together with demonstration projects, and setting up VOCs emission registration and classification-related-charge system, VOCs could be reduced effectively. PMID:22468504

  6. SOURCES OF COPPER AIR EMISSIONS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of a study to update estimates of atmospheric emissions of copper and copper compounds in the U.S. Source categories evaluated included: metallic minerals, primary copper smelters, iron and steel making, combustion, municipal incineration, secondary coppe...

  7. Flooding effects on plant physiology and VOC emissions from Amazonian tree species from two different flooding environments: Varzea and Igapo

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    Bracho Nunez, A.; Knothe, N.; Liberato, M. A. R.; Schebeske, G.; Ciccioli, P.; Piedade, M. T. F.; Kesselmeier, J.

    2009-04-01

    A land area of 300.000 km² in the Amazon basin is subjected to a continuous flooding pulse, being flooded for 210 days a-1 on an average (Junk et al. 1993). To survive the flooding period vegetation has developed several morphological, anatomical and physiological strategies to mitigate the produced stress due to root anoxia. One of the strategies is fermentation of sucrose in the roots to comply with the energy demand under anoxia. The resulting toxic metabolite ethanol is transported through the transpiration stream to the leaves and can be directly emitted into the atmosphere or converted to acetaldehyde and/or acetate, still volatile enough to be partly released. We investigated short-term and long-term flooding effects on physiology and VOC emission by plant species from várzea and igapó and observed ethanol and acetaldehyde emissions from the várzea species Vatairea guianensis after one day of flooding, which decreased considerably within the next three days. The same species from igapó showed no acetaldehyde emission and much lower emission rates of ethanol, than the várzea species. In contrast Hevea spruceana from both várzea and igapó showed no ethanol or acetaldehyde emissions. After long term flooding (2 months) we did not find any emissions of acetaldehyde or ethanol from all plant species investigated. However, isoprene and monoterpene emissions were clearly affected, showing a significant decrease. Carbon dioxide assimilation was not affected by short term flooding, but declined after two months root anoxia in the case of Hevea spruceana.

  8. Comparison of the substrate effect on voc emissions from water based varnish and latex paint

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Gabriela V. Silva; M. Teresa; S. D. Vasconcelos; Armando M. Santos; Eduardo O. Fernandes

    2003-01-01

    Background, Aims and Scope  The building materials are recognised to be major contributors to indoor air contamination by volatile organic compounds (VOCs).\\u000a The improvement of the quality of the environment within buildings is a topic of increasing research and public interest.\\u000a Legislation in preparation by the European Commission may induce, in the near future, European Union Member States to solicit\\u000a the

  9. NOVEL CERAMIC-ORGANIC VAPOR PERMEATION MEMBRANES FOR VOC REMOVAL - PHASE I

    EPA Science Inventory

    Vapor permeation holds much promise for becoming a highly efficient means of preventing VOC emissions that are now generated by a variety of stationary sources, including solvent and surface coating operations, gasoline storage operations, and printing operations. A limitation of...

  10. NOVEL CERAMIC-ORGANIC VAPOR PERMEATION MEMBRANES FOR VOC REMOVAL - PHASE II

    EPA Science Inventory

    Vapor permeation with highly permeable and organic-selective membranes is becoming an increasingly popular technique for preventing VOC emissions that are generated by a variety of stationary sources, including solvent and surface coating operations, gasoline storage operat...

  11. Rai, A.C., Guo, B., Lin, C.H., Zhang, J., Pei, J., and Chen, Q. 2014. "Ozone reaction with clothing and its initiated VOC 1 emissions in an environmental chamber," Indoor Air, 24, 49-58.2

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    Chen, Qingyan "Yan"

    with clothing and its initiated VOC 1 emissions in an environmental chamber," Indoor Air, 24, 49-58.2 Ozone reaction with clothing and its initiated VOC emissions in an environmental chamber3 Aakash C. Rai1 , Bing factors on these reactions. This investigation studied the ozone reactions16 with clothing through

  12. Reducing spray booth VOCs

    SciTech Connect

    Adams, J.

    1990-03-01

    Reducing spray booth overspray, volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions and solid waste can be achieved in every installation--from the simplest one-gun booth to the high-production multigun booth. The changes may be as basic as getting the present system under control or changing to another process. Conventional, airless and electrostatic application methods have been available to the finishing market for over 25 years. Each method has advantages and disadvantages. As VOC restrictions began to close in on the coatings industry, the need to improve spray equipment capability increased. The principal objective was to increase transfer efficiency to decrease VOCs.

  13. Assessment of the Impact Produced by the Traffic Source on VOC Level in the Urban Area of Canosa di Puglia (Italy)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Paolo Bruno; Maurizio Caselli; Gianluigi de Gennaro; Lucia Scolletta; Livia Trizio; Maria Tutino

    2008-01-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOC) have been monitored in 12 sites of Canosa di Puglia, a city located in the Southern of Italy,\\u000a in order to identify the main VOC source—vehicular traffic or industrial—and to evaluate the critical situations in the city.\\u000a Monitoring, carried out by using Radiello® diffusive samplers, has been planned taking into account the traffic density and\\u000a the

  14. Global data set of biogenic VOC emissions calculated by the MEGAN model over the last 30 years

    SciTech Connect

    Sindelarova, K.; Granier, Claire; Bouarar, I.; Guenther, Alex B.; Tilmes, S.; Stavrakou, T.; Muller, J. F.; Kuhn, U.; Stefani, P.; Knorr, W.

    2014-09-09

    The Model of Emissions of Gases and Aerosols from Nature (MEGANv2.1) together with the Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA) meteorological fields were used to create a global emission dataset of biogenic VOCs available on a monthly basis for the time period of 1980 - 2010. This dataset is called MEGAN-MACC. The model estimated mean annual total BVOC emission of 760 Tg(C) yr1 consisting of isoprene (70%), monoterpenes (11%), methanol (6%), acetone (3%), sesquiterpenes (2.5%) and other BVOC species each contributing less than 2 %. Several sensitivity model runs were performed to study the impact of different model input and model settings on isoprene estimates and resulted in differences of * 17% of the reference isoprene total. A greater impact was observed for sensitivity run applying parameterization of soil moisture deficit that led to a 50% reduction of isoprene emissions on a global scale, most significantly in specific regions of Africa, South America and Australia. MEGAN-MACC estimates are comparable to results of previous studies. More detailed comparison with other isoprene in ventories indicated significant spatial and temporal differences between the datasets especially for Australia, Southeast Asia and South America. MEGAN-MACC estimates of isoprene and*-pinene showed a reasonable agreement with surface flux measurements in the Amazon andthe model was able to capture the seasonal variation of emissions in this region.

  15. EXTERNAL COMBUSTION PARTICULATE EMISSIONS: SOURCE CATEGORY REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of the development of particulate emission factors based on cutoff size for inhalable particles for external combustion sources. After a review of available information characterizing particulate emissions from external combustion sources, the data were s...

  16. Control techniques for volatile organic compound emissions from stationary sources, December 1992. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1992-12-01

    The document is a summary document containing general information on sources of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, applicable control techniques, and the impacts resulting from control applications. It references other documents which contain much more detailed information on individual sources and control techniques. This is the third edition of a report originally published by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) titled, 'Control Techniques for Hydrocarbon and Organic Solvent Emissions from Stationary Sources (AP-68).' The first edition was published in March 1970 by the National Air Pollution Control Administration, a part of HEW.

  17. VOC Destruction by Catalytic Combustion Microturbine

    SciTech Connect

    Tom Barton

    2009-03-10

    This project concerned the application of a catalytic combustion system that has been married to a micro-turbine device. The catalytic combustion system decomposes the VOC's and transmits these gases to the gas turbine. The turbine has been altered to operate on very low-level BTU fuels equivalent to 1.5% methane in air. The performance of the micro-turbine for VOC elimination has some flexibility with respect to operating conditions, and the system is adaptable to multiple industrial applications. The VOC source that was been chosen for examination was the emissions from coal upgrading operations. The overall goal of the project was to examine the effectiveness of a catalytic combustion based system for elimination of VOCs while simultaneously producing electrical power for local consumption. Project specific objectives included assessment of the feasibility for using a Flex-Microturbine that generates power from natural gas while it consumes VOCs generated from site operations; development of an engineering plan for installation of the Flex-Microturbine system; operation of the micro-turbine through various changes in site and operation conditions; measurement of the VOC destruction quantitatively; and determination of the required improvements for further studies. The micro-turbine with the catalytic bed worked effectively to produce power on levels of fuel much lower than the original turbine design. The ability of the device to add or subtract supplemental fuel to augment the amount of VOC's in the inlet air flow made the device an effective replacement for a traditional flare. Concerns about particulates in the inlet flow and the presence of high sulfur concentrations with the VOC mixtures was identified as a drawback with the current catalytic design. A new microturbine design was developed based on this research that incorporates a thermal oxidizer in place of the catalytic bed for applications where particulates or contamination would limit the lifetime of the catalytic bed.

  18. Characterization of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions at Sites of Oil Sands Extraction and Upgrading in northern Alberta

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Marrero, J.; Simpson, I. J.; Meinardi, S.; Blake, D. R.

    2011-12-01

    The crude oil reserves in Canada's oil sands are second only to Saudi Arabia, holding roughly 173 billion barrels of oil in the form of bitumen, an unconventional crude oil which does not flow and cannot be pumped without heating or dilution. Oil sands deposits are ultimately used to make the same petroleum products as conventional forms of crude oil, though more processing is required. Hydrocarbons are the basis of oil, coal and natural gas and are an important class of gases emitted into the atmosphere during oil production, particularly because of their effects on air quality and human health. However, they have only recently begun to be independently assessed in the oil sands regions. As part of the 2008 ARCTAS airborne mission, whole air samples were collected in the boundary layer above the surface mining operations of northern Alberta. Gas chromatography analysis revealed enhanced concentrations of 53 VOCs (C2 to C10) over the mining region. When compared to local background levels, the measured concentrations were enhanced up to 1.1-400 times for these compounds. To more fully characterize emissions, ground-based studies were conducted in summer 2010 and winter 2011 in the oil sands mining and upgrading areas. The data from the 200 ground-based samples revealed enhancements in the concentration of 65 VOCs. These compounds were elevated up to 1.1-3000 times above background concentrations and include C2-C8 alkanes, C1-C5 alkyl nitrates, C2-C4 alkenes and potentially toxic aromatic compounds such as benzene, toluene, and xylenes.

  19. Biofiltration control of VOC and air toxic emissions: n-Butane and benzene

    SciTech Connect

    Allen, E.R. [Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States)

    1996-12-31

    n-Butane and benzene vapors are routinely observed in urban atmospheres. Their presence in urban airsheds is of concern because of their ozone production potential as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and/or potential toxicity. Also, these saturated hydrocarbons are representative of airborne aliphatic and aromatic compounds. Separate laboratory studies have been conducted on the biological elimination of n-butane (n-C{sub 4}H{sub 10}) and benzene (C{sub 6}H{sub 6}) from airstreams using treated compost biofilters. The removal efficiencies were found to exceed 90% for a conditioned biofilter medium and pollutant low concentrations (< 25 ppm) and zeroth order kinetics at higher concentrations (> 100 ppm), whereas benzene vapor elimination followed zeroth order kinetics at concentrations up to 200 ppm. The maximum n-butane and benzene elimination capacities observed for the compost biofilters and conditions employed were 25 and 70 g pollutant m{sup -3} h{sup -1}, respectively. 13 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

  20. 75 FR 19252 - Delegation of New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air...

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    2010-04-14

    ...Petroleum Yes. Refinery Wastewater Systems. RRR............... VOC Emissions from SOCMI Reactor Yes. Processes. SSS............... Magnetic Tape Coating Operations Yes. TTT............... Industrial Surface...

  1. Emissions of Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds and Observations of VOC Oxidation at Harvard Forest

    Microsoft Academic Search

    K. A. McKinney; T. Pho; A. Vasta; B. H. Lee

    2009-01-01

    The contribution of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) to oxidant concentrations and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) production in forested environments depends on the emission rates of these compounds. Recent findings have suggested that the emission rates of BVOCs and the range of species emitted could be larger than previously thought. In this study, Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) was

  2. Biogenic VOC and Climate

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Guenther, A. B.

    2014-12-01

    Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) and ozone are short-lived contributors to radiative forcing that can drive relatively rapid changes in climate. They are not emitted into the atmosphere but are formed from precursors including biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC) that are emitted from terrestrial ecosystems. BVOC can also impact longer-lived climate-relevant compounds by acting as a sink for the oxidants that remove moderately reactive gases such as methane and by being a source of carbon dioxide. Emissions of BVOC are highly temperature sensitive, and some also respond to light, and so there is a potential feedback coupling between climate and BVOC emissions. Another potential feedback is associated with the water cycle since SOA can influence precipitation by serving as cloud condensation nuclei and because VOC emissions are sensitive to water availability. Anthropogenic air pollutants add to the complexity of this coupled system by enhancing the production of ozone and SOA from BVOC. The role of BVOC in the land-atmosphere-climate system and potential feedback couplings is conceptually clear but developing an accurate quantitative representation is challenging. Our current understanding of the role of BVOC in the climate system and potential feedback couplings will be presented and the major uncertainties will be discussed. Advances in observations for constraining models, including long-term measurements and recent multi-scale studies, will be presented and priorities for continued advances will be discussed.

  3. ANALYSIS OF SOCMI (SYNTHETIC ORGANIC CHEMICAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY) VOC (VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND) FUGITIVE EMISSIONS DATA

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of an examination of fugitive emission data from Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturing Industry (SOCMI) processing units (Collected under earlier EPA studies) for correlations between process variables and leak frequency. Although line temperature did ...

  4. 7, 1307713119, 2007 VOC reactivity in

    E-print Network

    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    anthropogenic emissions and secondary products from primary VOC oxidation. To evaluate the model treatmentACPD 7, 13077­13119, 2007 VOC reactivity in central California A. L. Steiner et al. Title Page Chemistry and Physics Discussions VOC reactivity in central California: comparing an air quality model

  5. Ambient volatile organic compound (VOC) concentrations around a petrochemical complex and a petroleum refinery.

    PubMed

    Cetin, Eylem; Odabasi, Mustafa; Seyfioglu, Remzi

    2003-08-01

    Air samples were collected between September 2000 and September 2001 in Izmir, Turkey at three sampling sites located around a petrochemical complex and an oil refinery to measure ambient volatile organic compound (VOC) concentrations. VOC concentrations were 4-20-fold higher than those measured at a suburban site in Izmir, Turkey. Ethylene dichloride, a leaded gasoline additive used in petroleum refining and an intermediate product of the vinyl chloride process in the petrochemical complex, was the most abundant volatile organic compound, followed by ethyl alcohol and acetone. Evaluations based on wind direction clearly indicated that ambient VOC concentrations measured were affected by the refinery and petrochemical complex emissions. VOC concentrations showed seasonal variations at all sampling sites. Concentrations were highest in summer, followed by autumn, probably due to increased evaporation of VOCs from fugitive sources as a result of higher temperatures. VOC concentrations generally increased with temperature and wind speed. Temperature and wind speed together explained 1-60% of the variability in VOC concentrations. The variability in ambient VOC concentrations that could not be explained by temperature and wind speed can be attributed to the effect of other factors (i.e. wind direction, other VOC sources). PMID:12873403

  6. VOCs and OVOCs distribution and control policy implications in Pearl River Delta region, China

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Louie, Peter K. K.; Ho, Josephine W. K.; Tsang, Roy C. W.; Blake, Donald R.; Lau, Alexis K. H.; Yu, Jian Zhen; Yuan, Zibing; Wang, Xinming; Shao, Min; Zhong, Liuju

    2013-09-01

    Ambient air measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and oxygenated volatile organic compounds (OVOCs) were conducted and characterised during a two-year grid study in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region of southern China. The present grid study pioneered the systematic investigation of the nature and characteristics of complex VOC and OVOC sources at a regional scale. The largest contributing VOCs, accounting over 80% of the total VOCs mixing ratio, were toluene, ethane, ethyne, propane, ethene, butane, benzene, pentane, ethylbenzene, and xylenes. Sub-regional VOC spatial characteristics were identified, namely: i) relatively fresh pollutants, consistent with elevated vehicular and industrial activities, around the PRD estuary; and ii) a concentration gradient with higher mixing ratios of VOCs in the west as compared with the eastern part of PRD. Based on alkyl nitrate aging determination, a high hydroxyl radical (OH) concentration favoured fast hydrocarbon reactions and formation of locally produced ozone. The photochemical reactivity analysis showed aromatic hydrocarbons and alkenes together consisted of around 80% of the ozone formation potential (OFP) among the key VOCs. We also found that the OFP from OVOCs should not be neglected since their OFP contribution was more than one-third of that from VOCs alone. These findings support the choice of current air pollution control policy which focuses on vehicular sources but warrants further controls. Industrial emissions and VOCs emitted by solvents should be the next targets for ground-level ozone abatement.

  7. Plant leaves as indoor air passive samplers for volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

    PubMed

    Wetzel, Todd A; Doucette, William J

    2015-03-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) enter indoor environments through internal and external sources. Indoor air concentrations of VOCs vary greatly but are generally higher than outdoors. Plants have been promoted as indoor air purifiers for decades, but reports of their effectiveness differ. However, while air-purifying applications may be questionable, the waxy cuticle coating on leaves may provide a simple, cost-effective approach to sampling indoor air for VOCs. To investigate the potential use of plants as indoor air VOC samplers, a static headspace approach was used to examine the relationship between leaf and air concentrations, leaf lipid contents and octanol-air partition coefficients (Koa) for six VOCs and four plant species. The relationship between leaf and air concentrations was further examined in an actual residence after the introduction of several chlorinated VOC emission sources. Leaf-air concentration factors (LACFs), calculated from linear regressions of the laboratory headspace data, were found to increase as the solvent extractable leaf lipid content and Koa value of the VOC increased. In the studies conducted in the residence, leaf concentrations paralleled the changing air concentrations, indicating a relatively rapid air to leaf VOC exchange. Overall, the data from the laboratory and residential studies illustrate the potential for plant leaves to be used as cost effective, real-time indoor air VOC samplers. PMID:25434272

  8. SOURCE RECEPTOR STUDY OF VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS AND PARTICULATE MATTER IN THE KANAWHA VALLEY, WV - PART II: ANALYSIS OF FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO VOC AND PARTICLE EXPOSURES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The Kanawha Valley region of West Virginia includes a deep river valley with a large population living in close proximity to many potential sources of ambient volatile organics compounds (VOCs). he Valley runs approximately 100 km from Alloy to Nitro and is between 100 and 200 m ...

  9. PARAMETERS IMPACTING THE EMISSIONS OF SELECTED VOCS FROM THE TONER FOR A SPECIFIC PHOTOCOPIER

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper gives results of the measurement of emissions--using a laboratory thermal desorption apparatus--from a number of nominally identical photocopier toners (manufactured for use in a specific model copier) when the toners were heated to fuser temperature (180-200?C). The o...

  10. C6-Green leaf volatiles trigger local and systemic VOC emissions in tomato

    E-print Network

    Paré, Paul W.

    an equimolar amount of methyl jasmonate triggered only local emissions of terpenes. Labeling studies with 13 CO acid (JA), its methyl ester, certain amino acid conjugates, Glc esters, and various hydroxylated forms and salicylic acid derivatives vary among plant species, C6-volatiles produced from the catalytic activity

  11. Putting the heat on VOCs

    SciTech Connect

    Cloud, R.

    1995-09-01

    A tried-and-true technology for VOC control is oxidation, either catalytic or thermal. Oxidation units can destroy nearly 75 percent of the VOC and toxic emissions targeted by the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990. In fact, the Hazardous Organic NESHAP (HON) rule finalized last year for synthetic chemical processors specified combustion devices as a technology of choice for treating fumes from process vents or transfer operations. In 1995 alone, according to recent forecasts, U.S. industry will spend more than $200 million on fume incinerators, which represents about 40 percent of all VOC control equipment purchases. The decades-old technology operates on a simple premise: Sufficiently heating a VOC consisting of carbon and hydrogen, in the presence of oxygen, will reduce the VOC to harmless carbon dioxide and water. As with any incineration process, the critical elements of successful thermal treatment are time, temperature and turbulence. This means the waste gas must be kept at incineration temperature for an adequate amount of time, generally 0.75 to 1 second. To destroy 98 percent of VOCs, a thermal process will heat VOCs to about 1500 F; a catalytic system will heat the pollutants to around 700 F. Factors influencing the temperature of an individual application include the chemical makeup of the VOC and oxygen availability. Finally, turbulence ensures adequate contact between process air and VOCS, and may be achieved in a variety of ways, such as through the use of fluidized catalyst beds.

  12. Characterization of VOCs, ozone, and PM 10 emissions from office equipment in an environmental chamber

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. C Lee; Sanches Lam; Ho Kin Fai

    2001-01-01

    Indoor air pollution in working places is widely recognized as one of the most serious potential environment risks to human health (WHO, Indoor air quality research: Report on a WHO meeting Stockholm 1984, Euro-reports & Studies 103, WHO, Copenhagen, Denmark 1986, p. 1–64). A stainless steel flow-through environmental chamber was used to characterize the emissions rate of pollutants from office

  13. Volatile organic compound emissions from dairy facilities in central California

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from dairy facilities are thought to be an important contributor to high ozone levels in central California, but emissions inventories from these sources contain significant uncertainties. In this work, VOC emissions were measured at two central Califor...

  14. Estimation of VOCs and semivolatiles emission rate from an intermittently aerated bioreactor

    SciTech Connect

    Liao, Y.C.; Lee, D.J. [National Taiwan Univ., Taipei (Taiwan, Province of China). Dept. of Chemical Engineering] [National Taiwan Univ., Taipei (Taiwan, Province of China). Dept. of Chemical Engineering

    1997-03-01

    The activated sludge process is widely employed to treat municipal and industrial wastewater. The common design considers a continuous, constant flow-rate wastewater stream and a corresponding continuous air supply. Recently, intermittently aerated bioreactors, such as the sequencing batch reactor (SBR), have found great potential for more efficient wastewater treatment. A transient model considering the emission rate of volatile and semivolatile organic compounds from an intermittently aerated bioreactor is developed and solved analytically. If the aeration time is relatively short, and/or the overall mass transfer resistance is high, a large deviation can occur from the pseudo-steady-state mass transfer model by Chern and Yu or from the conventional ASCE standard model by Matter-Mueller et al.

  15. Ethanol emission from loose corn silage

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Silage and silage-containing feed on dairy farms have recently been identified as a source of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. In this work, we present measurements of ethanol (a dominant silage VOC) emission from loose corn silage samples made using a wind tunnel system. Flux of ethanol f...

  16. Analysis of mobile source air toxics (MSATs)?Near-Road VOC and carbonyl concentrations

    EPA Science Inventory

    Exposures to mobile source air toxics (MSATs) have been associated with numerous adverse health effects. While thousands of air toxic compounds are emitted from mobile sources, a subset of compounds are considered high priority due to their significant contribution to cancer and...

  17. TV picture-tube manufacturer uses regenerative catalytic oxidizer to reduce VOC emissions

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1995-11-01

    Toshiba Display Services, a television picture-tube manufacturer in Horseheads, NY, recently was able to meet stringent state regulations to reduce emissions from two of its film applications lines by installing a regenerative catalytic oxidation system. Toshiba officials initially evaluated several technologies to control volatile organic compounds. After deciding that oxidation was the best technology for its facility, the company invited a number of suppliers to submit proposals. Because all of the oxidation technologies considered by Toshiba had the capability to achieve the destruction and removal efficiency requirement, the company combined the second and third decision elements and conducted an in-depth comparison of the initial capital and ongoing operating costs for each proposal. Officials narrowed the field to two systems--the lowest-cost regenerative thermal oxidation system on the market and a regenerative catalytic oxidation system. The company selected St. Louis, Mo.-based Monsanto Enviro-Chem Systems Inc., to install its DynaCycle{reg_sign} regenerative catalytic oxidation system, marking the first Dyna-Cycle installation in a US television picture-tube facility.

  18. Roles of Uncontrollable VOC Emissions in the Regional Air Quality of the Seoul Metropolitan Area

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kim, S.; Jeong, D.; Lee, M.; Shim, H.; Kim, H. Y.; Park, J.; Park, H.; Kim, S.; Wolfe, G. M.; Guenther, A. B.; He, A.; Hong, Y.; Han, J.

    2014-12-01

    Roles of natural (uncontrollable) reactive gas emissions in the suburbs of East Asian megacities have been highlighted in determining secondary pollutant formation processes. We will discuss oxidation capacity controlled by anthropogenic-biogenic interactions by presenting a trace gas observational dataset from a forest research site near the Seoul Metropolitan Area (SMA). As uncertainty in isoprene-OH interaction from low to intermediate NO conditions has not been fully resolved yet, we will particularly highlight implications of uncertainty in OH levels to ozone production regimes and OVOC production potentials using an observationally constrained 0-D box model (UWCM v 2.1). Multiple scenarios such as different isopreneperoxy radical photochemistry schemes are adapted for the assessments. In addition, the evaluation of NO2 overestimation by a conventional chemiluminescence instrument with a Mo-converter routinely utilized NO2 observations in East Asia will be also discussed by comparing observational datasets from a Thermo 42i NOx analyzer and a LGR CRDS NO2 instrument from summer to fall. The discussion will be evolved to assess potential uncertainty caused by the overestimation from the previous regional photochemistry assessment studies.

  19. A Coupled Airflow and Source/Sink Model for Simulating Indoor VOC and Q. Chen2

    E-print Network

    Chen, Qingyan "Yan"

    02139, USA Abstract In this paper, a numerical model is presented to study the indoor air quality (IAQ; Indoor air quality; Emissions; Sorption; Ventilation; Modeling. Practical Implications Traditionally to design healthy and comfortable indoor environments. A numerical study has been carried out to predict

  20. CONTROLLING NOX EMISSION FROM INDUSTRIAL SOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    A number of regulatory actions focused on reducing NOx emissions from stationary combustion sources have been taken in the United States in the last decade. These actions include the Acid Rain NOx regulations, the Ozone Transport Commission's NOx ...

  1. INSTRUMENTAL SENSING OF STATIONARY SOURCE EMISSIONS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Remote sensing methods offer a number of advantages over contact measurement methods in the area of enforcement and surveillance of emissions from stationary sources. Several techniques have been developed that can measure the gas concentration, effluent velocity, and particulate...

  2. Radiation source with shaped emission

    DOEpatents

    Kubiak, Glenn D.; Sweatt, William C.

    2003-05-13

    Employing a source of radiation, such as an electric discharge source, that is equipped with a capillary region configured into some predetermined shape, such as an arc or slit, can significantly improve the amount of flux delivered to the lithographic wafers while maintaining high efficiency. The source is particularly suited for photolithography systems that employs a ringfield camera. The invention permits the condenser which delivers critical illumination to the reticle to be simplified from five or more reflective elements to a total of three or four reflective elements thereby increasing condenser efficiency. It maximizes the flux delivered and maintains a high coupling efficiency. This architecture couples EUV radiation from the discharge source into a ring field lithography camera.

  3. Using Pre-Modeled Scenarios to Estimate Groundwater VOC Concentrations Resulting from Vadose Zone Sources

    SciTech Connect

    Oostrom, Martinus; Truex, Michael J.; Rice, Amy K.; Johnson, Christian D.; Carroll, Kenneth C.; Becker, Dave; Simon, Michelle A.

    2014-04-28

    Soil vapor extraction (SVE) is a prevalent remediation approach for volatile contaminants in the vadose zone. To support selection of an appropriate endpoint for the SVE remedy, an evaluation is needed to determine whether vadose zone contamination has been diminished sufficiently to protect groundwater. When vapor-phase transport is an important component of the overall contaminant fate and transport from a vadose zone source, the contaminant concentration expected in groundwater is controlled by a limited set of parameters, including specific site dimensions, vadose zone properties, and source characteristics. An approach was developed for estimating the contaminant concentration in groundwater resulting from a contaminant source in the vadose zone based on pre-modeling contaminant transport for a matrix of parameter value combinations covering a range of potential site conditions. An interpolation and scaling process are then applied to estimate groundwater impact for site-specific conditions.

  4. Estimation of spatially resolved road transport emissions for air quality management applications in the North West region of England

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. J Lindley; D. E Conlan; D. W Raper; A. F. R Watson

    1999-01-01

    Spatially resolved estimates of combustion and non-combustion related emissions of CO, NOx, VOCs and PM from road transport sources have been made for the North West region of England in 1994. These have been generated using detailed emissions models for combustion related emissions of CO, NOx, VOCs and PM which take into account the different emissions profiles associated with particular

  5. Investigation of VOC radical sources in the Houston Area by the Solar Occultation Flux (SOF) method and Mobile DOAS

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mellqvist, J.; Johansson, J.; Samuelsson, J.; Offerle, B.; Rappenglueck, B.

    2010-12-01

    The Solar Occultation Flux (SOF) method and mobile DOAS technique were used to measure industrial emissions of volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde, NO2 and SO2 in the Houston area during the time period April 15 to June 11, 2009. The measurements were conducted as part of the campaign FLAIR (Formaldehyde and alkenes from Large Industrial Releases) with the aim to better understand the role of formaldehyde for the photochemical production of ozone. The SOF technique is an optical method utilizing the absorption of direct solar infrared radiation in the 1.8-14 µm range for the retrieval of total columns of various species such as ethylene, propylene, ammonia and alkanes. Mobile DOAS utilizes scattered light in the ultraviolet spectral region for measurements of HCHO, SO2 and NO2. A crude chemical model has been applied to interprete whether the measured formaldehyde in the industrial emission plumes is primary emitted or secondary produced from oxidation of alkenes. The measured emissions of alkenes in the Houston Ship channel area were a factor of 10 higher than reported in the emission inventories and corresponded to about 600 kg/h for both ethene and propene. Several individual industrial sources of formaldehyde were identified in the Houston area. The emissions from these sources were relativaly small and ranged from a few kg/h up to over 40 kg/h. In most cases it was interpreted with the model that these corresponded to primary emissions of formaldehyde. However, a few large scale measurements further downwind the Houston ship channel showed formaldehyde fluxes (over 1000 kg/h) that could not be explained by the sum of the individual sources measured. These numbers are consistent with secondary production of formaldehyde from the alkene sources. Our conclusion is hence that the dominant part of the formaldehyde around the the Houston ship channel is being secondary produced from alkenes rather than coming from direct emissions.

  6. Towards constraining sources of Unexplored VOC and their oxidation products in the forest environments

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. Kim; A. B. Guenther; T. Karl; J. Greenberg; P. C. Harley

    2010-01-01

    Unexplored BVOC and their oxidation products have been suspected as a main source of uncertainty for understanding tropospheric photochemical chemistry, controlling ozone and secondary organic aerosol formation on regional and global scales. For this reason, many studies have assessed the abundance of unexplored BVOC. One of the most effective ways to quantify unexplored BVOC is to compare measured and calculated

  7. Atomic emission sources for solution spectrochemistry

    SciTech Connect

    Zander, A.T.

    1986-09-01

    Atomic emission spectrometry (AES) is used for elemental determinations in various types of samples, many of which are solutions. The most significant development in AES in the past 15 years is the development of the inert gas, electrical discharge plasma excitation source. The author compares inductively coupled plasma, direct-current plasma, and microwave-induced plasma sources. 10 references, 5 figures, 4 tables.

  8. 40 CFR 60.562-2 - Standards: Equipment leaks of VOC.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... false Standards: Equipment leaks of VOC. 60.562-2 Section 60.562-2...Performance for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions from the Polymer Manufacturing...562-2 Standards: Equipment leaks of VOC. (a) Each owner or operator...

  9. Modeling Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation From Emissions of Combustion Sources

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jathar, Shantanu Hemant

    Atmospheric aerosols exert a large influence on the Earth's climate and cause adverse public health effects, reduced visibility and material degradation. Secondary organic aerosol (SOA), defined as the aerosol mass arising from the oxidation products of gas-phase organic species, accounts for a significant fraction of the submicron atmospheric aerosol mass. Yet, there are large uncertainties surrounding the sources, atmospheric evolution and properties of SOA. This thesis combines laboratory experiments, extensive data analysis and global modeling to investigate the contribution of semi-volatile and intermediate volatility organic compounds (SVOC and IVOC) from combustion sources to SOA formation. The goals are to quantify the contribution of these emissions to ambient PM and to evaluate and improve models to simulate its formation. To create a database for model development and evaluation, a series of smog chamber experiments were conducted on evaporated fuel, which served as surrogates for real-world combustion emissions. Diesel formed the most SOA followed by conventional jet fuel / jet fuel derived from natural gas, gasoline and jet fuel derived from coal. The variability in SOA formation from actual combustion emissions can be partially explained by the composition of the fuel. Several models were developed and tested along with existing models using SOA data from smog chamber experiments conducted using evaporated fuel (this work, gasoline, fischertropschs, jet fuel, diesels) and published data on dilute combustion emissions (aircraft, on- and off-road gasoline, on- and off-road diesel, wood burning, biomass burning). For all of the SOA data, existing models under-predicted SOA formation if SVOC/IVOC were not included. For the evaporated fuel experiments, when SVOC/IVOC were included predictions using the existing SOA model were brought to within a factor of two of measurements with minor adjustments to model parameterizations. Further, a volatility-only model suggested that differences in the volatility of the precursors were able to explain most of the variability observed in the SOA formation. For aircraft exhaust, the previous methods to simulate SOA formation from SVOC and IVOC performed poorly. A more physically-realistic modeling framework was developed, which was then used to show that SOA formation from aircraft exhaust was (a) higher for petroleum-based than synthetically derived jet fuel and (b) higher at lower engine loads and vice versa. All of the SOA data from combustion emissions experiments were used to determine source-specific parameterizations to model SOA formation from SVOC, IVOC and other unspeciated emissions. The new parameterizations were used to investigate their influence on the OA budget in the United States. Combustion sources were estimated to emit about 2.61 Tg yr-1 of SVOC, 1VOC and other unspeciated emissions (sixth of the total anthropogenic organic emissions), which are predicted to double SOA production from combustion sources in the United States. The contribution of SVOC and IVOC emissions to global SOA formation was assessed using a global climate model. Simulations were performed using a modified version of GISS GCM 11'. The modified model predicted that SVOC and IVOC contributed to half of the OA mass in the atmosphere. Their inclusion improved OA model-measurement comparisons for absolute concentrations, POA-SOA split and volatility (gas-particle partitioning) globally suggesting that atmospheric models need to incorporate SOA formation from SVOC and IVOC if they are to reasonably predict the abundance and properties of aerosols. This thesis demonstrates that SVOC/IVOC and possibly other unspeciated organics emitted by combustion sources are very important precursors of SOA and potentially large contributors to the atmospheric aerosol mass. Models used for research and policy applications need to represent them to improve model-predictions of aerosols on climate and health outcomes. The improved modeling frameworks developed in this dissertation are suitable for implementa

  10. Controlling NOx emission from industrial sources

    SciTech Connect

    Srivastava, R.K.; Nueffer, W.; Grano, D.; Khan, S.; Staudt, J.E.; Jozewicz, W. [US EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC (US). Office of Research & Development

    2005-07-01

    A number of regulatory actions focused on reducing NOx emissions from stationary combustion sources have been taken in the United States in the last decade. These actions include the Acid Rain NOx regulations, the Ozone Transport Commission's NOx Budget Program, and the NOx SIP Call rulemakings. In addition to these regulations, the recent Interstate Air Quality Rulemaking proposal and other bills in the Congress are focusing on additional reductions of NOx. Industrial combustion sources accounted for about 18016 of NOx emissions in the United States in 2000 and constituted the second largest emitting source category within stationary sources, only behind electric utility sources. Based on these data, reduction of NOx emissions from industrial combustion sources is an important consideration in efforts undertaken to address the environmental concerns associated with NOx. This paper discusses primary and secondary NOx control technologies applicable to various major categories of industrial sources. The sources considered in this paper include large boilers, furnaces and fired heaters, combustion turbines, large IC engines, and cement kilns. For each source category considered in this paper, primary NOx controls are discussed first, followed by a discussion of secondary NOx controls.

  11. ENDOCRINE DISRUPTING CHEMICAL EMISSIONS FROM COMBUSTION SOURCES: DIESEL PARTICULATE EMISSIONS AND DOMESTIC WASTE OPEN BURN EMISSIONS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Emissions of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) from combustion sources are poorly characterized due to the large number of compounds present in the emissions, the complexity of the analytical separations required, and the uncertainty regarding identification of chemicals with...

  12. Revealing source signatures in ambient BTEX concentrations.

    PubMed

    Zalel, Amir; Yuval; Broday, David M

    2008-11-01

    Management of ambient concentrations of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) is essential for maintaining low ozone levels in urban areas where its formation is under a VOC-limited regime. The significant decrease in traffic-induced VOC emissions in many developed countries resulted in relatively comparable shares of traffic and non-traffic VOC emissions in urban airsheds. A key step for urban air quality management is allocating ambient VOC concentrations to their pertinent sources. This study presents an approach that can aid in identifying sources that contribute to observed BTEX concentrations in areas characterized by low BTEX concentrations, where traditional source apportionment techniques are not useful. Analysis of seasonal and diurnal variations of ambient BTEX concentrations from two monitoring stations located in distinct areas reveal the possibility to identify source categories. Specifically, the varying oxidation rates of airborne BTEX compounds are used to allocate contributions of traffic emissions and evaporative sources to observed BTEX concentrations. PMID:18289752

  13. Receptor modeling of VOC data

    SciTech Connect

    Lewis, C.W.; Conner, T.L. [Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States). Atmospheric Research and Exposure Assessment Lab.; Henry, R.C.; Collins, J.F. [Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (United States). Civil Engineering Dept.

    1994-12-31

    Receptor modeling refers to a set of procedures for identifying and quantifying the sources of ambient air pollution impacting a monitoring site (receptor) primarily on the basis of chemical species concentration measurements at the receptor. In its purest form receptor modeling requires neither emissions inventory information nor meteorological data for its implementation.The very large quantities of volatile organic compound (VOC) ambient data that are beginning to be generated in the Photochemical Assessment Monitoring Stations (PAMS) network offer an unusual opportunity for receptor modeling applications. The authors will discuss primarily the Chemical Mass Balance (CMB) method of receptor modeling, illustrating it with recent results from analysis of the EPA 1990 Atlanta Ozone Precursor Study. The design of that study has many similarities (species measured, number of stations, etc.) to what is being implemented in PAMS, and thus provides a first assessment of the receptor modeling possibilities with PAMS data.

  14. Remote measurement of ground source emissivity

    SciTech Connect

    Henderson, J.R.

    1995-07-01

    The remote measurement of the emissivity of ground materials is of tremendous value in their identification and mapping. Traditional techniques use reflected solar radiation for this measurement for wavelengths shorter than 5 {mu}m. With the development of new techniques, the 10 Jim atmospheric transmission window might also be used for this purpose. Previous work using the multi-angle data acquisition technique demonstrated its utility to determine source thermal emission. Here we find the multi-angle technique can be used to determine the source specular reflectivity to {approximately}0.05 if there is very good system performance (NETD {approx} 0.01 K).

  15. Customizing a VOC control technology

    SciTech Connect

    Enneking, J.C.

    1998-12-31

    An extremely important but very difficult element in applying an emission control device to an exhaust stream is to chose the proper technology. Once it has been determined that recovery, rather than destruction, is appropriate, there are still several process choices available. The type of process is generally dictated by the VOC concentration and total air flow rate. Adsorption is usually chosen for low concentrations and high flow rates while refrigeration is usually best for high concentrations and low flow rates. This paper describes six applications. Adsorption was applied to two of them and condensation to the other four. Solvent vapors from a tape coating operation are recovered in an activated carbon adsorption process and reused. VOC`s from soil vapor extraction operations are captured by activated carbon which is regenerated by a mobile unit. VOC`s displaced from filling tank cars at a refinery are condensed at low temperatures in a high pressure system which uses a pressure swing dryer to remove water. Two different processes were installed to prevent VOC emissions from pharmaceutical processing plants. They both use a thermal swing dryer to remove moisture and low temperature condensation to recover the solvent. With very high concentrations of solvent in an inert gas stream, indirect condensation is used to purify the nitrogen and recover the solvent for reuse. Process flow diagrams and operating results are presented.

  16. Controlling NOx emission from industrial sources

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. K. Srivastava; W. Nueffer; D. Grano; S. Khan; J. E. Staudt; W. Jozewicz

    2005-01-01

    A number of regulatory actions focused on reducing NOx emissions from stationary combustion sources have been taken in the United States in the last decade. These actions include the Acid Rain NOx regulations, the Ozone Transport Commission's NOx Budget Program, and the NOx SIP Call rulemakings. In addition to these regulations, the recent Interstate Air Quality Rulemaking proposal and other

  17. 40 CFR 62.08 - Emission inventories and source surveillance.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...Emission inventories and source surveillance. 62.08 Section 62.08...Emission inventories and source surveillance. (a) Each subpart identifies the plan provisions for source surveillance which are disapproved,...

  18. CRITICAL EVALUATION OF THE DIFFUSION HYPOTHESIS IN THE THEORY OF POROUS MEDIA VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND (VOC) SOURCES AND SINKS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper proposes three alternative, diffusion-limited mathematical models to account for volatile organic compound (VOC) interactions with indoor sinks, using the linear isotherm model as a reference point. (NOTE: Recent reports by both the U.S. EPA and a study committee of the...

  19. DEVELOPING A NO-VOC WOOD TOPCOAT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper reports an evaluation of a new low-VOC (volatile organic compound) wood coating technology, its performance characteristics, and its application and emissions testing. The low-VOC wood coating selected for the project was a two-component, water-based epoxy coating. Poly...

  20. Constraining NOx and VOC emissions with GOME, SCIAMACHY, and OMI data for the study of long-term air quality in Los Angeles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kim, Si-Wan; McDonald, Brian; Richter, Andreas; Wittrock, Folkard; Burrows, John; Frost, Gregory; Harley, Robert; Trainer, Michael

    2015-04-01

    It is imperative to have accurate knowledge on changes in atmospheric composition for air quality and climate studies. Atmospheric chemistry-transport models are a useful tool for understanding and predicting atmospheric composition, but the reliability of the model results heavily depends on the accuracy of emission inventories that the models use. Satellite retrievals of tropospheric NO2 and HCHO during the past decades may help to constrain NOx and VOC emissions in urban areas. In this study, we choose the Los Angeles Basin in the US as a test site to quantify the long-term urban emissions using GOME, SCIAMACHY, and OMI data. Recent studies revealed that there have been large decreases in ozone and its precursors in Los Angeles before and since the beginning of the satellite observational period. By comparing satellite columns with the multi-year model simulations utilizing optimized emission inventories, we examine the accuracy of satellite NO2 and HCHO retrievals and explore the possibility of using multi-satellite data to improve our knowledge of long-term emissions.

  1. Modeling VOC transport in simulated waste drums

    SciTech Connect

    Liekhus, K.J.; Gresham, G.L.; Peterson, E.S.; Rae, C.; Hotz, N.J.; Connolly, M.J.

    1993-06-01

    A volatile organic compound (VOC) transport model has been developed to describe unsteady-state VOC permeation and diffusion within a waste drum. Model equations account for three primary mechanisms for VOC transport from a void volume within the drum. These mechanisms are VOC permeation across a polymer boundary, VOC diffusion across an opening in a volume boundary, and VOC solubilization in a polymer boundary. A series of lab-scale experiments was performed in which the VOC concentration was measured in simulated waste drums under different conditions. A lab-scale simulated waste drum consisted of a sized-down 55-gal metal drum containing a modified rigid polyethylene drum liner. Four polyethylene bags were sealed inside a large polyethylene bag, supported by a wire cage, and placed inside the drum liner. The small bags were filled with VOC-air gas mixture and the VOC concentration was measured throughout the drum over a period of time. Test variables included the type of VOC-air gas mixtures introduced into the small bags, the small bag closure type, and the presence or absence of a variable external heat source. Model results were calculated for those trials where the VOC permeability had been measured. Permeabilities for five VOCs [methylene chloride, 1,1,2-trichloro-1,2,2-trifluoroethane (Freon-113), 1,1,1-trichloroethane, carbon tetrachloride, and trichloroethylene] were measured across a polyethylene bag. Comparison of model and experimental results of VOC concentration as a function of time indicate that model accurately accounts for significant VOC transport mechanisms in a lab-scale waste drum.

  2. NOVEL NANOPARTICULATE CATALYSTS FOR IMPROVED VOC TREATMENT DEVICES - PHASE I

    EPA Science Inventory

    Catalytic oxidation of VOCs is increasingly used for treatment of large-volume emissions at relatively dilute VOC levels. The best performing catalytic oxidation devices for attainment of very high VOC destruction levels employ precious metal catalysts, the costs of which a...

  3. Removal of VOCs by Oxidation Reaction in Wet Scrubber

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Juntima Chungsiriporn; Charun Bunyakan; Romporn Nikom

    Emission of volatile organic compound (VOCs) including toluene, MEK, and acetone causes serious odour problem. The VOCs emitted from painting, coating, automotive, and printing industries generate air pollution, flammability problem and health effect. Wet scrubber, add-on control device, combining of absorption and oxidation reaction was used to treat the VOCs in polluted air. Solution of strong oxidizing agent, sodium hypochlorite

  4. Using vapor phase tomography to measure the spatial distribution of vapor concentrations and flux for vadose-zone VOC sources

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mainhagu, J.; Morrison, C.; Brusseau, M. L.

    2015-06-01

    A test was conducted at a chlorinated-solvent contaminated site in Tucson, AZ, to evaluate the effectiveness of vapor-phase tomography (VPT) for characterizing the distribution of volatile organic contaminants (VOC) in the vadose zone. A soil vapor extraction (SVE) system has been in operation at the site since 2007. Vapor concentration and vacuum pressure were measured at four different depths in each of the four monitoring wells surrounding the extraction well. The test provided a 3D characterization of local vapor concentrations under induced-gradient conditions. Permeability data obtained from analysis of borehole logs were used along with pressure and the vapor-concentration data to determine VOC mass flux within the test domain. A region of higher mass flux was identified in the deepest interval of the S-SW section of the domain, indicating the possible location of a zone with greater contaminant mass. These results are consistent with the TCE-concentration distribution obtained from sediment coring conducted at the site. In contrast, the results of a standard soil gas survey did not indicate the presence of a zone with greater contaminant mass. These results indicate that the VPT test provided a robust characterization of VOC concentration and flux distribution at the site.

  5. Using vapor phase tomography to measure the spatial distribution of vapor concentrations and flux for vadose-zone VOC sources.

    PubMed

    Mainhagu, J; Morrison, C; Brusseau, M L

    2015-01-01

    A test was conducted at a chlorinated-solvent contaminated site in Tucson, AZ, to evaluate the effectiveness of vapor-phase tomography (VPT) for characterizing the distribution of volatile organic contaminants (VOC) in the vadose zone. A soil vapor extraction (SVE) system has been in operation at the site since 2007. Vapor concentration and vacuum pressure were measured at four different depths in each of the four monitoring wells surrounding the extraction well. The test provided a 3D characterization of local vapor concentrations under induced-gradient conditions. Permeability data obtained from analysis of borehole logs were used along with pressure and the vapor-concentration data to determine VOC mass flux within the test domain. A region of higher mass flux was identified in the deepest interval of the S-SW section of the domain, indicating the possible location of a zone with greater contaminant mass. These results are consistent with the TCE-concentration distribution obtained from sediment coring conducted at the site. In contrast, the results of a standard soil gas survey did not indicate the presence of a zone with greater contaminant mass. These results indicate that the VPT test provided a robust characterization of VOC concentration and flux distribution at the site. PMID:25835545

  6. Cost effectiveness of Silent Discharge Plasma for point-of-use VOC emissions control in semiconductor fabrication

    SciTech Connect

    Cummings, M.; Coogan, J.

    1997-07-01

    Extensive research into the treatment and control of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from semiconductor industry manufacturing processes has identified the need for alternatives to existing combustion devices. Specifically, semiconductor manufacturing design is moving toward exploiting effective, small-scale, abatement control technologies for specific point-of-use (POU) waste streams associated with a particular component or manufacturing tool. The Silent Discharge Plasma (SDP) developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory is a nonthermal plasma technology created by a dielectric-ballasted electrical discharge. Influent gas-phase pollutants are destroyed in the reactor by the free radicals or electrons generated by the plasma. This paper examines the potential for SDP to be used in niche circumstances for POU control of VOC exhaust streams specific to the semiconductor industry. A sensitivity analysis is presented, showing how SDP cost of ownership is affected by changes in the major operational parameters of exhaust flow rate, target compound, destruction removal efficiency (DRE), and electrical duty cycle. The results of cost analysis show that SDP performance and cost effectiveness are flow rate- and compound-specific. The authors conclude that the Silent Discharge Plasma is a viable, cost effective technology under high-concentration, low-flow rate regimes, and for target compounds that have been empirically shown to be conducive to destruction via free radical chemistry.

  7. Evaluation of low-VOC latex paints

    SciTech Connect

    Chang, J.C.S.; Fortmann, R.C.; Roache, N.F.; Lao, H.C.

    1999-01-01

    The paper gives results of an evaluation of four commercially available low-VOC (volatile organic compound) latex paints as substitutes for conventional latex paints by assessing both their emission characteristics and their performance as coatings. Bulk analysis indicated that the VOC contents of all four paints are considerably lower than those of conventional latex paints. Low-VOC emissions were confirmed by small chamber emission tests. However, sigificant emissions of several aldehydes, especially formaldehyde, were detected from two of the paints. ASTM methods were used to evaluate the hiding power, scrubbability, washability, dry to touch, and yellowing index. The results indicated that one of the low-VOC paints tested showed performance equivalent or superior to that of a widely used conventional latex paint used as a control. It was concluded that low-VOC latex paint can be a viable option to replace conventional latex paints for prevention of indoor air pollution. However, paints marketed as low-VOC may still have significant emissions of some individual VOCs, and some may not have performance characteristics matching those of conventional latex paints.

  8. Evaluation of low-VOC latex paints

    SciTech Connect

    Chang, J.C.S.; Fortmann, R.C.; Roache, N.F.; Lao, H.C.

    1999-11-01

    The paper gives results of an evaluation of four commercially available low-VOC (volatile organic compound) latex paints as substitutes for conventional latex paints by assessing both their emission characteristics and their performance as coatings. Bulk analysis indicated that the VOC contents of all four paints are considerably lower than those of conventional latex paints. Low-VOC emissions were confirmed by small chamber emission tests. However, sigificant emissions of several aldehydes, especially formaldehyde, were detected from two of the paints. ASTM methods were used to evaluate the hiding power, scrubbability, washability, dry to touch, and yellowing index. The results indicated that one of the low-VOC paints tested showed performance equivalent or superior to that of a widely used conventional latex paint used as a control. It was concluded that low-VOC latex paint can be a viable option to replace conventional latex paints for prevention of indoor air pollution. However, paints marketed as low-VOC may still have significant emissions of some individual VOCs, and some may not have performance characteristics matching those of conventional latex paints.

  9. Recent VOC Control Test Data for a Reactive VOC Converter- Scrubber System for Non-Thermal Control of VOCs 

    E-print Network

    McGinness, M.

    2003-01-01

    HAP (Hazardous Air Pollutant) and VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) thermal emission control devices (ECD) usually require large amounts of energy to operate. They also require large capital investments in heat recovery options and large amounts...

  10. 40 CFR 60.694 - Permission to use alternative means of emission limitation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Standards of Performance for VOC Emissions From Petroleum Refinery Wastewater Systems § 60.694 Permission to use alternative means of emission limitation. (a) If, in the...

  11. 40 CFR 62.4622 - Emission inventories, source surveillance, reports.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 2010-07-01 false Emission inventories, source surveillance, reports. 62.4622 Section 62.4622 Protection...d) Plan) § 62.4622 Emission inventories, source surveillance, reports. (a) The requirements of §...

  12. Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources

    EPA Science Inventory

    This revision of the 2011 report, Accounting Framework for Biogenic CO2 Emissions from Stationary Sources, evaluates biogenic CO2 emissions from stationary sources, including a detailed study of the scientific and technical issues associated with assessing biogenic carbon dioxide...

  13. Thermal treatment for VOC control

    SciTech Connect

    Cloud, R.A. [Huntington Environmental Systems, Schaumburg, IL (United States)

    1998-07-01

    Catalytic and thermal oxidation are well-established technologies for controlling volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Oxidation destroys pollutants, rather than capturing them. Oxidation units can destroy nearly 100% of VOC and toxic emissions targeted by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990--some systems attain destruction efficiencies over 99.99%. To assist in the design of these systems, an engineer will often look a/t the heat of combustion of the gas stream, along with the type of pollutant, to best determine the correct type of oxidation device to use. The paper discusses catalytic and thermal oxidation, energy recovery, and equipment for these processes.

  14. Endocrine disrupting chemical emissions from combustion sources: diesel particulate emissions and domestic waste open burn emissions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sidhu, Sukh; Gullett, Brian; Striebich, Richard; Klosterman, Joy; Contreras, Jesse; DeVito, Michael

    Emissions of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) from combustion sources are poorly characterized due to the large number of compounds present in the emissions, the complexity of the analytical separations required, and the uncertainty regarding identification of chemicals with endocrine effects. In this work, multidimensional gas chromatographic-mass spectrometry (MDGC-MS) was used to characterize emissions from both controlled (diesel engine) and uncontrolled (open burning of domestic waste) combustion sources. The results of this study suggest that, by using MDGC-MS, one can resolve a much greater percentage of the chromatogram and identify about 84% of these resolved compounds. This increase in resolution helped to identify and quantify various classes of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the combustion emissions that had not been identified previously. Significant emissions (when compared to industrial sources) of known EDCs, dioctyl phthalate (over ˜2,500,000 kg year -1) and bisphenol A (over ˜75,000 kg year -1) were estimated from uncontrolled domestic waste burning. Emissions of several suspected EDCs (oxygenated PAHs) were observed in both diesel soot and the uncontrolled domestic waste burn samples. The emission rates of known and suspected EDCs estimated in this study suggest that combustion emissions need to be characterized for EDCs to further assess its importance as a source of EDC exposure.

  15. Noise source emissions, Richton Dome site, Mississippi

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1987-05-13

    Noise source data and use factors for modeling the environmental noise environment expected from salt-site repository activity were provided by Battelle Columbus Division. This report has been prepared for the purpose of documenting the development of the data provided to the Repository Project Management (RPM) organization. The data provided encompasses all phases of activity, from site preparation through construction of the exploratory shaft facility (ESF). Noise environments expected from construction and operation of transportation corridors associated with the activity were also modeled. Data for the construction of transportation corridors were provided. The equipment inventory, including sound-power levels for each item is included as Appendix A. Emission source terms provided by Parsons Brinckerhoff/PB-KBB for the ESF were used as a basis for the noise source emission inventory development. Where available, research results containing complete spectra were used. In cases where complete data were not available, a sound-pressure spectrum was synthesized from a characteristic spectrum shape from a similar piece of equipment. For example, a front-shovel excavator might be approximated by data from a front-end loader of similar horsepower range. Sound-power-level spectra were then calculated from the sound-pressure-level data. 14 refs.

  16. Emission source functions in heavy ion collisions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shapoval, V. M.; Sinyukov, Yu. M.; Karpenko, Iu. A.

    2013-12-01

    Three-dimensional pion and kaon emission source functions are extracted from hydrokinetic model (HKM) simulations of central Au+Au collisions at the top Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) energy sNN=200 GeV. The model describes well the experimental data, previously obtained by the PHENIX and STAR collaborations using the imaging technique. In particular, the HKM reproduces the non-Gaussian heavy tails of the source function in the pair transverse momentum (out) and beam (long) directions, observed in the pion case and practically absent for kaons. The role of rescatterings and long-lived resonance decays in forming the mentioned long-range tails is investigated. The particle rescattering contribution to the out tail seems to be dominating. The model calculations also show substantial relative emission times between pions (with mean value 13 fm/c in the longitudinally comoving system), including those coming from resonance decays and rescatterings. A prediction is made for the source functions in Large Hadron Collider (LHC) Pb+Pb collisions at sNN=2.76 TeV, which are still not extracted from the measured correlation functions.

  17. Analysis of US emissions from two mobile source emissions models: magnitude, spatial and temporal patterns, and effects on photochemical modeling outputs

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Simon, H. A.; Phillips, S.; Possiel, N.; Pouliot, G.; Koupal, J.; Michaels, H.

    2011-12-01

    Recently EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) released a new model to estimate emissions from onroad mobile sources. This new model, MOVES, is being phased in to replace the existing MOBILE6 model and has already been used in air quality modeling in support of several EPA rules. Preliminary NOx emissions estimates using monthly average temperatures and state-level fleet characteristics from MOVES are 70% higher nationwide than estimates from MOBILE6 for a 2005 annual inventory. In this talk, we will present MOVES emissions using more refined inputs including hourly temperature and speed values and county-level fleet characteristics. We compare the nationwide totals and spatial and temporal variability in emissions of NOx and VOC from the new MOVES run with the old MOBILE6 outputs for two months, January and July 2006. In addition, these emissions have been input into CMAQ photochemical modeling simulations. We present the differences in CMAQ estimates of NOx and ozone concentration across the US using MOVES versus MOBILE6 mobile source emissions inputs. In addition, we evaluate any changes in the responsiveness of the model predicted ozone concentrations to emissions reductions between the two mobile emissions models.

  18. Indoor air quality (IAQ) assessment in a multistorey shopping mall by high-spatial-resolution monitoring of volatile organic compounds (VOC).

    PubMed

    Amodio, M; Dambruoso, P R; de Gennaro, Gianluigi; de Gennaro, L; Loiotile, A Demarinis; Marzocca, A; Stasi, F; Trizio, L; Tutino, M

    2014-12-01

    In order to assess indoor air quality (IAQ), two 1-week monitoring campaigns of volatile organic compounds (VOC) were performed in different areas of a multistorey shopping mall. High-spatial-resolution monitoring was conducted at 32 indoor sites located in two storehouses and in different departments of a supermarket. At the same time, VOC concentrations were monitored in the mall and parking lot area as well as outdoors. VOC were sampled at 48-h periods using diffusive samplers suitable for thermal desorption. The samples were then analyzed with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The data analysis and chromatic maps indicated that the two storehouses had the highest VOC concentrations consisting principally of terpenes. These higher TVOC concentrations could be a result of the low efficiency of the air exchange and intake systems, as well as the large quantity of articles stored in these small spaces. Instead, inside the supermarket, the food department was the most critical area for VOC concentrations. To identify potential emission sources in this department, a continuous VOC analyzer was used. The findings indicated that the highest total VOC concentrations were present during cleaning activities and that these activities were carried out frequently in the food department. The study highlights the importance of conducting both high-spatial-resolution monitoring and high-temporal-resolution monitoring. The former was able to identify critical issues in environments with a complex emission scenario while the latter was useful in interpreting the dynamics of each emission source. PMID:24448884

  19. Road-network-Based spatial allocation of on-road mobile source emissions in the Pearl River Delta region, China, and comparisons with population-based approach.

    PubMed

    Zheng, Junyu; Che, Wenwei; Wang, Xuemei; Louie, Peter; Zhong, Liuju

    2009-12-01

    Gridded air pollutant emission inventories are prerequisites for using air quality models to assess air pollution control strategies and predict air quality. A precise gridded emission inventory will help improve the accuracy of air quality simulation. Mobile source emissions are one of the major contributors to volatile organic compound (VOC) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollutants, the precursors of ozone formation. However, because of the complexity of road networks and variations in traffic flows at different road types and locations, spatial allocation of emissions from mobile sources into grid cells is challenging. This paper proposes a new methodological framework, named as "the road-network-based approach," for spatially allocating regional mobile source emission inventories. The new approach utilizes the Geographic Information System (GIS)-based road network information and road-types-based traffic flow data to provide spatial surrogates for allocating Pearl River Delta (PRD) regional mobile source emission inventories. The results show that the new approach provides reasonable spatial distributions of mobile source emissions, and the distributions are in good agreement with PRD regional on-road emission line sources. Comparisons between using the population-based and the new road-network-based approaches are made. The air quality modeling results indicate that the new approach can obviously improve model predictions with increasing accuracy in mobile source emission allocations. Means of choosing appropriate approaches for spatially allocating regional mobile source emissions are discussed. PMID:20066906

  20. Source gases: Concentrations, emissions, and trends

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Fraser, Paul J.; Harriss, Robert; Penkett, Stuart A.; Makide, Yoshihiro; Sanhueza, Eugenio; Alyea, Fred N.; Rowland, F. Sherwood; Blake, Don; Sasaki, Toru; Cunnold, Derek M.

    1991-01-01

    Source gases are defined as those gases that influence levels of stratospheric ozone (O3) by transporting species containing halogen, hydrogen, and nitrogen to the stratosphere. Examples are the CFC's, methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O). Other source gases that also come under consideration in an atmospheric O3 context are those that are involved in the O3 or hydroxyl (OH) radical chemistry of the troposphere. Examples are CH4, carbon monoxide (CO), and nonmethane hydrocarbons (NMHC's). Most of the source gases, along with carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor (H2O), are climatically significant and thus affect stratospheric O3 levels by their influence on stratospheric temperatures. Carbonyl sulphide (COS) could affect stratospheric O3 through maintenance of the stratospheric sulphate aerosol layer, which may be involved in heterogeneous chlorine-catalyzed O3 destruction. The previous reviews of trends and emissions of source gases, either from the context of their influence on atmospheric O3 or global climate change, are updated. The current global abundances and concentration trends of the trace gases are given in tabular format.

  1. Microscopic fungi as significant sesquiterpene emission sources

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    HorváTh, Eszter; Hoffer, AndráS.; Seb?K, Flóra; Dobolyi, Csaba; Szoboszlay, SáNdor; Kriszt, BaláZs; GelencséR, AndráS.

    2011-08-01

    Among the volatile organic compounds emitted by vegetation, isoprene, monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and their derivatives are thought to contribute to secondary organic aerosol formation. Although it is well known that microscopic fungi globally turn over vast amount of carbon by decomposing the organic matter in the soil, vegetation is considered as the exclusive source of biogenic secondary organic aerosol precursors in various atmospheric models. Secondary fungal metabolites including sesquiterpenes have been recognized as characteristic volatile organic compounds emitted by fungi. In the present study, we investigated the rates of sesquiterpene emission of microscopic fungi to establish their potential significance compared to those from vegetation. To sample the headspace of the pure culture of some common fungi, we used an aseptic flow-through apparatus designed for solid phase microextraction in our laboratory. The identified sesquiterpenes in the headspace extracts were quantified for eight strains of microscopic fungi belonging to four different genera. Our results showed that microscopic fungi emit a considerable amount of sesquiterpenes. Based on our first estimations microscopic fungi may be considered as potentially significant sesquiterpene emission sources whose contribution to secondary organic aerosol formation may be comparable to that of vegetation.

  2. Source identification of benzene emissions in Texas City using an adjoint neighborhood scale transport model

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Guven, B.; Olaguer, E. P.; Herndon, S. C.; Kolb, C. E.; Cuclis, A.

    2012-12-01

    During the "Formaldehyde and Olefins from Large Industrial Sources" (FLAIR) study in 2009, the Aerodyne Research Inc. (ARI) mobile laboratory performed real-time in situ measurements of VOCs, NOx and HCHO in Texas City, TX on May 7, 2009 from 11 am to 3 pm. This high resolution dataset collected in a predominantly industrial area provides an ideal test bed for advanced source attribution. Our goal was to identify and quantify emission sources within the largest facility in Texas City most likely responsible for measured benzene concentrations. For this purpose, fine horizontal resolution (200 m x 200 m) 4D variational (4Dvar) inverse modeling was performed by running the HARC air quality transport model in adjoint mode based on ambient concentrations measured by the mobile laboratory. The simulations were conducted with a horizontal domain size of 4 km x 4 km for a four-hour period (11 am to 3 pm). Potential emission unit locations within the facility were specified using a high spatial resolution digital model of the largest industrial complex in the area. The HARC model was used to infer benzene emission rates from all potential source locations that would account for the benzene concentrations measured by the Aerodyne mobile laboratory in the vicinity of the facility. A Positive Matrix Factorization receptor model was also applied to the concentrations of other compounds measured by the mobile lab to support the source attribution by the inverse model. Although previous studies attributed measured benzene concentrations during the same time period to a cooling tower unit at the industrial complex, this study found that some of the flare units in the facility were also associated with the elevated benzene concentrations. The emissions of some of these flare units were found to be greater than reported in emission inventories, by up to two orders of magnitude.

  3. The Sensitivity of U.S. Surface Ozone Formation to NOx, and VOCs as Viewed from Space

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Duncan, Bryan N.; Yoshida, Yasuko; Sillman, Sanford; Retscher, Christian; Pickering, Kenneth E.; Martin, Randall V.; Celarier, Edward A.

    2009-01-01

    We investigated variations in the sensitivity of surface ozone formation in summer to precursor species concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NO(x)) as inferred from the ratio of tropospheric columns of formaldehyde and nitrogen dioxide from the Aura Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI). The data indicate that ozone formation became: 1. more sensitive to NO(x) over most of the U.S, from 2005 to 2007 because of substantial decreases in NO(x) emissions primarily from stationary sources, and 2. more sensitive to NO(x) with increasing temperature, in part because emissions of highly reactive, biogenic isoprene increase with temperature, thus increasing the total VOC reactivity. Based on our interpretation of the data, current strategies implemented to reduce unhealthy levels of surface ozone should focus more on reducing NO(x) emissions, except in some downtown areas which have historically benefited from reductions in VOC emissions.

  4. GLYCOL DEHYDRATOR BTEX AND VOC EMISSIONS TESTING RESULTS AT TWO UNITS IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA - VOLUME II. APPENDICES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of the collection of emissions tests data at two triethylene glycol (TEG) units to provide data for comparison to GRI-GLYCalc, a computer program developed to estimate emissions from glycol dehydrators. (NOTE: Glycol dehydrators are used in the natural ga...

  5. GLYCOL DEHYDRATOR BTEX AND VOC EMISSIONS TESTING RESULTS AT TWO UNITS IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA - VOLUME I. TECHNICAL REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of the collection of emissions tests data at two triethylene glycol (TEG) units to provide data for comparison to GRI-GLYCalc, a computer program developed to estimate emissions from glycol dehydrators. (NOTE: Glycol dehydrators are used in the natural ga...

  6. GLYCOL DEHYDRATOR BTEX AND VOC EMISSIONS TESTING RESULTS AT TWO UNITS IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA VOL. II: APPENDICES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of the collection of emissions test data st two triethylene glycol units to provide data for the comparison to GRI-GLYCalc, a computer program developed to estimate emissions from glycol dehydrators. [NOTE: Glycol dehydrators are used in the natural gas i...

  7. GLYCOL DEHYDRATOR BTEX AND VOC EMISSIONS TESTING RESULTS AT TWO UNITS IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA VOL. I: TECHNICAL REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of the collection of emissions tests data at two triethylene glycol units to provide data for comparison to GRI-GLYCalc, a computer program developed to estimate emissions from glycol dehydrators. (NOTE: Glycol dehydrators are used in the natural gas indu...

  8. Impacts of seasonal and regional variability in biogenic VOC emissions on surface ozone in the Pearl River Delta region, China

    SciTech Connect

    Situ, S.; Guenther, Alex B.; Wang, X. J.; Jiang, X.; Turnipseed, A.; Wu, Z.; Bai, J.; Wang, X.

    2013-12-05

    In this study, the BVOC emissions in November 2010 over the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region in southern China have been estimated by the latest version of a Biogenic Volatile Organic Compound (BVOC) emission model (MEGAN v2.1). The evaluation of MEGAN performance at a representative forest site within this region indicates MEGAN can estimate BVOC emissions reasonably well in this region except overestimating isoprene emission in autumn for reasons that are discussed in this manuscript. Along with the output from MEGAN, the Weather Research and Forecasting model with chemistry (WRF-Chem) is used to estimate the impacts of BVOC emissions on surface ozone in the PRD region. The results show BVOC emissions increase the daytime ozone peak by *3 ppb on average, and the max hourly impacts of BVOC emissions on the daytime ozone peak is 24.8 ppb. Surface ozone mixing ratios in the central area of Guangzhou- Foshan and the western Jiangmen are most sensitive to BVOC emissions BVOCs from outside and central PRD influence the central area of Guangzhou-Foshan and the western Jiangmen significantly while BVOCs from rural PRD mainly influence the western Jiangmen. The impacts of BVOC emissions on surface ozone differ in different PRD cities, and the impact varies in different seasons. Foshan and Jiangmen being most affected in autumn, result in 6.0 ppb and 5.5 ppb increases in surface ozone concentrations, while Guangzhou and Huizhou become more affected in summer. Three additional experiments concerning the sensitivity of surface ozone to MEGAN input variables show that surface ozone is more sensitive to landcover change, followed by emission factors and meteorology.

  9. SOURCE SAMPLING OF PARTICULATE MATTER EMISSIONS FROM COTTON HARVESTING: SYSTEM FIELD TESTING AND EMISSION FACTOR DEVELOPMENT

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. D. Wanjura; W. B. Faulkner; C. B. Parnell; B. W. Shaw; S. C. Capareda; R. E. Lacey

    Emission factors are used in the air pollution regulatory process to quantify the mass of pollutants emitted from a source. Accurate emission factors must be used in the air pollution regulatory process to ensure fair and appropriate regulation for all sources. Agricultural sources, including cotton production operations, are not exempt from air quality regulation. Particulate matter (PM) emissions from agricultural

  10. Characterization of Industrial Emission Sources and Photochemistry in Houston, Texas

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. A. Washenfelder; E. L. Atlas; J. Degouw; F. M. Flocke; A. Fried; G. J. Frost; J. Holloway; D. Richter; T. B. Ryerson; S. Schauffler; J. Walega; C. Warneke; P. Weibring; W. Zheng

    2009-01-01

    The Houston-Galveston urban area contains a number of large industrial petrochemical emission sources that produce volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides. These co-located emissions result in rapid and efficient ozone production downwind. Unlike a single large power plant, the industrial complexes consist of numerous sources that can be difficult to quantify in emission inventories. During September - October 2006, the

  11. Comparison of Seasonal Phenol and p-cresol Emissions from Ground Level Area Sources in a Dairy Operation in Central Texas

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. S. Borhan; S. Capareda; S. Mukhtar; W. B. Faulkner; R. McGee; C. B. Parnell Jr

    2011-01-01

    While there are more than 200 odor-causing volatile organic compounds (VOCs), phenol and p-cresol are two prominent odor-causing VOCs found downwind from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The VOC emissions from cattle and dairy production are difficult to quantify accurately because of their low concentrations, spatial variability, and limitations of available instruments. To quantify VOCs, a protocol following EPA method

  12. Comparison of seasonal phenol and p-cresol emissions from ground-level area sources in a dairy operation in central Texas

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. S. Borhan; S. Capareda; S. Mukhtar; W. B. Faulkner; R. McGee; C. B. Parnell Jr

    2012-01-01

    Although there are more than 200 odor-causing volatile organic compounds (VOCs), phenol and p-cresol are two prominent odor-causing VOCs found downwind from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The VOC emissions from cattle and dairy production are difficult to quantify accurately because of their low concentrations, spatial variability, and limitations of available instruments. To quantify VOCs, a protocol following U.S. Environmental

  13. THE INTEGRATION MODELING FRAMEWORK FOR ESTIMATING MOBILE SOURCE EMISSIONS

    E-print Network

    Rakha, Hesham A.

    -following, vehicle dynamics, lane changing, energy, and emission models to estimate mobile source emissions directly, as well as model the intricacies of vehicle fuel consumption and emissions that result from these vehicle dynamics. Consequently, the assessment of the energy and emission impacts of alternative investments can

  14. 75 FR 68296 - Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources and Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources...

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2010-11-05

    ...Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources: Sewage Sludge Incineration Units; Correction...Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources: Sewage Sludge Incineration Units.'' The proposed...action, EPA proposed NSPS and EG for sewage sludge incineration (SSI)...

  15. 40 CFR 60.634 - Alternative means of emission limitation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Standards of Performance for Equipment Leaks of VOC From Onshore Natural Gas Processing Plants. § 60.634 Alternative means of emission limitation. (a) If, in the...

  16. 40 CFR 60.634 - Alternative means of emission limitation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...CONTINUED) STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE FOR NEW STATIONARY SOURCES Standards of Performance for Equipment Leaks of VOC From Onshore Natural Gas Processing Plants § 60.634 Alternative means of emission limitation. (a) If, in the...

  17. PAVED ROAD PARTICULATE EMISSIONS: SOURCE CATEGORY REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of extensive field tests to develop emission factors for particulate emissions generated by traffic entrainment of paved road surface particulate matter. Using roadway surface silt loading as the basis, predictive emission factor equations for each partic...

  18. Evaluation of mobile source emission trends in the United States

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Timothy R. Dallmann; Robert A. Harley

    2010-01-01

    A fuel-based approach is used to estimate exhaust emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) from mobile sources in the United States for the years 1996–2006. Source categories considered include on-road and off-road gasoline and diesel engines. Pollutant emissions for each mobile source category were estimated by combining fuel consumption with emission factors expressed per unit of

  19. DEVELOPMENT OF LASER-BASED SENSORS FOR VOC/NOX AND METALS EMISSIONS MONITORING, CP 1060-97

    EPA Science Inventory

    This project addresses the growing Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy (DOE) needs to monitor air emissions in order to comply with more stringent regulatory pressures, such as the Clean Air Act Amendment (CAAA). Specifically, we are focused on the development of...

  20. SOURCES OF ORGANIC AEROSOL: SEMIVOLATILE EMISSIONS AND PHOTOCHEMICAL AGING

    EPA Science Inventory

    The proposed research integrates emissions testing, smog chamber experiments, and regional chemical transport models (CTMs) to investigate the sources of organic aerosol in urban and regional environments. ...

  1. Solutions for VOC and HAPS control on natural gas fired internal combustion engines

    SciTech Connect

    Marcus, J.Z. [Enviroplan, Inc., Roseland, NJ (United States); Sleigh, S. [CNG Transmission Corp., Clarksburg, WV (United States); Cotherman, R. [ENOx Technologies, Inc., Natick, MA (United States)

    1996-12-31

    Natural gas fired stationary internal combustion engines (IC engines) emit volatile organic compounds (VOC) and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) as part of their normal operations. VOC and HAP emissions are coming under increased scrutiny with the advent of such Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 regulations as Title I`s Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT), Title III`s Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) and Title V`s Operating Permit Program (Title V). In addition, many states are imposing more stringent emission limits on these sources. These emissions may also contribute to the reportable chemicals from the total facility under SARA Title III. Numerous facilities nationwide are interested in reducing these emissions in order to comply with current requirements, to opt out of requirements or to reduce reportable chemicals. This paper will examine the source of these emissions, and discuss combustion control technologies and system operating flexibility, end-of-pipe control technologies, and system tuning opportunities which have the potential to reduce VOC and HAP emissions from IC engines. Data will be presented on potential emission reduction efficiencies achievable using the various control options. 7 refs., 4 tabs.

  2. Compost spreading in Mediterranean shrubland indirectly increases biogenic emissions by promoting growth of VOC-emitting plant parts

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Olivier, Romain; Lavoir, Anne-Violette; Ormeño, Elena; Mouillot, Florent; Greff, Stéphane; Lecareux, Caroline; Staudt, Michael; Fernandez, Catherine

    2011-07-01

    We investigated the effect of sewage sludge compost spreading on plant growth and leaf terpene emissions and content of Quercus coccifera, Rosmarinus officinalis and Cistus albidus in a Mediterranean shrubland. Measurements were performed during 3 consecutive summers on 2 different plots treated in 2002 or 2007 with 50 or 100 tons of compost per hectare, corresponding to observations carried out 2 months to 7 years after spreading. A slight nutrient enrichment of soil and leaves ( R. officinalis and C. albidus) was observed, especially for phosphorous. Terpene emissions were not affected by compost spreading, although they tended to increase on treated plots after 6 and 7 years for R. officinalis and C. albidus respectively. Terpene content was not affected by any compost treatment. Leaf and stem growth were significantly enhanced by compost spreading after 2 and/or 7 years in all species with little difference between doses. Total leaf biomass on the last growth units was increased by more than 50% in C. albidus and more than 90% in Q. coccifera. The results suggest that compost spreading in Meditteranean shrublands has no or little direct effect on leaf terpene emissions, but indirectly leads to their increase through leaf biomass enhancement. Simulation of terpene emissions at stand level revealed an increase of terpene fluxes ranging between 6 and 13%, depending on the plant species. Overall, compost spreading was assessed to result in an emission rate of 1.1 kg ha -1 y -1 for a typical Q. coccifera shrubland, but can reach 2.6 kg ha -1 y -1 for a typical R. officinalis shrubland.

  3. Constraining Emission Models of Luminous Blazar Sources

    SciTech Connect

    Sikora, Marek; /Warsaw, Copernicus Astron. Ctr.; Stawarz, Lukasz; /Kipac, Menlo Park /Jagiellonian U., Astron. Observ. /SLAC; Moderski, Rafal; Nalewajko, Krzysztof; /Warsaw, Copernicus Astron. Ctr.; Madejski, Greg; /KIPAC, Menlo Park /SLAC

    2009-10-30

    Many luminous blazars which are associated with quasar-type active galactic nuclei display broad-band spectra characterized by a large luminosity ratio of their high-energy ({gamma}-ray) and low-energy (synchrotron) spectral components. This large ratio, reaching values up to 100, challenges the standard synchrotron self-Compton models by means of substantial departures from the minimum power condition. Luminous blazars have also typically very hard X-ray spectra, and those in turn seem to challenge hadronic scenarios for the high energy blazar emission. As shown in this paper, no such problems are faced by the models which involve Comptonization of radiation provided by a broad-line-region, or dusty molecular torus. The lack or weakness of bulk Compton and Klein-Nishina features indicated by the presently available data favors production of {gamma}-rays via up-scattering of infrared photons from hot dust. This implies that the blazar emission zone is located at parsec-scale distances from the nucleus, and as such is possibly associated with the extended, quasi-stationary reconfinement shocks formed in relativistic outflows. This scenario predicts characteristic timescales for flux changes in luminous blazars to be days/weeks, consistent with the variability patterns observed in such systems at infrared, optical and {gamma}-ray frequencies. We also propose that the parsec-scale blazar activity can be occasionally accompanied by dissipative events taking place at sub-parsec distances and powered by internal shocks and/or reconnection of magnetic fields. These could account for the multiwavelength intra-day flares occasionally observed in powerful blazars sources.

  4. Emissivity Tuned Emitter for RTPV Power Sources

    SciTech Connect

    Carl M. Stoots; Robert C. O'Brien; Troy M. Howe

    2012-03-01

    Every mission launched by NASA to the outer planets has produced unexpected results. The Voyager I and II, Galileo, and Cassini missions produced images and collected scientific data that totally revolutionized our understanding of the solar system and the formation of the planetary systems. These missions were enabled by the use of nuclear power. Because of the distances from the Sun, electrical power was produced using the radioactive decay of a plutonium isotope. Radioisotopic Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) used in the past and currently used Multi-Mission RTGs (MMRTGs) provide power for space missions. Unfortunately, RTGs rely on thermocouples to convert heat to electricity and are inherently inefficient ({approx} 3-7% thermal to electric efficiency). A Radioisotope Thermal Photovoltaic (RTPV) power source has the potential to reduce the specific mass of the onboard power supply by increasing the efficiency of thermal to electric conversion. In an RTPV, a radioisotope heats an emitter, which emits light to a photovoltaic (PV) cell, which converts the light into electricity. Developing an emitter tuned to the desired wavelength of the photovoltaic is a key part in increasing overall performance. Researchers at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) have built a Thermal Photovoltaic (TPV) system, that utilizes a simulated General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) from a MMRTG to heat a tantalum emitter. The GPHS is a block of graphite roughly 10 cm by 10 cm by 5 cm. A fully loaded GPHS produces 250 w of thermal power and weighs 1.6 kgs. The GRC system relies on the GPHS unit radiating at 1200 K to a tantalum emitter that, in turn, radiates light to a GaInAs photo-voltaic cell. The GRC claims system efficiency of conversion of 15%. The specific mass is around 167 kg/kWe. A RTPV power source that utilized a ceramic or ceramic-metal (cermet) matrix would allow for the combination of the heat source, canister, and emitter into one compact unit, and allow variation in size and shape to optimize temperature and emission spectra.

  5. RESEARCH AREA -- MOBILE SOURCE EMISSIONS (EMISSIONS CHARACTERIZATION AND PREVENTION BRANCH, APPCD, NRMRL)

    EPA Science Inventory

    The objective of this program is to characterize mobile source emissions which are one of the largest sources of tropospheric ozone precursor emissions (CO, NOx, and volotile organic compounds) in the U.S. The research objective of the Emissions Characterization and Prevention Br...

  6. RESEARCH ON EMISSIONS AND MITIGATION OF POP'S FROM COMBUSTION SOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    Chapter summarizes EPA's research on emissions and control of persistent organic pollutants (POPS) from combustion sources, with emphasis on source characterization and measurement, formation and destruction mechanisms, formation prevention, and flue gas cleaning. Laboratory exp...

  7. SOURCES, EMISSION AND EXPOSURE TO TRICHLOROETHYLENE (TCE) AND RELATED CHEMICALS

    EPA Science Inventory

    This report documents the sources, emission, environmental fate and exposures for TCE, some of its metabolites, and some other chemicals known to produce identical metabolites. The major findings for TCE are: The primary sources releasing TCE to the environment ...

  8. Applicability of gasoline containing ethanol as Thailand's alternative fuel to curb toxic VOC pollutants from automobile emission

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Shing Tet Leong; S Muttamara; Preecha Laortanakul

    2002-01-01

    Emission rates of benzene, toluene, m-xylene, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde were measured in a fleet of 16 in-use vehicles. The test was performed on a chassis dynamometer incorporated with Bangkok Driving Cycle test mode. Three different test fuels: unleaded gasoline, gasoline blended with 10% ethanol (E10) and gasoline blended with 15% ethanol (E15) were used to determine the different compositions of

  9. NONFERROUS INDUSTRY PARTICULATE EMISSIONS: SOURCE CATEGORY REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of the development of particulate emission factors based on cutoff size for inhalable particles for the nonferrous industry. After a review of available information characterizing particulate emissions from nonferrous plants, the data were summarized and ...

  10. 40 CFR 60.634 - Alternative means of emission limitation.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...Standards of Performance for Equipment Leaks of VOC From Onshore Natural Gas Processing Plants...emission limitation will achieve a reduction in VOC emissions at least equivalent to the reduction in VOC emissions achieved under any design,...

  11. EMISSIONS FORECASTS FOR INDUSTRIAL PROCESS SOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives national and regional air emissions forecasts from several sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide (SOx and NOx) emissions control Process Model Projection Technique (PROMPT) test runs. PROMPT, one of a number of National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program emission fo...

  12. Silicon Nanoparticles: Source of Extended Red Emission?

    E-print Network

    A. N. Witt; K. D. Gordon; D. G. Furton

    1998-05-01

    We have reviewed the characteristics of the extended red emission (ERE) as observed in many dusty astronomical environments, in particular, the diffuse interstellar medium of the Galaxy. The spectral nature and the photon conversion efficiency of the ERE identify the underlying process as highly efficient photoluminescence by an abundant component of interstellar dust. We have compared the photoluminescence properties of a variety of carbon- and silicon-based materials proposed as sources for the ERE with the observationally established constraints. We found that silicon nanoparticles provide the best match to the spectrum and the efficiency requirement of the ERE. If present in interstellar space with an abundance sufficient to explain the intensity of the ERE, silicon nanoparticles will also contribute to the interstellar 9.7 micron Si-O stretch feature in absorption, to the near- and mid-IR nonequilibrium thermal background radiation, and to the continuum extinction in the near- and far-UV. About 36% of the interstellar silicon depleted into the dust phase would be needed in the form of silicon nanoparticles, amounting to less than 5% of the interstellar dust mass. We propose that silicon nanoparticles form through the nucleation of SiO in oxygen-rich stellar mass outflows and that they represent an important small-grain component of the interstellar dust spectrum.

  13. Study of acoustic emission sources and signals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pumarega, M. I. López; Armeite, M.; Oliveto, M. E.; Piotrkowski, R.; Ruzzante, J. E.

    2002-05-01

    Methods of acoustic emission (AE) signal analysis give information about material conditions, since AE generated in stressed solids can be used to indicate cracks and defect positions so as their damaging potential. We present a review of results of laboratory AE tests on metallic materials. Rings of seamless steel tubes, with and without oxide layers, were cut and then deformed by opening their ends. Seamless Zry-4 tubes were submitted to hydraulic stress tests until rupture with a purposely-constructed hydraulic system. In burst type signals, their parameters, Amplitude (A), Duration (D) and Risetime (R), were statistically studied. Amplitudes were found to follow the Log-normal distribution. This led to infer that the detected AE signal, is the complex consequence of a great number of random independent sources, which individual effects are linked. We could show, using cluster analysis for A, D and R mean values, with 5 clusters, coincidence between the clusters and the test types. A slight linear correlation was obtained for the parameters A and D. The arrival time of the AE signals was also studied, which conducted to discussing Poisson and Polya processes. The digitized signals were studied as (1/f)? noises. The general results are coherent if we consider the AE phenomena in the frame of Self Organized Criticality theory.

  14. Proton emission from a laser ion source.

    PubMed

    Torrisi, L; Cavallaro, S; Cutroneo, M; Margarone, D; Gammino, S

    2012-02-01

    At intensities of the order of 10(10) W?cm(2), ns pulsed lasers can be employed to ablate solid bulk targets in order to produce high emission of ions at different charge state and kinetic energy. A special interest is devoted to the production of protons with controllable energy and current from a roto-translating target irradiated in repetition rate at 1-10 Hz by a Nd:Yag pulsed laser beam. Different hydrogenated targets based on polymers and hydrates were irradiated in high vacuum. Special nanostrucutres can be embedded in the polymers in order to modify the laser absorption properties and the amount of protons to be accelerated in the plasma. For example, carbon nanotubes may increase the laser absorption and the hydrogen absorption to generate high proton yields from the plasma. Metallic nanostrucutres may increase the electron density of the plasma and the kinetic energy of the accelerated protons. Ion collectors, ion energy analyzer, and mass spectrometers, used in time-of-flight configuration, were employed to characterize the ion beam properties. A comparison with traditional proton ion source is presented and discussed. PMID:22380289

  15. Trends of VOC exposures among a nationally representative sample: Analysis of the NHANES 1988 through 2004 data sets

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Su, Feng-Chiao; Mukherjee, Bhramar; Batterman, Stuart

    2011-09-01

    Exposures to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are ubiquitous due to emissions from personal, commercial and industrial products, but quantitative and representative information regarding long term exposure trends is lacking. This study characterizes trends from 1988 to 2004 for the 15 VOCs measured in blood in five cohorts of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a large and representative sample of U.S. adults. Trends were evaluated at various percentiles using linear quantile regression (QR) models, which were adjusted for solvent-related occupations and cotinine levels. Most VOCs showed decreasing trends at all quantiles, e.g., median exposures declined by 2.5 (m,p-xylene) to 6.4 (tetrachloroethene) percent per year over the 15 year period. Trends varied by VOC and quantile, and were grouped into three patterns: similar decreases at all quantiles (including benzene, toluene); most rapid decreases at upper quantiles (ethylbenzene, m,p-xylene, o-xylene, styrene, chloroform, tetrachloroethene); and fastest declines at central quantiles (1,4-dichlorobenzene). These patterns reflect changes in exposure sources, e.g., upper-percentile exposures may result mostly from occupational exposure, while lower percentile exposures arise from general environmental sources. Both VOC emissions aggregated at the national level and VOC concentrations measured in ambient air also have declined substantially over the study period and are supportive of the exposure trends, although the NHANES data suggest the importance of indoor sources and personal activities on VOC exposures. While piecewise QR models suggest that exposures of several VOCs decreased little or any during the 1990's, followed by more rapid decreases from 1999 to 2004, questions are raised concerning the reliability of VOC data in several of the NHANES cohorts and its applicability as an exposure indicator, as demonstrated by the modest correlation between VOC levels in blood and personal air collected in the 1999/2000 cohort. Despite some limitations, the NHANES data provides a unique, long term and direct measurement of VOC exposures and trends.

  16. A temporally and spatially resolved validation of emission inventories by measurements of ambient volatile organic compounds in Beijing, China

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, M.; Shao, M.; Chen, W.; Yuan, B.; Lu, S.; Zhang, Q.; Zeng, L.; Wang, Q.

    2014-06-01

    Understanding the sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is essential for ground-level ozone and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) abatement measures. We made VOC measurements at 27 sites and online observations at an urban site in Beijing from July 2009 to January 2012. Based on these measurement data, we determined the spatial and temporal distribution of VOCs, estimated their annual emission strengths based on their emission ratios relative to carbon monoxide (CO), and quantified the relative contributions of various sources using the chemical mass balance (CMB) model. These results from ambient measurements were compared with existing emission inventories to evaluate the spatial distribution, species-specific emissions, and source structure of VOCs in Beijing. The measured VOC distributions revealed a hotspot in the southern suburban area of Beijing, whereas current emission inventories suggested that VOC emissions were concentrated in downtown areas. Compared with results derived from ambient measurements, the annual inventoried emissions of oxygenated VOC (OVOC) species and C2-C4 alkanes may be underestimated, while the emissions of styrene and 1,3-butadiene may be overestimated by current inventories. Source apportionment using the CMB model identified vehicular exhaust as the most important VOC source, with the relative contribution of 49%, in good agreement with the 40-51% estimated by emission inventories. The relative contribution of paint and solvent utilization obtained from the CMB model was 14%, significantly lower than the value of 32% reported by one existing inventory. Meanwhile, the relative contribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) usage calculated using the CMB model was 6%, whereas LPG usage contribution was not reported by current emission inventories. These results suggested that VOC emission strengths in southern suburban area of Beijing, annual emissions of C2-C4 alkanes, OVOCs and some alkenes, and the contributions of solvent and paint utilization and LPG usage in current inventories all require significant revisions.

  17. RESEARCH AREA -- STATIONARY SOURCE EMISSIONS CHARACTERIZATION (EMISSIONS CHARACTERIZATION AND PREVENTION BRANCH, APPCD, NRMRL)

    EPA Science Inventory

    Research and development of models to estimate emissions from dynamic oil and gas industry and commercial sources is the objective of this program. The Emission Characterization and Prevention Branch, the American Petroleum Institute, and the Gas Research Institute have jointly ...

  18. Source localization of Jupiter's Io dependent radio emissions

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Aubier, Monique G.; Genova, Francoise; Calvert, Wynne

    1988-01-01

    The peak frequencies of the Io-dependent part of the Jovian emissions are compared with the surface gyrofrequency determined from Jovian magnetic models in order to localize the source of Jovian radio emissions. The bulk of the Io-controlled emissions was found to be delayed by up to 70 deg of equatorial longitude from the predicted instantaneous position of the Io flux tube, with the L and S emissions both displaying this same unexpected behavior. It is suggested that the source of these emissions is delayed substantially with respect to Io either as an Alfven-wave delay or because of errors in the magnetic field models.

  19. Locating and estimating air emissions from sources of phosgene

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1985-09-01

    To assist groups interested in inventorying air emissions of various potentially toxic substances, EPA is preparing a series of documents such as this to compile available information on sources and emissions of these substances. This document deals specifically with phosgene. Its intended audience includes Federal, State and local air pollution personnel and others interested in locating potential emitters of phosgene in making gross estimates of air emissions therefrom. This document presents information on (1) the types of sources that may emit phosgene, (2) process variations and release points that may be expected within these sources, and (3) available emissions information indicating the potential for phosgene release into the air from each operation.

  20. REVIEW OF INDOOR EMISSION SOURCE MODELS--PART 1. OVERVIEW

    EPA Science Inventory

    Indoor emission source models are mainly used as a component in indoor air quality (IAQ) and exposure modeling. They are also widely used to interpret the experimental data obtained from environmental chambers and buildings. This paper compiles 46 indoor emission source models fo...

  1. Area Source Emission Measurements Using EPA OTM 10

    EPA Science Inventory

    Measurement of air pollutant emissions from area and non-point sources is an emerging environmental concern. Due to the spatial extent and non-homogenous nature of these sources, assessment of fugitive emissions using point sampling techniques can be difficult. To help address th...

  2. Registration for the Hanford Site: Sources of radioactive emissions

    SciTech Connect

    Silvia, M.J.

    1993-04-01

    This Registration Application serves to renew the registration for all Hanford Site sources of radioactive air emissions routinely reported to the State of Washington Department of Health (DOH). The current registration expires on August 15, 1993. The Application is submitted pursuant to the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Chapter 246--247, and is consistent with guidance provided by DOH for renewal. The Application subdivides the Hanford Site into six major production, processing or research areas. Those six areas are in the 100 Area, 200 East Area, 200 West Area, 300 Area, 400 Area, and 600 Area. Each major group of point sources within the six areas listed above is represented by a Source Registration for Radioactive Air Emissions form. Annual emissions. for the sources are listed in the ``Radionuclide Air Emissions Report for the Hanford Site,`` published annually. It is a requirement that the following Statement of Compliance be provided: ``The radioactive air emissions from the above sources do meet the emissions standards contained in Chapter 173-480-040 WAC, Ambient Air Quality Standards and Emissions Limits for Radionuclides. As the Statement of Compliance pertains to this submittal, the phrase ``above sources`` is to be understood as meaning the combined air emissions from all sources registered by this submittal.

  3. FERROALLOY INDUSTRY PARTICULATE EMISSIONS: SOURCE CATEGORY REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of a review of all available data characterizing particulate emissions from ferroalloy-producing electric arc furnaces. The data were summarized and rated in terms of reliability. Total and size specific emission factors were developed for the ferroalloy ...

  4. FUGITIVE EMISSION SOURCES AND BATCH OPERATIONS IN SYNTHETIC ORGANIC CHEMICAL PRODUCTION

    EPA Science Inventory

    This survey report was developed for the EPA for use in assessing the potential magnitude of fugitive volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from agitator seals, cooling towers and batch operations in the production of 378 designated chemicals. The information presented in thi...

  5. Plant test of a semi-catalytic thermal oxidizer for destruction of VOC`s

    SciTech Connect

    Dieterman, J.R. [Hercules Incorporated, Brunswick, GA (United States)

    1995-12-31

    A summary of a plant trial of a thermal oxidizer for air emission control of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is provided. A 200 cfm, single-bed VOC unit, patented by Adwest Technologies as the RETOX Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer System, was installed and operated for 23 days in an alkyd resin facility. It was estimated that VOCs were reduced from 2300 ppm to around 35 ppm during initial startup of the unit. Acrolein and formaldehyde reductions are tabulated, and compared to cyclone scrubber performance. The unit went off-line twice for high stack temperatures, which may be attributable to a vapor rich slug at the inlet.

  6. Application of OMI Observations to a Space-Based Indicator of NOx and VOC Controls on Surface Ozone Formation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Duncan, Bryan N.; Yoshida, Yasuko; Olson, Jennifer R.; Sillman, Sanford; Martin, Randall V.; Lamsal, Lok; Hu, Yongtao; Pickering, Kenneth E.; Retscher, Christian; Allen, Dale J.; Crawford, James H.

    2010-01-01

    We investigated variations in the relative sensitivity of surface ozone formation in summer to precursor species concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) as inferred from the ratio of the tropospheric columns of formaldehyde to nitrogen dioxide (the "Ratio") from the Aura Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI). Our modeling study suggests that ozone formation decreases with reductions in VOCs at Ratios less than 1 and NOx at Ratios greater than 2; both NOx and VOC reductions may decrease ozone formation for Ratios between 1 and 2. Using this criteria. the OMI data indicate that ozone formation became: 1. more sensitive to NOx over most of the United States from 2005 to 2007 because of the substantial decrease in NOx emissions, primarily from stationary sources, and the concomitant decrease in the tropospheric column of NO2. and 2. more sensitive to NOx with increasing temperature, in part because emissions of highly reactive, biogenic isoprene increase with temperature, thus increasing the total VOC reactivity. In cities with relatively low isoprene emissions (e.g .. Chicago). the data clearly indicate that ozone formation became more sensitive to NOx from 2005 to 2007. In cities with relatively high isoprene emissions (e.g ., Atlanta), we found that the increase in the Ratio due to decreasing NOx emissions was not obvious as this signal was convolved with variations in the Ratio associated with the temperature dependence of isoprene emissions and, consequently, the formaldehyde concentration.

  7. Extended emission sources observed via two-proton correlations

    SciTech Connect

    Awes, T.C.; Ferguson, R.L.; Obenshain, F.E.; Plasil, F.; Young, G.R.; Pratt, S.; Chen, Z.; Gelbke, C.K.; Lynch, W.G.; Pochodzalla, J.

    1989-01-01

    Two-particle correlations between light particles emitted in heavy-ion reactions may be used to extract information on the spatial extent and time development of the emission source. Such measurements have provided evidence for the formation and decay of localized regions of high excitation. An interesting aspect of these measurements is the observation that the less energetic particles are emitted from sources of larger apparent dimensions. This has been interpreted as an indication that the lower energy particles are emitted at a later, more equilibrated stage of the reaction. As originally pointed out by Koonin, the dependence of the two-particle correlation on the direction of the relative momentum, with respect to the direction of emission, may provide information on the source lifetime and shape. Although spatial and temporal effects are not strictly distinguishable, a long-lived spherical emission source will have a characteristically prolate appearance, elongated in the direction of emission. We present an analysis of the directional dependence of the two-proton correlation function and extract the shape of the proton emission source. The source shape is observed to vary from that of the compound nucleus for the emission of energetic protons to an extended spherical shape for the emission of low-energy protons, contrary to expectations for a long-lived evaporative source of compound nucleus dimensions. 2 figs.

  8. Biogenic 2-methyl-3-buten-2-ol increases regional ozone and HOx sources

    E-print Network

    Silver, Whendee

    similar daily maxima of about 5 mg mÀ2 hrÀ1 . MBO oxidation causes an increase in ozone, formaldehyde. Introduction [2] Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from both bio- genic and anthropogenic sources react lumped into a generic ``other VOC'' emission category (e.g., the GEIA inventory based on Guenther et al

  9. Rate Coefficient Determinations for the Reaction of Br-Atoms with a Series of Oxygenated VOCs

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Orlando, J. J.; Tyndall, G. S.

    2014-12-01

    Bromine atoms are known to be prevalent in marine regions, and to contribute to the ozone budget there. In polar springtime, Br-atom levels can be in the range 107-109 cm-3 in the marine boundary layer, while values over the open ocean may fall in the 105 ? 107 cm-3 range. It is also known that many VOCs and oxygenated VOCs have oceanic/cryogenic emission sources, and reactions of Br with these (O)VOCs can then play a role in the partitioning of inorganic Br, acting as a sink for reactive Br/BrO. Thus, there is a need to develop a more complete and more reliable database for Br/(O)VOC kinetic data than what is currently available. We have embarked on a relative-rate study of the rate coefficients for reaction of Br-atoms with ?15 (O)VOCs, including alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, isoprene, other unsaturated compounds, and various multifunctional species. Progress on these rate coefficient determinations, and trends in Br-atom reactivity with organics, will be reported.

  10. Source profiles of volatile organic compounds associated with solvent use in Beijing, China

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yuan, Bin; Shao, Min; Lu, Sihua; Wang, Bin

    2010-05-01

    Compositions of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from painting applications and printing processes were sampled and measured by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry/flame ionization detection (GC-MS/FID) in Beijing. Toluene and C8 aromatics were the most abundant species, accounting for 76% of the total VOCs emitted from paint applications. The major species in printing emissions included heavier alkanes and aromatics, such as n-nonane, n-decane, n-undecane, toluene, and m/p-xylene. Measurements of VOCs obtained from furniture paint emissions in 2003 and 2007 suggest a quick decline in benzene levels associated with formulation changes in furniture paints during these years. A comparison of VOC source profiles for painting and printing between Beijing and other parts of the world showed significant region-specific discrepancies, probably because of different market demands and environmental standards. We conducted the evaluation of the source reactivities for various VOC emission sources. The ozone formation potential (OFP) for unit mass of VOCs source emissions is the highest for paint applications. Substituting solvent-based paints by water-based in Beijing will lead to an OFP reduction of 152,000 tons per year, which is more than 1/4 of the OFPs for VOCs emissions from vehicle exhaust in the city.

  11. EFFECTIVE SAMPLING TECHNIQUES FOR PARTICULATE EMISSIONS FROM ATYPICAL STATIONARY SOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    Sampling techniques for measuring particulate emissions from four 'atypical' stationary source categories were developed and evaluated. The categories include low effluent velocity streams, extended dimensions, partially or totally unconfined flow, and saturated gas streams or ga...

  12. MEASUREMENT OF PM-10 EMISSIONS FROM STATIONARY SOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    Measurements of PM-10 particulate matter emissions from stationary sources were performed using two sampling approaches currently under development. PM-10 particulate matter is defined as all particles nominally 10 micrometers aerodynamic diameter and smaller. Aerodynamic inertia...

  13. AIR POLLUTION: GROUND-BASED SENSING OF SOURCE EMISSIONS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Some types of gaseous pollution sources, particularly extended area industrial complexes and those producing hot combustion products, cannot be monitored adequately with conventional point sampling methods. To aid in characterizing emissions from and in developing remote sensing ...

  14. IRON AND STEEL PLANT OPEN SOURCE FUGITIVE EMISSION EVALUATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of field tests aimed at increasing the reliability of equations used to predict emission factors for open fugitive emission sources at iron and steel plants. The accuracy of previously developed equations is limited by the restricted number of actual test...

  15. IMPACT OF A PRIMARY SULFATE EMISSION SOURCE ON AIR QUALITY

    EPA Science Inventory

    A one-month study was carried out at an isolated oil-fired power plant in New York State to assess the impact of primary sulfate emissions on air quality. Emissions of total sulfate from the source varied from 22 kg/hr to 82 kg/hr per boiler with the sulfuric acid concentration a...

  16. METHODS FOR ATTRIBUTING AMBIENT AIR POLLUTANTS TO EMISSION SOURCES

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Charles L. Blanchard

    1999-01-01

    Abstract Six methods for attributing ambient pollutants to emission sources are reviewed: emissions analysis, trend analysis, tracer studies, trajectory analysis, receptor modeling, and dispersion modeling. The ranges of applicability, types of information provided, limitations, performance capabilities, and areas of active research of the different methods are compared. For primary, nonreactive pollutants whose effects of concern occur on a global scale,

  17. CHARACTERIZATION OF EMISSIONS FROM COMBUSTION SOURCES: CONTROLLED STUDIES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper summarizes Session I papers (given at the EPA Workshop on Characterization of Contaminant Emissions from Indoor Sources, Chapel Hill, NC, May 1985) that illustrate the progress made to date on characterizing indoor combustion emissions from unvented space heaters, gas a...

  18. Snowmobile Contributions to Mobile Source Emissions in Yellowstone

    E-print Network

    Denver, University of

    Snowmobile Contributions to Mobile Source Emissions in Yellowstone National Park G A R Y A . B I to Yellowstone National Park during the past decade have raised concerns over the environmental impacts emissions inventory based on fuel use for Yellowstone National Park shows that snowmobiles account for 27

  19. Reduction of carbon monoxide emissions with regenerative thermal oxidizers

    SciTech Connect

    Firmin, S.M.; Lipke, S.; Baturay, A.

    1996-09-01

    Regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTOs) have been extensively used for the control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from various sources. However, very little information is available on the ability of RTOs to control carbon monoxide (CO) emissions. This paper presents the results of extensive tests conducted on two RTOs to determine their VOC and CO control efficiencies. The inlet gas stream to the RTOs includes VOC and CO concentrations as high as 2,000 ppm and 3,600 ppm, respectfully. The testing demonstrated that both RTOs were capable of controlling greater than 98% of both inlet VOCs and CO. While the destruction efficiencies within the combustion chambers exceeded 99.9%, direct leakage past valves accounted for the lower control efficiencies. The tests indicated that the overall VOC and CO control efficiencies of the RTOs may be limited by valve leakage. The design and permitting of a RTO should include conservative control estimates which account for possible valve leakage.

  20. VOC composition of current motor vehicle fuels and vapors, and collinearity analyses for receptor modeling

    PubMed Central

    Chin, Jo-Yu; Batterman, Stuart A.

    2015-01-01

    The formulation of motor vehicle fuels can alter the magnitude and composition of evaporative and exhaust emissions occurring throughout the fuel cycle. Information regarding the volatile organic compound (VOC) composition of motor fuels other than gasoline is scarce, especially for bioethanol and bio-diesel blends. This study examines the liquid and vapor (headspace) composition of four contemporary and commercially available fuels: gasoline (<10% ethanol), E85 (85% ethanol and 15% gasoline), ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD), and B20 (20% soy-biodiesel and 80% ULSD). The composition of gasoline and E85 in both neat fuel and headspace vapor was dominated by aromatics and n-heptane. Despite its low gasoline content, E85 vapor contained higher concentrations of several VOCs than those in gasoline vapor, likely due to adjustments in its formulation. Temperature changes produced greater changes in the partial pressures of 17 VOCs in E85 than in gasoline, and large shifts in the VOC composition. B20 and ULSD were dominated by C9 to C16 n-alkanes and low levels of the aromatics, and the two fuels had similar headspace vapor composition and concentrations. While the headspace composition predicted using vapor–liquid equilibrium theory was closely correlated to measurements, E85 vapor concentrations were underpredicted. Based on variance decomposition analyses, gasoline and diesel fuels and their vapors VOC were distinct, but B20 and ULSD fuels and vapors were highly collinear. These results can be used to estimate fuel related emissions and exposures, particularly in receptor models that apportion emission sources, and the collinearity analysis suggests that gasoline- and diesel-related emissions can be distinguished. PMID:22154341

  1. EMISSIONS ASSESSMENT OF CONVENTIONAL STATIONARY COMBUSTION SYSTEMS: VOLUME V: INDUSTRIAL COMBUSTION SOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report characterizes air emissions from industrial external combustion sources and is the last of a series of five reports characterizing emissions from conventional combustion sources. The emissions characterization of industrial combustion sources was based on a critical ex...

  2. 40 CFR 60.312 - Standard for volatile organic compounds (VOC).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...Standard for volatile organic compounds (VOC). 60.312 Section 60.312 Protection...Standard for volatile organic compounds (VOC). (a) On and after the date on...cause the discharge into the atmosphere of VOC emissions from any metal furniture...

  3. CONTROL OF INDUSTRIAL VOC (VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND) EMISSIONS BY CATALYTIC INCINERATION. VOLUME 2. FINAL REPORT ON CATALYTIC INCINERATOR PERFORMANCE AT SIX INDUSTRIAL SITES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The task of meeting these objectives was accomplished in two phases. In the first phase, information was assembled from the literature on the use and cost of using catalytic incineration for VOC control. This phase of the study provides results in the following areas: A review of...

  4. CONTROL OF INDUSTRIAL VOC (VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND) EMISSIONS BY CATALYTIC INCINERATION. VOLUME 4. CATALYTIC INCINERATOR PERFORMANCE AT INDUSTRIAL SITE C-2

    EPA Science Inventory

    Radian Corporation is conducting a testing program for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the performance of catalytic incinerators that are applied to industrial processes for volatile organic compound (VOC) control. This report documents the results of the per...

  5. [Pollution characteristics and health risk assessment of atmospheric VOCs in the downtown area of Guangzhou, China].

    PubMed

    Li, Lei; Li, Hong; Wang, Xue-Zhong; Zhang, Xin-Min; Wen, Chong

    2013-12-01

    The measurements of 31 kinds of VOCs in the ambient air of a site were carried out in the downtown of Guangzhou by online method from November 5, 2009 to November 9, 2009. The ambient level and composition characteristics, temporal variation characteristics, sources identification, and chemical reactivity of VOCs were studied, and the health risk of VOCs in the ambient air in the study area was assessed by using the international recognized health risk assessment method. Results showed that the mean and the range of the mass concentrations of 31 VOCs were 114.51 microg x m(-3) and 29.42-546.06 microg x m(-3), respectively. The mass concentrations of 31 VOCs, and those of alkanes, alkenes, and aromatics all showed a changing trend of higher in the morning and in the evening, and lower at noontime. Vehicular exhaust, gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas evaporates were the main sources of VOCs with the volatilization of paints and solvents being important emission sources. Toluene, trans-2-butene, m/p-xylene, i-butane, and 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene were the key reactive species among the 31 VOCs. Vehicular exhaust and gasoline evaporation were the main sources of VOCs leading to the formation of ozone. Health risk assessment showed that n-hexane, 1,3-butadiene, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, m/p-xylene and o-xylene had no appreciable risk of adverse non-cancer health effect on the exposed population, but 1, 3-butadiene and benzene had potential cancer risk. By comparing the corresponding data about health risk assessment of benzene compounds in some cities in China, it is concluded that benzene can impose relatively high cancer risk to the exposed populations in the ambient air of some cities in China. Therefore, strict countermeasures should be taken to further control the pollution of benzene in the ambient air of cities, and it is imperative to start the related studies and develop the atmospheric environmental health criteria and national ambient air quality standard for benzene in China. PMID:24640890

  6. Seasonal and diurnal variations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the atmosphere of Hong Kong.

    PubMed

    Ho, K F; Lee, S C; Guo, H; Tsai, W Y

    2004-04-25

    Ambient VOCs samples were collected at three locations (PolyU campus (PU), Kwun Tong (KT), Hok Tsui (HT)) in Hong Kong during the periods of November 2000-February 2001 and June 2001-August 2001. Also the concentrations of VOCs in Cross Harbor tunnel in Hong Kong were obtained in order to determine the vehicular sources of VOCs. Toluene was the most abundant VOC detected in Hong Kong. At the PU station, which is close to a main road, the concentrations of most VOCs were higher in summer than in winter. However, at the background location HT, the concentrations of all VOCs except tetrachloroethene were higher in winter than in summer. Regional physical dispersion/transportation and mixing depth may be the reasons for higher VOC concentrations in winter at HT. The BTEX (benzene:toluene:ethylbenzene:xylene) ratios of PU and KT during winter period were (1.9:10.1:1.0:1.8) and (1.9:10.4:1.0:1.5), and (0.9:8.3:1.0:2.2) and (0.8:29.6:1.0:1.8) for summer season, respectively. The xylene/ethylbenzene (X/E) ratio was used to assess the relative age of the air parcels in this study. The concentrations of VOCs in the atmosphere in Hong Kong were mainly affected by direct emissions from vehicles, evaporation of fuels, photochemical reactions and few industrial emissions. The BTEX ratio in the tunnel was 2:10.4:1:3.2. The BTEX ratios at PU and KT during the winter period were similar to that in tunnel (except for xylenes). The X/E ratio in the tunnel was higher than that in the ambient air. This indicated that the freshly emitted xylenes in the tunnel decayed at different rates from OH-oxidation in the atmosphere. Good BTEX correlations (r>0.8) were found at PU and KT in winter (**P<0.01). Vehicular exhaust was the dominant source at PU and KT stations, and less evaporation of fuel or additive occurred at low temperature in winter. Diurnal variations of mean BTEX concentrations at the roadside monitoring station (PU) showed two peaks associated with traffic density and vehicle type. PMID:15081745

  7. Receptor modeling of ambient VOC at Santiago, Chile

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jorquera, Héctor; Rappenglück, Bernhard

    Ambient VOC measured at a 1996 spring campaign at Santiago, Chile, have been analyzed using the receptor models UNMIX and Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF). The ambient campaign took place at two sites: a downtown site, close to major traffic emissions, and a residential site, downwind of major industrial sources and highways. At the downtown site the following source apportionments estimates were obtained: fuel evaporation, 29.7±5.6%; gasoline exhaust, 22.0±3.4%; diesel exhaust, 18.1±2.9%; biogenic, LPG and evaporative emissions, 18.0±3.4%, unexplained: 12%. At the residential site, the following source apportionment was obtained: transported gasoline exhaust, 31.2±4.1%; local gasoline exhaust, 25.5±4.0%; evaporative losses, 11.7±2.8%; LPG losses, 11.0±2.5%; biogenic emissions, 7.7±1.7%; diesel exhaust, 6.2±1.5%; unexplained, 7.7%. Thus, near 70% of ambient VOC impacts at both sites are due to mobile sources. The receptor analyses produced source profiles that had distinctive, dominant compounds; in addition, source contributions exhibited diurnal profiles that were consistent with ambient temperature and wind speed data, and the expected activity patterns within the city. Typical errors in the source contributions vary between 15% for the larger sources—like gasoline exhaust—and 25% for the smaller sources—like biogenic emissions. It was found that the number of factors given by the UNMIX model was a good starting point to refine the solution using PMF. Both models showed good performance at discriminating between source profiles that had similar compositions in subsets of common species, but PMF was able to find better, cleaner source profiles that did UNMIX. At both monitoring sites LPG losses appear mixed in with other source profiles, and this feature could not be solved by adding more source profiles in the analyses; this was likely due to a lack of C 3 measurements needed to better resolve an LPG source profile.

  8. CRITICAL REVIEW OF OPEN SOURCE PARTICULATE EMISSION MEASUREMENTS: FIELD COMPARISON

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of a review of sampling and analytical procedures used by various testing firms to quantify particulate emissions from open sources; e.g., roads and storage piles. Seven firms, who account for nearly 100 percent of all open source data in the literature, ...

  9. Assessment of pollutant emissions from various sources

    SciTech Connect

    Babeshko, V.A.; Gladskoi, I.B.; Zaretskaya, M.V. [Rostov State Univ., Krasnodar (Russian Federation)] [and others

    1995-05-01

    The spreading of conservative pollutants (CPs) in the atmosphere or waters has been modeled using a variety of approaches. These linear or nonlinear models assume that CPs spread by air or water flows and take into account CP dissipation and dispersion. Patterns of CP spreading ensue from air and water flow patterns and the action of gravity. The behavior of CPs contacting interfacial boundaries depends on the interface properties and ranges from a complete deposition to complete or partial rejection followed by further spreading. The models conventionally deal with localized sources of CPs. However, real sources of CPs in industrial regions are dispersed (territories of factories, streets with intense traffic, or other sources occupying particular areas). 5 refs., 2 figs.

  10. Neptune's non-thermal radio emissions - Phenomenology and source locations

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    Rabl, Gerald K. F.; Ladreiter, H.-P.; Rucker, Helmut O.; Kaiser, Michael L.

    1992-01-01

    During the inbound and the outbound leg of Voyager 2's encounter with Neptune, the Planetary Radio Astronomy (PRA) experiment aboard the spacecraft detected short radio bursts at frequencies within the range of about 500-1300 kHz, and broad-banded smoothly varying emission patterns within the frequency range from about 40-800 kHz. Both emissions can be described in terms of a period of 16.1 hours determining Neptune's rotation period. Furthermore, just near closest approach, a narrow-banded smoothly varying radio component was observed occurring between 600 and 800 kHz. After giving a brief overview about some general characteristics of Neptune's nonthermal radio emission, the source locations of Neptune's emission components are determined, using an offset tilted dipole model for Neptune's magnetic field. Assuming that the emission originates near the electron gyrofrequency a geometrical beaming model is developed in order to fit the observed emission episodes.

  11. CHARACTERIZATION OF NITROUS OXIDE EMISSION SOURCES

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    The report presents a global inventory of nitrous oxide (N2O) based on reevaluation of previous estimates and additions of previously uninventoried source categories. (NOTE: N2O is both a greenhouse gas and a precursor of nitric oxide (NO) which destroys stratospheric ozone.) The...

  12. Modeling study of natural emissions, source apportionment, and emission control of atmospheric mercury

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    Shetty, Suraj K.

    Mercury (Hg) is a toxic pollutant and is important to understand its cycling in the environment. In this dissertation, a number of modeling investigations were conducted to better understand the emission from natural surfaces, the source-receptor relationship of the emissions, and emission reduction of atmospheric mercury. The first part of this work estimates mercury emissions from vegetation, soil and water surfaces using a number of natural emission processors and detailed (LAI) Leaf Area Index data from GIS (Geographic Information System) satellite products. East Asian domain was chosen as it contributes nearly 50% of the global anthropogenic mercury emissions into the atmosphere. The estimated annual natural mercury emissions (gaseous elemental mercury) in the domain are 834 Mg yr-1 with 462 Mg yr-1 contributing from China. Compared to anthropogenic sources, natural sources show greater seasonal variability (highest in simmer). The emissions are significant, sometimes dominant, contributors to total mercury emission in the regions. The estimates provide possible explanation for the gaps between the anthropogenic emission estimates based on activity data and the emission inferred from field observations in the regions. To understand the contribution of domestic emissions to mercury deposition in the United States, the second part of the work applies the mercury model of Community Multi-scale Air Quality Modeling system (CMAQ-Hg v4.6) to apportion the various emission sources attributing to the mercury wet and dry deposition in the 6 United States receptor regions. Contributions to mercury deposition from electric generating units (EGU), iron and steel industry (IRST), industrial point sources excluding EGU and IRST (OIPM), the remaining anthropogenic sources (RA), natural processes (NAT), and out-of-boundary transport (BC) in domain was estimated. The model results for 2005 compared reasonably well to field observations made by MDN (Mercury Deposition Network) and CAMNet (Canadian Atmospheric Mercury Measurement Network). The model estimated a total deposition of 474 Mg yr-1 to the CONUS (Contiguous United States) domain, with two-thirds being dry deposited. Reactive gaseous mercury contributed the most to 60% of deposition. Emission speciation distribution is a key factor for local deposition as contribution from large point sources can be as high as 75% near (< 100 km) the emission sources, indicating that emission reduction may result in direct deposition decrease near the source locations. Among the sources, BC contributes to about 68% to 91% of total deposition. Excluding the BC's contribution, EGU contributes to nearly 50% of deposition caused by CONUS emissions in the Northeast, Southeast and East Central regions, while emissions from natural processes are more important in the Pacific and West Central regions (contributing up to 40% of deposition). The modeling results implies that implementation of the new emission standards proposed by USEPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) would significantly benefit regions that have larger contributions from EGU sources. Control of mercury emissions from coal combustion processes has attracted great attention due to its toxicity and the emission-control regulations and has lead to advancement in state-of-the-art control technologies that alleviate the impact of mercury on ecosystem and human health. This part of the work applies a sorption model to simulate adsorption of mercury in flue gases, onto a confined-bed of activated carbon. The model's performances were studied at various flue gas flow rates, inlet mercury concentrations and adsorption bed temperatures. The process simulated a flue gas, with inlet mercury concentration of 300 ppb, entering at a velocity of 0.3 m s-1 from the bottom into a fixed bed (inside bed diameter of 1 m and 3 m bed height; bed temperature of 25 °C) of activated carbon (particle size of 0.004 m with density of 0.5 g cm-3 and surface area of 90.25 cm2 g -1). The model result demonstrated that a batch of activated carbon

  13. 64 FR 6946 - National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories; National Emission...

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    ...rule limits total hydrocarbon emissions (THC) from new and existing chip dryers and...production facilities that are major sources. THC represents emissions of HAP organics. HCl...of D/F, and 385 Mg/yr (424 tpy) of THC (of which some fraction is organic...

  14. VOC compliance on the ball: Aluminum can manufacturer rolls to California VOC compliance

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    Gay, R. [Engelhard Corp., Iselin, NJ (United States)

    1997-07-01

    Since entering the North American beverage can market in 1969, Ball Corp., has increased its market share at a pace more than double the growth of the market itself. In addition to holding numerous patented advancements in can-making technology, Ball prides itself as an environmentally responsible company. When Ball decided to increase production capacity in its Fairfield, California, plant, the challenge was to produce more cans, while still complying with the state`s stringent air emissions regulations. As with other aluminum can manufacturing facilities, Ball`s coating and curing operations generate volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Ball`s permit from the state of California allows only limited amounts of VOC discharges into the atmosphere. With proposed increases in production capacities, however, the Bay Area`s Air Quality Management District--a local US EPA authority--required Ball to incinerate far more VOCs than the existing recuperative abatement system could handle. According to California regulations, facilities that wish to increase VOC emissions must install some type of VOC-control system or provide technological offsets. This regulatory pressure led Ball to seek a solution that would not only comply with emissions regulations, but would not compromise the company`s production process. Ball engineers selected a regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) for the Fairfield, Calif., plant. Considering the success Ball has encountered in previous experiences with this type of oxidation unit, the company immediately selected an RTO instead of catalytic oxidizers or other types of pollution control equipment.

  15. VOCs and IVOCs in the Los Angeles Basin: Quantification and Correlation to Regional Demographics

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    Carrasco, E.; Bouvier-Brown, N. C.

    2013-12-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and intermediate volatility VOCs (IVOCs) are hydrocarbons that participate in chemical reactions affecting air quality and climate. VOCs and IVOCs, classified separately due to differences in effective saturation constants, both contribute to ozone and aerosol formation. IVOCs are not typically measured in ambient VOC studies because they are easily lost to sampling surfaces. Additionally, many VOCs and IVOCs, particularly aromatic hydrocarbons, are of concern because they have high respiratory uptake and accumulate in adipose tissue. The purpose of this study is to quantify VOCs and IVOCs in residential neighborhoods around the Los Angeles basin using a portable and inexpensive analytical method and to overlay these data with regional demographics. Hayesep-Q adsorbent cartridges were used to sample ambient air, followed by solvent extraction and analysis by Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS). Data will be presented from a pilot study consisting of measurements made at 7 sites over 3 weeks in summer 2013. Results suggest a correlation between higher mixing ratios of anthropogenic compounds and low income status. For example, 92% of the variation in 1,2,3-trimethylbenzene concentrations can be explained by the linear relationship between these mixing ratios and the percentage of household income less than $20,000 in each neighborhood (R2 = 0.917). Communities most at risk from the emission of these compounds will likely be located near sources (i.e. roadways, freeways, flight paths) and thus are typically low-income and not a part of the California Air Resources Board monitoring system.

  16. Proton Transfer Reaction Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometric (PTR-TOF-MS) determination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from a biomass fire developed under stable nocturnal conditions

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    Brilli, Federico; Gioli, Beniamino; Ciccioli, Paolo; Zona, Donatella; Loreto, Francesco; Janssens, Ivan A.; Ceulemans, Reinhart

    2014-11-01

    Combustion of solid and liquid fuels is the largest source of potentially toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can strongly affect health and the physical and chemical properties of the atmosphere. Among combustion processes, biomass burning is one of the largest at global scale. We used a Proton Transfer Reaction “Time-of-Flight” Mass Spectrometer (PTR-TOF-MS), which couples high sensitivity with high mass resolution, for real-time detection of multiple VOCs emitted by burned hay and straw in a barn located near our measuring station. We detected 132 different organic ions directly attributable to VOCs emitted from the fire. Methanol, acetaldehyde, acetone, methyl vinyl ether (MVE), acetic acid and glycolaldehyde dominated the VOC mixture composition. The time-course of the 25 most abundant VOCs, representing ?85% of the whole mixture of VOCs, was associated with that of carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions. The strong linear relationship between the concentrations of pyrogenic VOC and of a reference species (i.e. CO) allowed us to compile a list of emission ratios (ERs) and emission factors (EFs), but values of ER (and EF) were overestimated due to the limited mixing of the gases under the stable (non-turbulent) nocturnal conditions. In addition to the 25 most abundant VOCs, chemical formula and concentrations of the residual, less abundant VOCs in the emitted mixture were also estimated by PTR-TOF-MS. Furthermore, the evolution of the complex combustion process was described on the basis of the diverse types of pyrogenic gases recorded.

  17. METHOD FOR SEPARATING VOLATILE ORGANIC CARBON FROM 0.1 M3 OF AIR TO IDENTIFY SOURCES OF OZONE PRECURSORS VIA ISOTOPE (14C) MEASUREMENTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Atmospheric non-methane volatile organic compounds (VOCS) are known to play an important role in urban ozone formation during the summer. o respond to the need for a direct measure of VOC source contributions from biogenic (14C/12C=10-12) and fossil fuel (14C/12C=O) emissions, a ...

  18. Sources, Sinks and Chemistry of Volatile Organic Compounds: A Summary of Results from Multiple Airborne, Ship-Based and Surface Measurements

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    J. A. de Gouw; J. B. Gilman; P. D. Goldan; W. C. Kuster; J. M. Roberts; P. R. Veres; C. Warneke; D. Welsh-Bon

    2009-01-01

    Volatile Organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted from a wide variety of natural and man-made sources. In the atmosphere, VOCs are oxidized on a time scale ranging from minutes to months by reactions with OH, NO3 and ozone, and by photolysis. While the removal of hydrocarbons is well described by these removal processes, the chemical formation and direct emissions of oxygenated

  19. 2-.mu.m fiber amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) source

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    Jiang, Shibin (Inventor); Wu, Jianfeng (Inventor); Geng, Jihong (Inventor)

    2007-01-01

    A 2-.mu.m fiber Amplified Spontaneous Emission (ASE) source provides a wide emission bandwidth and improved spectral stability/purity for a given output power. The fiber ASE source is formed from a heavy metal oxide multicomponent glass selected from germanate, tellurite and bismuth oxides and doped with high concentrations, 0.5-15 wt. %, thulium oxides (Tm.sub.2O.sub.3) or 0.1-5 wt% holmium oxides (Ho.sub.2O.sub.3) or mixtures thereof. The high concentration of thulium dopants provide highly efficient pump absorption and high quantum efficiency. Co-doping of Tm and Ho can broaden the ASE spectrum.

  20. 77 FR 26476 - Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Stationary Sources: Electric...

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    ...Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Stationary Sources...Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Stationary Sources...Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Stationary...

  1. EMISSIONS ASSESSMENT OF CONVENTIONAL STATIONARY SYSTEMS: VOLUME III. EXTERNAL COMBUSTION SOURCES FOR ELECTRICITY GENERATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report characterizes multimedia emissions from external combustion sources for electricity generation. Study results indicate that external combustion sources for electricity generation contribute significantly to the nationwide emissions burden. Flue gas emissions of NOx, SO...

  2. Emission intensity modulation of radio-frequency helium glow-discharge emission source by laser ablation.

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    Matsuta, Hideyuki; Naeem, Tariq M; Wagatsuma, Kazuaki

    2003-06-01

    A novel emission excitation source comprising a high repetition rate diode-pumped Q-switched Nd:YAG laser and a Grimm-style glow-discharge lamp is described. Laser-ablated atoms are introduced into the He glow discharge plasma, which then give emission signals. By using phase-sensitive detection with a lock-in amplifier, the emission signal modulated by the pulsed laser can be detected selectively. It is possible to estimate only the emission intensity of sample atoms ablated by laser irradiation with little interference from the other species in the plasma. PMID:12834217

  3. Radio emission from an ultraluminous x-ray source.

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    Kaaret, Philip; Corbel, Stephane; Prestwich, Andrea H; Zezas, Andreas

    2003-01-17

    The physical nature of ultraluminous x-ray sources is uncertain. Stellar-mass black holes with beamed radiation and intermediate black holes with isotropic radiation are two plausible explanations. We discovered radio emission from an ultraluminous x-ray source in the dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 5408. The x-ray, radio, and optical fluxes as well as the x-ray spectral shape are consistent with beamed relativistic jet emission from an accreting stellar black hole. If confirmed, this would suggest that the ultraluminous x-ray sources may be stellar-mass rather than intermediate-mass black holes. However, interpretation of the source as a jet-producing intermediate-mass black hole cannot be ruled out at this time. PMID:12532009

  4. The sources of Uranus' dominant nightside radio emissions

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    Kaiser, M. L.; Desch, M. D.; Curtis, S. A.

    1987-01-01

    The broad-bandwidth radio emission detected by Voyager 2 over the nightside of Uranus is examined. It is concluded that the source location of the smooth component is consistent with emission originating near the electron gyrofrequency from a small set of field lines whose foot points lie near the Uranomagnetic southern (dark) pole. The source centroid is at L = 11.5, and extends in latitude between about L = 8 and L = 25. This deduced source region is primarily on closed field lines that pass through the outer radiation belt and have their opposite foot points near the Uranomagnetic northern pole (near the present epoch terminator). The source location of the bursty component is less well defined but is consistent with the set of open field lines which map down to the region surrounding the planet's south magnetic dipole tip.

  5. [VOCs tax policy on China's economy development].

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    Liu, Chang-Xin; Wang, Yu-Fei; Wang, Hai-Lin; Hao, Zheng-Ping; Wang, Zheng

    2011-12-01

    In this paper, environmental tax was designed to control volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions. Computable general equilibrium (CGE) model was used to explore the impacts of environmental tax (in forms of indirect tax) on the macro-economy development at both national and sector levels. Different levels of tax were simulated to find out the proper tax rate. It is found out that imposing environmental tax on high emission sectors can cause the emission decreased immediately and can lead to negative impacts on macro-economy indicators, such as GDP (gross domestic products), total investment, total product and the whole consumption etc. However, only the government income increased. In addition, the higher the tax rate is, the more pollutants can be reduced and the worse economic effects can be caused. Consequently, it is suggested that, the main controlling policies of VOCs abatement should be mandatory orders, and low environmental tax can be implemented as a supplementary. PMID:22468510

  6. Geogenic and atmospheric sources for volatile organic compounds in fumarolic emissions from Mt. Etna and Vulcano Island (Sicily, Italy)

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    Tassi, F.; Capecchiacci, F.; Cabassi, J.; Calabrese, S.; Vaselli, O.; Rouwet, D.; Pecoraino, G.; Chiodini, G.

    2012-09-01

    In this paper, fluid source(s) and processes controlling the chemical composition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in gas discharges from Mt. Etna and Vulcano Island (Sicily, Italy) were investigated. The main composition of the Etnean and Volcano gas emissions is produced by mixing, to various degrees, of magmatic and hydrothermal components. VOCs are dominated by alkanes, alkenes and aromatics, with minor, though significant, concentrations of O-, S- and Cl(F)-substituted compounds. The main mechanism for the production of alkanes is likely related to pyrolysis of organic-matter-bearing sediments that interact with the ascending magmatic fluids. Alkanes are then converted to alkene and aromatic compounds via catalytic reactions (dehydrogenation and dehydroaromatization, respectively). Nevertheless, an abiogenic origin for the light hydrocarbons cannot be ruled out. Oxidative processes of hydrocarbons at relatively high temperatures and oxidizing conditions, typical of these volcanic-hydrothermal fluids, may explain the production of alcohols, esters, aldehydes, as well as O- and S-bearing heterocycles. By comparing the concentrations of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in the fumarolic discharges with respect to those of background air, it is possible to highlight that they have a geogenic origin likely due to halogenation of both methane and alkenes. Finally, chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) abundances appear to be consistent with background air, although the strong air contamination that affects the Mt. Etna fumaroles may mask a possible geogenic contribution for these compounds. On the other hand, no CFCs were detected in the Vulcano gases, which are characterized by low air contribution. Nevertheless, a geogenic source for these compounds cannot be excluded on the basis of the present data.

  7. Estimates of methane emission from large stationary combustion sources

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    Watanabe, Ikuo (National Inst. of Public Health, Tokyo (Japan)); Matsuura, Akiyoshi (Chiba Prefectural Research Inst. for Environmental Pollution (Japan))

    1992-01-01

    The emission factors of methane for nine categories of large stationary sources working continuously with various fuels were estimated from the data published in Japan, on the assumption that the feeding air contained 1.8 {mu}L/L (ppm) of methane. Boilers, heating furnaces, metal furnaces, and glass-melting furnaces were found to have minus emission factors, and as a result, they are regarded as the sinks of atmospheric methane. The maximum removal rate of methane at electric power plants is determined roughly to be ca. 1 Gg/y (10{sup 9} g/y) in Japan and 18 Gg/y in the world. On the other hand, coke ovens and sintering furnaces were considered to be significant industrial sources, and the minimum emission rate is determined roughly to be ca. 20 Gg/y in Japan and ca. 120 Gg/y worldwide. These estimates are based on modernized facilities with efficiently controlled operations. Therefore, the magnitude of the methane emission from large stationary sources is not high if they are operated in similar conditions to those in Japan. Some facilities, however, such as coke ovens or hot-blast furnaces which generate coke-oven gas or blast-furnace gas which contain methane at high concentration, are shown to have a higher potential possibility of methane emission into the air.

  8. Localizing sources of acoustic emission during the martensitic transformation

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    Niemann, R.; Kope?ek, J.; Heczko, O.; Romberg, J.; Schultz, L.; Fähler, S.; Vives, E.; Mañosa, L.; Planes, A.

    2014-06-01

    Acoustic avalanches are a general feature of solids under stress, e.g., evoked by external compression or arising from internal processes like martensitic phase transformations. From integral measurements, it is usually concluded that nucleation, phase boundary pinning, or interface incompatibilities during this first-order phase transition all may generate acoustic emission. This paper studies the local sources of acoustic emission to enlight the microscopic mechanisms. From two-dimensional spatially resolved acoustic emission measurement and simultaneous optical observation of the surface, we can identify microstructural events at the phase boundary that lead to acoustic emission. A resolution in the 100-?m range was reached for the location of acoustic emission sources on a coarse-grained Ni-Mn-Ga polycrystal. Both, the acoustic activity and the size distribution of the microstructural transformation events, exhibit power-law behavior. The origin of the acoustic emission are elastically incompatible areas, such as differently oriented martensitic plates that meet each other, lamellae growing up to grain boundaries, and grain boundaries in proximity to transforming grains. Using this result, we propose a model to explain the decrease of the critical exponent under a mechanical stress or magnetic field.

  9. SOURCE EMISSION TESTS AT THE BALTIMORE DEMONSTRATION PYROLYSIS FACILITY

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    TRW was retained by EPA/IERL Cincinnati in May of 1976 to conduct source emission tests at a solid waste treatment plant in Baltimore, Maryland. The plant is designed to recover low-grade fossil fuel from non-toxic solid waste by the use of a process known as pyrolysis. When plan...

  10. Methane emission by goats consuming different sources of condensed tannins

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    Twenty-four yearling Boer x Spanish wethers (7/8 Boer; initial body weight [BW] of 37.5 plus/minus 0.91 kg) were used to assess effects of different condensed tannin (CT) sources on methane emission. Diets were Kobe lespedeza (Lespedeza striata; K), K plus quebracho providing CT at 5% of dry matter...

  11. MEASURING INORGANIC AND ALKYL LEAD EMISSIONS FROM STATIONARY SOURCES

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    Described are the results from studies done to provide test methods for state and local air pollution control agencies to measure accurately the lead emissions from stationary source stacks as required in the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Lead. Inorganic lead is colle...

  12. Enhanced directed emission from metamaterial based radiation source

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    Elena Saenz; Kaan Guven; Ekmel Ozbay; Iñigo Ederra; Ramon Gonzalo

    2008-01-01

    The enhanced directed emission from a metasurface which is illuminated at its resonance frequency by a dipole source is experimentally demonstrated. The metasurface consists of two cutwire layers and a continuous wire layer in between, which exhibits strong magnetic dipole resonance under excitation normal to the plane. The scanned near-field patterns show the confinement of the field in the presence

  13. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF OPEN SOURCE PARTICULATE EMISSION MEASURING TECHNIQUES

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    The paper gives results of a comparative study of variations in measuring and analytical techniques used to assess sources upon which emission factor data bases are built (in an effort to quantify these technique-dependent parameters). The study included a simultaneous, side-by-s...

  14. Acoustic Emission Source Identification Technique for Buried Gas Pipeline Leak

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    Jiao Yang; Yang Qingxin; Li Guanghai; Zhang Jingyan

    2006-01-01

    Leaks in gas pipelines cause unnecessary waste of limited resources and produce danger factors, thus leak testing is necessary. Acoustic emission (AE) technology is one of the promising methods for pipeline leak testing. AE signals of pipeline leak carry the feature information of structure integrity (the dimension and location of leak source, etc.), which are stochastic and uncertain, and belongs

  15. REVIEW OF INDOOR EMISSION SOURCE MODELS: PART 2. PARAMETER ESTIMATION

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    This review consists of two sections. Part I provides an overview of 46 indoor emission source models. Part 2 (this paper) focuses on parameter estimation, a topic that is critical to modelers but has never been systematically discussed. A perfectly valid model may not be a usefu...

  16. Deposition of terpenes to vegetation - a paradigm shift towards bidirectional VOC exchange?

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    Bamberger, I.; Hörtnagl, L.; Ruuskanen, T.; Schnitzhofer, R.; Müller, M.; Graus, M.; Karl, T.; Wohlfahrt, G.; Hansel, A.

    2012-04-01

    Biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) are important precursors for secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation (Hallquist et al., 2009). In addition reactive BVOCs play a crucial role in local tropospheric ozone production (Atkinson, 2000). According to the present scientific understanding vegetation is recognized as a major VOC emission source rather than a deposition sink. Our recent observations however demonstrate that an uptake of terpene compounds to mountain grassland can be significant - at least under certain atmospheric conditions. After a severe hailstorm volume mixing ratios (VMR) of locally emitted terpene compounds originating from conifers located at the mountain slopes were strongly enhanced, even during daytime hours. Weeks after the hailstorm our PTR-MS and PTR-time-of-flight (PTR-TOF) instruments still measured deposition fluxes of monoterpenes (m/z 137.133), sesquiterpenes (m/z 205.195), and oxygenated terpenes (m/z 153.128) to the grassland. The total amount of terpenoids (on a carbon basis) deposited to the grassland during the weeks after the hailstorm is comparable to the total methanol emission of the entire growing season (Bamberger et al., 2011). These findings pose the question whether the terminology should be adjusted from VOC emission to VOC exchange.

  17. Denitrification as a Source of NO Emissions using Isotope Techniques

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    Cardenas, Laura; Loick, Nadine; Abalos, Diego; Dixon, Liz; Vallejo, Antonio; Watson, Catherine; McGeough, Karen; Well, Reinhard; Matthews, Peter

    2015-04-01

    Agricultural soils are a major source of nitric- (NO) and nitrous oxide (N2O) which are produced and consumed by biotic and abiotic soil processes. The dominant sources of NO and N2O are microbial nitrification and denitrification. Depending on the environmental conditions such as substrate availability, pH and water filled pore space (WFPS) N2O emissions have been attributed to both processes, whereas NO emissions are thought to predominantly derive from nitrification. This is due to the fact that the environmental factors which promote denitrifying conditions also restrict gaseous diffusivity causing consumption of the highly reactive NO. Recent findings however challenge this assumption indicating that denitrification can be a significant source of NO. Attributing gaseous emissions to specific soil processes is still difficult; however, advanced isotopic methods show great potential. Labelling methods rely on the use of 15N enriched substrates, whereas isotopomer analyses rely on differences in the utilisation of heavy vs light N and O isotopes at natural abundance. The present study analysed the effect of different enrichment levels on gaseous emissions using the gas-flow-soil-core technique (Cardenas et al 2003). This system provides continuous measurements of NO, N2O as well as N2 fluxes by exchanging the normal atmosphere with a mixture of He:O2 (80:20). This was combined with 15N labelled isotopic techniques and isotopomer measurements to determine the source and processes responsible for the measured N-emissions. Nutrient solutions were applied containing KNO3 with 15N at natural abundance, 5 atom% and 20 atom% enrichment at a rate of 75 kg N ha-1 together with glucose at a rate of 400 kg C ha-1. Results showed that at the higher level of enrichment gaseous emissions were affected by showing an increase in emissions of NO and N2O. Additionally, under denitrifying conditions (high WFPS and NO3- availability) denitrification played a key role in NO emissions. Emissions will be simulated from an extension of the dual porous PoreXpert model (Laudone et al, 2011). These results will confirm the proximity of the critical percolation path (added NO-) to the hot spots of microbes, indicating the preference for the use of added NO3- versus native NO3-. References: Cárdenas et al (2003). Soil Biology and Biochemistry 35, 867-870 Laudone et al. (2011) Journal of Hydrology 409, 283-290

  18. 7, 78197841, 2007 VOC oxidation

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    ACPD 7, 7819­7841, 2007 VOC oxidation products and new particle formation A. Laaksonen et al. Title Chemistry and Physics Discussions The role of VOC oxidation products in continental new particle formation A Physics, Heidelberg, Germany 7819 #12;ACPD 7, 7819­7841, 2007 VOC oxidation products and new particle

  19. Biogenic Volatile Organic Compound (BVOC) emissions from agricultural crop species: is guttation a possible source for methanol emissions following light/dark transition ?

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    Mozaffar, Ahsan; Amelynck, Crist; Bachy, Aurélie; Digrado, Anthony; Delaplace, Pierre; du Jardin, Patrick; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure; Schoon, Niels; Aubinet, Marc; Heinesch, Bernard

    2015-04-01

    In the framework of the CROSTVOC (CROp STress VOC) project, the exchange of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) between two important agricultural crop species, maize and winter wheat, and the atmosphere has recently been measured during an entire growing season by using the eddy covariance technique. Because of the co-variation of BVOC emission drivers in field conditions, laboratory studies were initiated in an environmental chamber in order to disentangle the responses of the emissions to variations of the individual environmental parameters (such as PPFD and temperature) and to diverse abiotic stress factors. Young plants were enclosed in transparent all-Teflon dynamic enclosures (cuvettes) through which BVOC-free and RH-controlled air was sent. BVOC enriched air was subsequently sampled from the plant cuvettes and an empty cuvette (background) and analyzed for BVOCs in a high sensitivity Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometer (hs-PTR-MS) and for CO2 in a LI-7000 non-dispersive IR gas analyzer. Emissions were monitored at constant temperature (25 °C) and at a stepwise varying PPFD pattern (0-650 µmol m-2 s-1). For maize plants, sudden light/dark transitions at the end of the photoperiod were accompanied by prompt and considerable increases in methanol (m/z 33) and water vapor (m/z 39) emissions. Moreover, guttation droplets appeared on the sides and the tips of the leaves within a few minutes after light/dark transition. Therefore the assumption has been raised that methanol is also coming out with guttation fluid from the leaves. Consequently, guttation fluid was collected from young maize and wheat plants, injected in an empty enclosure and sampled by PTR-MS. Methanol and a large number of other compounds were observed from guttation fluid. Recent studies have shown that guttation from agricultural crops frequently occurs in field conditions. Further research is required to find out the source strength of methanol emissions by this guttation phenomenon in real environmental conditions.

  20. Volatile organic compounds in suburban Ankara atmosphere, Turkey: Sources and variability

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    Yurdakul, Sema; Civan, Mihriban; Tuncel, Gürdal

    2013-02-01

    In this study, concentrations of approximately 30 VOCs were measured, between January and June 2008 at a university campus in Ankara. Concentrations of measured VOCs are lower than corresponding concentrations reported for other cities in literature. Average concentrations of the measured VOCs ranged from 0.04 to 7.89 ?g m- 3. Benzene (2.18 ?g m- 3), toluene (7.89 ?g m- 3), ethylbenzene (0.85 ?g m- 3) and xylenes (2.62 ?g m- 3) (BTEX) were found as a major organics in suburban Ankara atmosphere. The measured VOCs also show well defined diurnal and weekday-weekend cycles. Toluene-to-benzene ratio (T/B) suggested that non-traffic sources can be important during summer months. The m,p-xylene-to-ethylbenzene ratio (X/E) pointed to transport of organic compounds from high-emission districts of the city. Positive matrix factorization applied to data revealed four sources, including gasoline exhaust, solvent evaporation, diesel emissions and a local laboratory source, contributing to VOC concentrations. Strengths of these sources, particularly solvent source, on total VOC concentrations showed seasonal differences. Source contributions on light and heavy VOCs were also different.

  1. Emissions from laboratory combustion of wildland fuels: emission factors and source profiles.

    PubMed

    Chen, L W Antony; Moosmüller, Hans; Arnott, W Patrick; Chow, Judith C; Watson, John G; Susott, Ronald A; Babbitt, Ronald E; Wold, Cyle E; Lincoln, Emily N; Hao, Wei Min

    2007-06-15

    Combustion of wildland fuels represents a major source of particulate matter (PM) and light-absorbing elemental carbon (EC) on a national and global scale, but the emission factors and source profiles have not been well characterized with respect to different fuels and combustion phases. These uncertainties limit the accuracy of current emission inventories, smoke forecasts, and source apportionments. This study investigates the evolution of gaseous and particulate emission and combustion efficiency by burning wildland fuels in a laboratory combustion facility. Emission factors for carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), total hydrocarbon (THC), nitrogen oxides (NO(x)), PM, light extinction and absorption cross sections, and spectral scattering cross sections specific to flaming and smoldering phases are reported. Emission factors are generally reproducible within +/- 20% during the flaming phase, which, despite its short duration, dominates the carbon emission (mostly in the form of CO2) and the production of light absorption and EC. Higher and more variable emission factors for CO, THC, and PM are found during the smoldering phase, especially for fuels containing substantial moisture. Organic carbon (OC) and EC mass account for a majority (i.e., > 60%) of PM mass; other important elements include potassium, chlorine, and sulfur. Thermal analysis separates the EC into subfractions based on analysis temperature demonstrating that high-temperature EC (EC2; at 700 degrees C) varies from 1% to 70% of PM among biomass burns, compared to 75% in kerosene soot. Despite this, the conversion factor between EC and light absorption emissions is rather consistent across fuels and burns, ranging from 7.8 to 9.6 m2/g EC. Findings from this study should be considered in the development of PM and EC emission inventories for visibility and radiative forcing assessments. PMID:17626431

  2. Three-Dimensional Two-Pion Emission Source at SPS: Extraction of Source Breakup Time and Emission Duration

    E-print Network

    P. Chung; P. Danielewicz

    2008-07-30

    A model-independent, three-dimensional source function for pion pairs has been extracted from Pb+Pb collisions at $\\sqrt s_{NN}=17.3$ AGeV. The extracted sourc e exhibits long-range non-Gaussian tails in the directions of the pion-pair net transverse-momentum and of the beam. Comparison with the Therminator model allow s for an extraction of the pion source proper breakup time and of emission durat ion in the collisions.

  3. Effect of wind tunnel air velocity on VOC flux rates from CAFO manure and wastewater

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Wind tunnels and flux chambers are often used to estimate volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from animal feeding operations (AFOs) without regard to air velocity or sweep air flow rates. Laboratory experiments were conducted to evaluate the effect of wind tunnel air velocity on VOC emission ...

  4. Accurate Simulation of Acoustic Emission Sources in Composite Plates

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Prosser, W. H.; Gorman, M. R.

    1994-01-01

    Acoustic emission (AE) signals propagate as the extensional and flexural plate modes in thin composite plates and plate-like geometries such as shells, pipes, and tubes. The relative amplitude of the two modes depends on the directionality of the source motion. For source motions with large out-of-plane components such as delaminations or particle impact, the flexural or bending plate mode dominates the AE signal with only a small extensional mode detected. A signal from such a source is well simulated with the standard pencil lead break (Hsu-Neilsen source) on the surface of the plate. For other sources such as matrix cracking or fiber breakage in which the source motion is primarily in-plane, the resulting AE signal has a large extensional mode component with little or no flexural mode observed. Signals from these type sources can also be simulated with pencil lead breaks. However, the lead must be fractured on the edge of the plate to generate an in-plane source motion rather than on the surface of the plate. In many applications such as testing of pressure vessels and piping or aircraft structures, a free edge is either not available or not in a desired location for simulation of in-plane type sources. In this research, a method was developed which allows the simulation of AE signals with a predominant extensional mode component in composite plates requiring access to only the surface of the plate.

  5. [Observation and study on atmospheric VOCs in Changsha city].

    PubMed

    Liu, Quan; Wang, Yue-Si; Wu, Fang-Kun; Sun, Jie

    2011-12-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are one of the key precursors of atmospheric ozone (O3), which also contribute to the production of SOA. During 2008, VOCs were measured near Changsha City. Weekly integrated canister samples were collected and analyzed in the morning and afternoon of each Tuesday. Simultaneously, concentration, potential ozone production and sources of VOCs in the atmosphere of Changsha were studied. The results indicated that the total VOCs species had higher concentrations in the morning (38.4 x 10(-9)), and lower in the afternoon (22.7 x 10(-9)), where the concentration of halo carbon was the highest, and alkanes, aromatics and alkenes came next. The m/p-xylene had the highest OH reactivity concentration (10.71 x 10(-9) C), 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene (6.04 x 10(-9) C) and 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene (2.23 x 10(-9) C) came next. Aromatics (66%) had the most significant contribution to the production of O3 in the atmospheric VOCs of Changsha, and alkenes (26%) and alkanes (8%) came next. The highest concentrations of propane and isopentane indicated vehicular exhaust and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) appear to be the main source of VOCs in Changsha City. Benzene/toluene ratio was higher than 0.5 which was close to 0.8, showing solvent volatilization was also a main source of VOCs. PMID:22468515

  6. The spatial extent of source influences on modeled column concentrations of short-lived species

    E-print Network

    Martin, Randall

    by the oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and can provide information about VOC emissions, which affect have been used as a proxy for estimating VOC emissions [Palmer et al., 2003; Millet et al., 2008]. SO2

  7. Low VOC drying of lumber and wood panel products. Progress report No. 5

    SciTech Connect

    Wild, P.; Yan, Hui; Banerjee, S. [and others

    1997-10-01

    This progress report summarizes three accomplishments in a study of low volatile organic compound (VOC) drying of lumber and wood panel products. A mathematical model for predicting moisture emissions from particle was constructed and is being extended to VOCs. VOCs emissions from drying boards show that VOCs appear to be evenly released from all surfaces. Preliminary results from monthly analyses of loblolly pines indicate that resin acids appear to decrease between March to August, and that no consistent trends are apparent for terpenes. 3 refs., 13 figs., 1 tab.

  8. Plasma emission spectroscopy for operating and developing the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) H- ion sources

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Han, B. X.; Welton, R. F.; Murray, S. N.; Pennisi, T. R.; Santana, M.; Stockli, M. P.

    2014-02-01

    A RF-driven, Cs-enhanced H- ion source feeds the SNS accelerator with a high current (typically >50 mA), ˜1.0 ms pulsed beam at 60 Hz. To achieve the persistent high current beam for several weeks long service cycles, each newly installed ion source undergoes a rigorous conditioning and cesiation processes. Plasma conditioning outgases the system and sputter-cleans the ion conversion surfaces. A cesiation process immediately following the plasma conditioning releases Cs to provide coverage on the ion conversion surfaces. The effectiveness of the ion source conditioning and cesiation is monitored with plasma emission spectroscopy using a high-sensitivity optical spectrometer. Plasma emission spectroscopy is also used to provide a means for diagnosing and confirming a failure of the insulating coating of the ion source RF antenna which is immersed in the plasma. Emissions of composition elements of the antenna coating material, Na emission being the most significant, drastically elevate to signal a failure when it happens. Plasma spectra of the developmental ion source with an AlN (aluminum nitrite) chamber and an external RF antenna are also briefly discussed.

  9. EMISSIONS ASSESSMENT OF CONVENTIONAL STATIONARY COMBUSTION SYSTEMS: VOLUME IV. COMMERCIAL/INSTITUTIONAL COMBUSTION SOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report characterizes air emissions from commercial/institutional external combustion sources and reciprocating engines and is the fourth of a series of five project reports characterizing emissions from conventional combustion sources. This characterization was based on a cri...

  10. REVISED EMISSIONS ESTIMATION METHODOLOGIES FOR INDUSTRIAL, RESIDENTIAL, AND ELECTRIC UTILITY STATIONARY COMBUSTION SOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report describes the development of improved and streamlined EPA emission estimation methods for stationary combustion area sources by the Joint Emissions Inventory Oversight Group (JEIOG) research program. hese sources include categories traditionally labeled "other stationa...

  11. REVISED EMISSIONS ESTIMATION METHODOLOGIES FOR INDUSTRIAL, RESIDENTIAL, AND ELECTRIC UTILITY STATIONARY COMBUSTION SOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report describes the development of improved and streamlined EPA emission estimation methods for stationary combustion area sources by the Joint Emissions Inventory Oversight Group (JEIOG) research program. These sources include categories traditionally labeled "other statio...

  12. Estimation of emissions from charcoal lighter fluid and review of alternatives. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Campbell, D.L.; Stockton, M.B.

    1990-01-01

    The report gives results of an evaluation of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from charcoal lighter fluid, a consumer product consisting entirely of volatile constituents. An estimated 46,250 tons (42,000 Mg) of charcoal lighter fluid is used in the U.S. each year. VOCs contribute to the formation of ozone; therefore, the ozone nonattainment issue has focused attention on VOCs emitted from many sources. VOCs are emitted when charcoal lighter fluid is used, but these emissions are difficult to quantify. Evaporative VOC losses occur from the lighter fluid prior to ignition, and combustion VOC losses occur from burning lighter-fluid-soaked charcoal briquettes. This study evaluates tests conducted to date on charcoal lighter fluid emissions. The information is most complete for evaporative VOC losses. The estimates vary greatly, however, based on the length of time between application of the lighter fluid and ignition. The limited tests conducted to date have not distinguished lighter fluid from charcoal-briquette combustion emissions.

  13. Analysis of Odor-Causing VOCs and Semi-VOCs Associated with Particulate Matter in Swine Barns Using SPME-GC-MS-Olfactometry

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Lingshuang Cai; Jacek A. Koziel; Yin-Cheung Lo; Steven J. Hoff

    2009-01-01

    Swine operations can affect air quality by emissions of odor, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other gases, and particulate matter (PM). Particulate matter has been proposed to be an important pathway for carrying odor. However, little is known about the odor-VOCs-PM interactions. In this research, continuous PM sampling was conducted simultaneously with three collocated TEOM analyzers inside a 1000-head swine

  14. Microcomputer software reviews - CHEMDAT6: Lotus spreadsheet for estimating air emissions

    SciTech Connect

    Davis, M.

    1989-11-01

    Regulatory agencies are asking probing questions about the emissions of Valatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) from industrial sources. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a Lotus spreadsheet, CHEMDAT6, to assist in estimating the air emissions from sources such as surface impoundments, open tanks, land treatment units, wastepiles, and waste handling facilities. The emission rates calculated by CHEMDAT6 may be used as input for further analyses, such as dispersion modeling, to determine the potential health impact of the calculated emissions.

  15. Evaluation of emission control strategies to reduce ozone pollution in the Paso del Norte region using a photochemical air quality modeling system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Valenzuela, Victor Hugo

    Air pollution emissions control strategies to reduce ozone precursor pollutants are analyzed by applying a photochemical modeling system. Simulations of air quality conditions during an ozone episode which occurred in June, 2006 are undertaken by increasing or reducing area source emissions in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Two air pollutants are primary drivers in the formation of tropospheric ozone. Oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) undergo multiple chemical reactions under favorable meteorological conditions to form ozone, which is a secondary pollutant that irritates respiratory systems in sensitive individuals especially the elderly and young children. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to limit ambient air pollutants such as ozone by establishing an 8-hour average concentration of 0.075 ppm as the threshold at which a violation of the standard occurs. Ozone forms primarily due reactions in the troposphere of NOx and VOC emissions generated primarily by anthropogenic sources in urban regions. Data from emissions inventories indicate area sources account for ˜15 of NOx and ˜45% of regional VOC emissions. Area sources include gasoline stations, automotive paint bodyshops and nonroad mobile sources. Multiplicity of air pollution emissions sources provides an opportunity to investigate and potentially implement air quality improvement strategies to reduce emissions which contribute to elevated ozone concentrations. A baseline modeling scenario was established using the CAMx photochemical air quality model from which a series of sensitivity analyses for evaluating air quality control strategies were conducted. Modifications to area source emissions were made by varying NOx and / or VOC emissions in the areas of particular interest. Model performance was assessed for each sensitivity analysis. Normalized bias (NB) and normalized error (NE) were used to identify variability of the PREDICTED to OBSERVED ozone concentrations of both BASELINE model and simulations with modified emissions assessed by the sensitivity analysis. All simulations were found to vary within acceptable ranges of these two criteria variables. Simulation results indicate ozone formation in the PdN region is VOC-limited. Under VOC-limited conditions, modifications to NOx emissions do not produce a marked increase or decrease in ozone concentrations. Modifications to VOC emissions generated the highest variability in ozone concentrations. Increasing VOC emissions by 75% produced results which minimized model bias and error when comparing PREDICTED and OBSERVED ozone concentrations. Increasing VOC emissions by 75% either alone or in combination with a 75% increase in NOx emissions generated PREDICTED ozone concentrations very near to OBSERVED ozone. By evaluating the changes in ambient ozone concentrations through photochemical modeling, air quality planners may identify the most efficient or effective VOC emissions control strategies for area sources. Among the strategies to achieve emissions reductions are installation of gasoline vapor recovery systems, replacing high-pressure low-volume surface coating paint spray guns with high-volume low-pressure spray paint guns, requiring emissions control booths for surface coating operations as well as undertaking solvent management practices, requiring the sale of low VOC paint solvents in the surface-coating industry, and requiring low-VOC solvents in the dry cleaning industry. Other strategies to reduce VOC emissions include initiating Eco-Driving strategies to reduce fuel consumption from mobile sources and minimize vehicle idling at the international ports of entry by reducing bridge wait times. This dissertation depicts a tool for evaluating impacts of emissions on regional air quality by addressing the highly unresolved fugitive emissions in the Paso del Norte region. It provides a protocol for decision makers to assess the effects of various emission control strategies in the region. Impacts of specific sourc

  16. Scenarios of global mercury emissions from anthropogenic sources

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rafaj, P.; Bertok, I.; Cofala, J.; Schöpp, W.

    2013-11-01

    This paper discusses the impact of air quality and climate policies on global mercury emissions in the time horizon up to 2050. Evolution of mercury emissions is based on projections of energy consumption for a scenario without any global greenhouse gas mitigation efforts, and for a 2 °C climate policy scenario, which assumes internationally coordinated action to mitigate climate change. The assessment takes into account current air quality legislation in each country, as well as provides estimates of maximum feasible reductions in mercury through 2050. Results indicate significant scope for co-benefits of climate policies for mercury emissions. Atmospheric releases of mercury from anthropogenic sources under the global climate mitigation regime are reduced in 2050 by 45% when compared to the case without climate measures. Around one third of world-wide co-benefits for mercury emissions by 2050 occur in China. An annual Hg-abatement of about 800 tons is estimated for the coal combustion in power sector if the current air pollution legislation and climate policies are adopted in parallel.

  17. Emission features of a conventional radio frequency glow discharge source and a magnetically enhanced source

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Heintz, M. J.; Galley, P. J.; Hieftje, G. M.

    1994-07-01

    A side-on-viewed source was developed in order to determine spatial emission features of a radio frequency (rf)-powered glow discharge. The discharge was formed inside a stainless steel T-shaped cell, which acted as the grounded anode. The cathode assembly was inserted into the leg of the T with the cathode situated near the T intersection. The resulting plasma was formed in the long arm of the T and was viewed through a window at one end of the T. Spatial profiles of Ar emission at 420 nm, Cu emission at 324 nm, and OH band emission at 309 nm were collected with an imaging spectrometer. The source was operated over a pressure range of 0.1-1.0 torr at rf power levels between 20 and 50 W. A power supply was employed at frequencies of 3.5, 6.78, and 13.56 MHz in order to determine the effect of driving frequency. The source was then modified by the placement of two magnets (either cobalt-samarium or ceramic) on its exterior. The magnets were placed on opposite sides of the T next to the cathode in order to create a transverse magnetic field in the region of the discharge above the cathode surface. The effect of the applied magnetic field on the voltage characteristics, sputtering rate, and spatial emission features of the source were then explored. Detection limits of the magnetically modified source for Monel 400 samples (Ni/Cu alloy) were also determined (10-50 ppm) using a high-resolution photodiode-array spectrometer.

  18. Regenerative thermal oxidation and alternative technologies for VOC control

    SciTech Connect

    Biedell, E.L. [REECQ, Somerville, NJ (United States)

    1995-12-31

    Thermal oxidation technologies have been used successfully to control VOC`s for many years but the recent 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments have spurred improvements in the established processes and development of economic alternatives. The combination of the regulatory maze and confusion in the selection of the best technology for a particular application has created a potential nightmare for those companies facing a need to reduce their VOC EMISSIONS. The relative advantages and disadvantages of regenerative, recuperative and catalytic oxidizers will be reviewed, with an emphasis on the economic justification for regenerative thermal oxidation (RTO). Control efficiencies of more than 99% have been demonstrated for RTO`s on a multitude of industrial process exhaust streams. Lowest evaluated cost over a fifteen to twenty year effective equipment life is a key selection criteria. This paper describes the underlying principles of thermal oxidation, and discusses the applicability of these and other emerging technologies for VOC control.

  19. Assessment of Methane and VOC Emissions on Select Upstream Oil and Gas Production Operations Using Remote Measurements, Interim Report on Recent Survey Studies

    EPA Science Inventory

    Environmentally responsible development of oil and gas assets in the United States is facilitated by advancement of sector-specific air pollution emission measurement and modeling tools. Emissions from upstream oil and gas production are complex in nature due to the variety of e...

  20. Noise source emissions, Deaf Smith County site, Texas

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1987-05-13

    Noise source data and use factors for modeling the noise environment expected from salt site repository activity were provided by Battelle Columbus Division. This report has been prepared for the purpose of documenting the development of the data provided to the Repository Project Management (RPM) organization. The data provided encompass all phases of activity from site preparation through construction of the exploratory shaft facility (ESF). Noise environments expected from construction and operation of transportation corridors associated with the activity were also modeled. The equipment inventory, including sound-power levels for each item, is included. Emission source terms provided by Parsons Brinckerhoff/PB-KBB for the ESF were used as a basis for the noise-source emission inventory development. Where available, research results containing complete spectra were used. In cases where complete data were not available, a sound-pressure spectrum was synthesized from a characteristic spectrum shape from a similar piece of equipment. For example, a front-shovel excavator might be approximated by data from a front-end loader of similar horsepower range. Sound-power-level spectra were then calculated from the sound-pressure-level data. 2 refs.

  1. Ambient air/near-field measurements of methane and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from a natural gas facility in Northern Europe

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Baudic, Alexia; Gros, Valérie; Bonsang, Bernard; Baisnee, Dominique; Vogel, Félix; Yver Kwok, Camille; Ars, Sébastien; Finlayson, Andrew; Innocenti, Fabrizio; Robinson, Rod

    2015-04-01

    Since the 1970's, the natural gas consumption saw a rapid growth in large urban centers, thus becoming an important energy resource to meet continuous needs of factories and inhabitants. Nevertheless, it can be a substantial source of methane (CH4) and pollutants in urban areas. For instance, we have determined that about 20% of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in downtown Paris are originating from this emission source (Baudic, Gros et al., in preparation). Within the framework of the "Fugitive Methane Emissions" (FuME) project (Climate-KIC, EIT); 2-weeks gas measurements were conducted at a gas compressor station in Northern Europe. Continuous ambient air measurements of methane and VOCs concentrations were performed using a cavity ring-down spectrometer (model G2201, Picarro Inc., Santa Clara, USA) and two portable GC-FID (Chromatotec, Saint-Antoine, France), respectively. On-site near-field samplings were also carried out at the source of two pipelines using stainless steel flasks (later analyzed with a laboratory GC-FID). The objective of this study aims to use VOCs as additional tracers in order to better characterize the fugitive methane emissions in a complex environment, which can be affected by several urban sources (road-traffic, others industries, etc.). Moreover, these measurements have allowed determining the chemical composition of this specific source. Our results revealed that the variability of methane and some VOCs was (rather) well correlated, especially for alkanes (ethane, propane, etc.). An analysis of selected events with strong concentrations enhancement was performed using ambient air measurements; thus allowing the preliminary identification of different emission sources. In addition, some flasks were also sampled in Paris to determine the local natural gas composition. A comparison between both was then performed. Preliminary results from these experiments will be presented here.

  2. 40 CFR 63.5988 - What emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources? 63...Manufacturing Emission Limitations for Puncture Sealant Application Affected Sources § 63...emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources?...

  3. 40 CFR 63.5988 - What emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources? 63...Manufacturing Emission Limitations for Puncture Sealant Application Affected Sources § 63...emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources?...

  4. 40 CFR 63.5988 - What emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources? 63...Manufacturing Emission Limitations for Puncture Sealant Application Affected Sources § 63...emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources?...

  5. 40 CFR 63.5988 - What emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources? 63...Manufacturing Emission Limitations for Puncture Sealant Application Affected Sources § 63...emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources?...

  6. 40 CFR 63.5988 - What emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources? 63...Manufacturing Emission Limitations for Puncture Sealant Application Affected Sources § 63...emission limitations must I meet for puncture sealant application affected sources?...

  7. The Backward Theory of Stochastic Particle Transport with Multiple Emission Sources

    Microsoft Academic Search

    I. Pázsit

    1999-01-01

    The backward theory of stochastic transport is elaborated for the case of subcritical systems with a source that emits more than one particle in each source emission event. Examples of such sources are spontaneous fission sources, such as 252Cf, and, more important, spallation sources. Possible forms of the source distribution describing e.g. a spallation source in a thin target are

  8. METHANOL MASER EMISSION FROM GALACTIC CENTER SOURCES WITH EXCESS 4.5 {mu}m EMISSION

    SciTech Connect

    Chambers, E. T.; Yusef-Zadeh, F.; Roberts, D., E-mail: e-chambers@northwestern.edu, E-mail: zadeh@northwestern.edu, E-mail: doug-roberts@northwestern.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States)

    2011-05-20

    We present a study of signatures of on-going star formation in a sample of protostellar objects with enhanced 4.5 {mu}m emission ('green' sources) near the Galactic center. To understand how star formation in the Galactic center region compares to that of the Galactic disk, we used the Expanded Very Large Array to observe radiatively excited Class II 6.7 GHz CH{sub 3}OH masers and collisionally excited Class I 44 GHz CH{sub 3}OH masers, both tracers of high-mass star formation, toward a sample of 34 Galactic center and foreground 'green' sources. We find that 33% {+-} 15% of Galactic center sources are coincident with 6.7 GHz masers, and that 44% {+-} 17% of foreground sources are coincident with 6.7 GHz masers. For 44 GHz masers, we find correlation rates of 27% {+-} 13% and 25% {+-} 13% for Galactic center green sources and foreground green sources, respectively. Based on these CH{sub 3}OH maser detection rates, as well as correlations of green sources with other tracers of star formation, such as 24 {mu}m emission and infrared dark clouds (IRDCs), we find no significant difference between the green sources in the Galactic center and those foreground to it. This suggests that once the star formation process has begun, the environmental differences between the Galactic center region and the Galactic disk have little effect on its observational signatures. We do find, however, some evidence that may support a recent episode of star formation in the Galactic center region.

  9. ProVoc

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2007-01-01

    Learning a new language can be daunting, but this handy application can make this process a bit friendlier. With ProVoc, users can download existing vocabulary sets for English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, and dozens of other languages. After that, they can run through these words at their leisure on their computer or their iPod for convenience. Finally, the site also includes a FAQ section that answers any number of topical questions about the application. This version is compatible with computers running Mac OS X 10.3 and newer.

  10. Thermal response and recyclability of poly(stearylacrylate- co -ethylene glycol dimethacrylate) gel as a VOCs absorbent

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Masahiko Ohta; Veera M. Boddu; Minori Uchimiya; Kazuki Sada

    2011-01-01

    The development of absorbent materials for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is in demand for a variety of environmental applications\\u000a including protective barriers for VOCs point sources. One of the challenges for the currently available VOCs absorbents is\\u000a their recyclability. In this study, we synthesized poly(stearylacrylate-co-ethylene glycol dimethacrylate) (NG-18) gels, and after rigorous characterization, investigated the absorption properties\\u000a for VOCs. The

  11. Sources and emission of greenhouse gases in Danube Delta lakes.

    PubMed

    Pavel, Alina; Durisch-Kaiser, Edith; Balan, Sorin; Radan, Silviu; Sobek, Sebastian; Wehrli, Bernhard

    2009-08-01

    Production of methane and carbon dioxide as well as methane concentrations in surface waters and emissions to the atmosphere were investigated in two flow-through lake complexes (Uzlina-Isac and Puiu-Rosu-Rosulet) in the Danube Delta during post-flood conditions in May and low water level in September 2006. Retained nutrients fueled primary production and remineralization of bioavailable organic matter. This led to an observable net release of methane, particularly in the lakes Uzlina, Puiu and Rosu in May. Input from the Danube River, from redbuds and benthic release contributed to CH(4) concentrations in surface waters. In addition to significant river input of CO(2), this trace gas was released via aerobic remineralization within the water column and in top sediments. Emission patterns of CO(2) widely overlapped with those of CH(4). Generally, greenhouse gas emissions peaked in the lake complex adjacent to the Danube River in May due to strong winds and decreased with increasing hydrological distance from the Danube River. Intense remineralization of organic matter in the Danube Delta lakes results in a net source of atmospheric greenhouse gases. PMID:19506929

  12. PAH Clusters as Sources of Interstellar Infrared Emission

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Roser, J. E.; Ricca, A.

    2015-03-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (or PAHs) have been the subject of astrochemical research for several decades as principal sources of the interstellar aromatic infrared emission bands. PAH clusters could possibly contribute to these emission bands, but a lack of data on their infrared properties has made this hypothesis difficult to evaluate. Here we investigate homogeneous neutral PAH clusters by measuring the mid-infrared absorption spectra of the five nonlinear PAH molecules phenanthrene, chrysene, pyrene, perylene, and benzo[ghi]perylene within solid argon ice at a fixed temperature of 5 K. We attribute observed spectral shifts in their principal absorption bands as a function of argon/PAH ratio to clustering of the PAH molecules within the argon matrix. These shifts are related to the cluster structures forming in the matrix and the topology of the monomer PAH molecule. We predict that interstellar PAH molecules that are relatively large (no fewer than 50 carbon atoms per molecule) and compact will have clusters that contribute to the asymmetrically red-shaded profile of the interstellar 11.2 ?m emission band.

  13. Far-Infrared sources and diffuse emission in M31

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Xu, Cong; Helou, George

    1994-01-01

    A study on the far-infrared (FIR) emission of M31 has been carried out with the High Resolution (HiRes) maps (approx. 1 min) derived from IRAS data. Sixty-eight FIR sources are detected in M31, which in general coincide with optical HII regions, and contribute 15, 23, 29, and 23 percent to the fluxes in 12, 25, 60, and 100 micron bands, respectively. The remaining diffuse emission, which dominates the FIR emission of M31, is studied using a dust heating model which utilizes the UV and optical photometry maps and the HI maps available in the literature. It is found that the global dust-to-gas ratio in M31 disk is 6.5 10(exp -3), very close to the dust-to-gas ratio in the solar neighborhood. There is a significant galactocentric gradient of the dust-to-HI-gas ratio, with an e-folding scale length of 9 kpc. The diffuse dust correlates tightly with the HI gas. The model indicates that the non-ionizing UV (913-4000A) radiation from massive and intermediate massive stars contributes only about 30 percent of the heating of the diffuse dust, while the optical-NIR (4000-9000A) radiation from the old stellar population is responsible for the most of the heating.

  14. Modeling the H2O submillimeter emission in extragalactic sources

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    González-Alfonso, E.; Fischer, J.; Aalto, S.; Falstad, N.

    2014-07-01

    Recent observational studies have shown that H2O emission at (rest) submillimeter wavelengths is ubiquitous in infrared galaxies, both in the local and in the early Universe, suggestive of far-infrared pumping of H2O by dust in warm regions. In this work, models are presented that show that (i) the highest-lying H2O lines (Eupper > 400 K) are formed in very warm (Tdust ? 90 K) regions and require high H2O columns (NH2O ? 3 × 1017 cm-2), while lower lying lines can be efficiently excited with Tdust ~ 45-75 K and NH2O ~ (0.5-2) × 1017 cm-2; (ii) significant collisional excitation of the lowest lying (Eupper < 200 K) levels, which enhances the overall LH2O-LIR ratios, is identified in sources where the ground-state para-H2O 111-000 line is detected in emission; (iii) the H2O-to-infrared (8-1000 ?m) luminosity ratio is expected to decrease with increasing Tdust for all lines with Eupper ? 300 K, as has recently been reported in a sample of LIRGs, but increases with Tdust for the highest lying H2O lines (Eupper > 400 K); (iv) we find theoretical upper limits for LH2O/LIR in warm environments, owing to H2O line saturation; (v) individual models are presented for two very different prototypical galaxies, the Seyfert 2 galaxy NGC 1068 and the nearest ultraluminous infrared galaxy Arp 220, showing that the excited submillimeter H2O emission is dominated by far-infrared pumping in both cases; (vi) the LH2O - LIR correlation previously reported in observational studies indicates depletion or exhaustion time scales, tdep = ?gas/ ?SFR, of ?12 Myr for star-forming sources where lines up to Eupper = 300 K are detected, in agreement with the values previously found for (U)LIRGs from HCN millimeter emission. We conclude that the submillimeter H2O line emission other than the para-H2O 111-000 transition is pumped primarily by far-infrared radiation, though some collisional pumping may contribute to the low-lying para-H2O 202-111 line, and that collisional pumping of the para-111 and ortho-212 levels enhances the radiative pumping of the higher lying levels. Appendix A is available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  15. Modal acoustic emission source determination in silicon carbide matrix composites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Morscher, G. N.

    2000-05-01

    Modal acoustic emission has been used to monitor damage accumulation in woven silicon carbide (SiC) fiber reinforced SiC matrix composites during tensile testing. There are several potential sources of damage in these systems including transverse matrix cracking, fiber/matrix interphase debonding and sliding, longitudinal cracks in between plies, and fiber breakage. In the past, it has been shown that modal AE is excellent at detecting when damage occurs and subsides, where the damage occurs along the length of the sample, and the loss in material stiffness as a consequence of damage accumulation. The next step is to determine the extent that modal AE can be used to identify specific physical sources. This study will discuss the status of this aim for this composite system. Individual events were analyzed and correlated to specific sources based on the characteristics of the received waveforms, e.g., frequency spectrum and energy, and when the event occurred during the stress-history of the tensile test. Post-test microstructural examination of the test specimens enabled some correlation between specific types of AE events and damage sources.

  16. Full-scale chamber investigation and simulation of air freshener emissions in the presence of ozone.

    PubMed

    Liu, Xiaoyu; Mason, Mark; Krebs, Kenneth; Sparks, Leslie

    2004-05-15

    Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from one electrical plug-in type of pine-scented air freshener and their reactions with O3 were investigated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indoor air research large chamber facility. Ozone was generated from a device marketed as an ozone generator air cleaner. Ozone and oxides of nitrogen concentrations and chamber conditions such as temperature, relative humidity, pressure, and air exchange rate were controlled and/or monitored. VOC emissions and some of the reaction products were identified and quantified. Source emission models were developed to predict the time/concentration profiles of the major VOCs (limonene, alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, 3-carene, camphene, benzyl propionate, benzyl alcohol, bornyl acetate, isobornyl acetate, and benzaldehyde) emitted bythe air freshener. Gas-phase reactions of VOCs from the air freshener with O3 were simulated by a photochemical kinetics simulation system using VOC reaction mechanisms and rate constants adopted from the literature. The concentration-time predictions were in good agreement with the data for O3 and VOCs emitted from the air freshener and with some of the primary reaction products. Systematic differences between the predictions and the experimental results were found for some species. Poor understanding of secondary reactions and heterogeneous chemistry in the chamber is the likely cause of these differences. The method has the potential to provide data to predict the impact of O3/VOC interactions on indoor air quality. PMID:15212253

  17. Neutron-emission measurements at a white neutron source

    SciTech Connect

    Haight, Robert C [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2010-01-01

    Data on the spectrum of neutrons emittcd from neutron-induced reactions are important in basic nuclear physics and in applications. Our program studies neutron emission from inelastic scattering as well as fission neutron spectra. A ''white'' neutron source (continuous in energy) allows measurements over a wide range of neutron energies all in one experiment. We use the tast neutron source at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center for incident neutron energies from 0.5 MeV to 200 MeV These experiments are based on double time-of-flight techniques to determine the energies of the incident and emitted neutrons. For the fission neutron measurements, parallel-plate ionization or avalanche detectors identify fission in actinide samples and give the required fast timing pulse. For inelastic scattering, gamma-ray detectors provide the timing and energy spectroscopy. A large neutron-detector array detects the emitted neutrons. Time-of-flight techniques are used to measure the energies of both the incident and emitted neutrons. Design considerations for the array include neutron-gamma discrimination, neutron energy resolution, angular coverage, segmentation, detector efficiency calibration and data acquisition. We have made preliminary measurements of the fission neutron spectra from {sup 235}U, {sup 238}U, {sup 237}Np and {sup 239}Pu. Neutron emission spectra from inelastic scattering on iron and nickel have also been investigated. The results obtained will be compared with evaluated data.

  18. Identifying and characterizing major emission point sources as a basis for geospatial distribution of mercury emissions inventories

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Steenhuisen, Frits; Wilson, Simon J.

    2015-07-01

    Mercury is a global pollutant that poses threats to ecosystem and human health. Due to its global transport, mercury contamination is found in regions of the Earth that are remote from major emissions areas, including the Polar regions. Global anthropogenic emission inventories identify important sectors and industries responsible for emissions at a national level; however, to be useful for air transport modelling, more precise information on the locations of emission is required. This paper describes the methodology applied, and the results of work that was conducted to assign anthropogenic mercury emissions to point sources as part of geospatial mapping of the 2010 global anthropogenic mercury emissions inventory prepared by AMAP/UNEP. Major point-source emission sectors addressed in this work account for about 850 tonnes of the emissions included in the 2010 inventory. This work allocated more than 90% of these emissions to some 4600 identified point source locations, including significantly more point source locations in Africa, Asia, Australia and South America than had been identified during previous work to geospatially-distribute the 2005 global inventory. The results demonstrate the utility and the limitations of using existing, mainly public domain resources to accomplish this work. Assumptions necessary to make use of selected online resources are discussed, as are artefacts that can arise when these assumptions are applied to assign (national-sector) emissions estimates to point sources in various countries and regions. Notwithstanding the limitations of the available information, the value of this procedure over alternative methods commonly used to geo-spatially distribute emissions, such as use of 'proxy' datasets to represent emissions patterns, is illustrated. Improvements in information that would facilitate greater use of these methods in future work to assign emissions to point-sources are discussed. These include improvements to both national (geo-referenced) emission inventories and also to other resources that can be employed when such national inventories are lacking.

  19. Source fingerprints for receptor modeling of volatile organics

    SciTech Connect

    Scheff, P.A. (Illinois Institute of Chicago (USA)); Wadden, R.A.; Bates, B.A. (Univ. of Illinois, Chicago (USA)); Aronian, P.F. (UOP Inc., Des Plaines, IL (USA))

    1989-04-01

    The development of receptor models for the determination of the sources of an ambient air pollution requires that the composition of the pollutant at the point of emissions be known. For this study, composition information for 10 sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) were evaluated and source fingerprints developed. The source categories include motor vehicles, gasoline vapor, petroleum refineries, architectural coatings, graphic arts, waste-water treatment, vapor degreasing, dry cleaning, automobile assembly (including body painting), and polyethylene production. The fingerprints are presented for a group of 23 compounds. These compounds were selected for a variety of reasons including ease of measurement in the ambient environment, compound toxicity, reactivity, and usefulness in previous receptor modeling applications. In general, the data for sources of VOC are remarkably consistent from study to study. Because the profiles for many of the sources of VOC are controlled by physical and chemical process (e.g. combustion) and not raw material composition, the fingerprints have general applicability.

  20. Alcohol, volatile fatty acid, phenol, and methane emissions from dairy cows and fresh manure

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    There are approximately 2.5 million dairy cows in California. Emission inventories list dairy cows and their waste as the major source of regional air pollutants, but data on their actual emissions remain sparse, particularly for smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOC) and greenhouse gases (GH...

  1. MODULATING EMISSIONS FROM ELECTRIC GENERATING UNITS AS A FUNCTION OF METEOROLOGICAL VARIABLES

    EPA Science Inventory

    Electric Generating Units (EGUs) are an important source of emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), which react with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the presence of sunlight to form ozone. Emissions from EGUs are believed to vary depending on short-term demands for electricity;...

  2. Sources of persistent organic pollutants emission on the territory of Belarus

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sergey V Kakareka

    2002-01-01

    The paper considers selected persistent organic pollutants (POPs) atmospheric emission evaluation on the territory of Belarus for main source categories. The procedure applied was based on the UNECE EMEP methodology. Data of industrial statistics, production processes analysis and relevant emission factors were used. For a number of sources, only quality and semi-quality emission evaluation was conducted, due to the lack

  3. Market-based emissions regulation when damages vary across sources: What are the gains from differentiation?

    E-print Network

    Fowlie, Meredith

    Market-based emissions regulation when damages vary across sources: What are the gains from-based emissions regulation when damages vary across sources: What are the gains from differentiation? Abstract For much of the air pollution currently regulated under U.S. emissions trading programs, health

  4. Integrated approach for the control of VOC and air toxic emissions from aircraft painting/depainting operations in the U.S. Air Force

    SciTech Connect

    Venkatesh, S.; Waterland, L.R.; Wolbach, C.D. [ARCADIS Geraghty and Miller, Mountain View, CA (United States); Wander, J. [Air Force, Tyndall AFB, FL (United States)

    1998-12-31

    The emission of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) from aircraft painting and depainting operations will soon be subject to the aerospace national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP). HAP emissions from large-aircraft paint/depaint facilities in the Air Force (AF) can be categorized into high-flow low-concentration (HFLC) streams. Exhaust air flowrates can be as high as 500,000 cfm, and concentration of the pollutant is typically less than 150 ppm. A number of conventional and emerging technologies exist that can effectively treat the pollutant. But the cost of treating HFLC air streams is prohibitive. The key to cost reduction in such cases lies in flow reduction. This paper will present integrated approaches to emission control that result in cost-effective solutions. The main strategy of the integrated approach is flow-reduction. However, each facility can be unique and will present a new challenge to flow reduction. This paper also presents a methodology for evaluating the optimum cost of control of HFLC for a given facility. The optimization process involves maximization of pollutant removal with the best available technology, and minimization of the overall cost. It will be shown that this methodology can be extended to other similar operations such as aircraft and vehicle painting operations. Data from a case study on an actual AF depainting operation will be presented.

  5. X-ray Emission from the Sombrero Galaxy: Discrete Sources

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Li, Zhiyuan; Spitler, Lee R.; Jones, Christine; Forman, William R.; Kraft, Ralph P.; Di Stefano, Rosanne; Tang, Shikui; Wang, Q. Daniel; Gilfanov, Marat; Revnivtsev, Mikhail

    2010-10-01

    We present a study of discrete X-ray sources in and around the bulge-dominated, massive Sa galaxy, Sombrero (M104), based on new and archival Chandra observations with a total exposure of ~200 ks. With a detection limit of L X ? 1037 erg s-1 and a field of view covering a galactocentric radius of ~30 kpc (11farcm5), 383 sources are detected. Cross-correlation with Spitler et al.'s catalog of Sombrero globular clusters (GCs) identified from HST/ACS observations reveals 41 X-ray sources in GCs, presumably low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs). Metal-rich GCs are found to have a higher probability of hosting these LMXBs, a trend similar to that found in elliptical galaxies. On the other hand, the four most luminous GC LMXBs, with apparently super-Eddington luminosities for an accreting neutron star, are found in metal-poor GCs. We quantify the differential luminosity functions (LFs) for both the detected GC and field LMXBs, whose power-law indices (~1.1 for the GC-LF and ~1.6 for field-LF) are consistent with previous studies for elliptical galaxies. With precise sky positions of the GCs without a detected X-ray source, we further quantify, through a fluctuation analysis, the GC-LF at fainter luminosities down to 1035 erg s-1. The derived index rules out a faint-end slope flatter than 1.1 at a 2? significance, contrary to recent findings in several elliptical galaxies and the bulge of M31. On the other hand, the 2-6 keV unresolved emission places a tight constraint on the field LF, implying a flattened index of ~1.0 below 1037 erg s-1. We also detect 101 sources in the halo of Sombrero. The presence of these sources cannot be interpreted as galactic LMXBs whose spatial distribution empirically follows the starlight. Their number is also higher than the expected number of cosmic active galactic nuclei (52 ± 11 [1?]) whose surface density is constrained by deep X-ray surveys. We suggest that either the cosmic X-ray background is unusually high in the direction of Sombrero, or a distinct population of X-ray sources is present in the halo of Sombrero.

  6. BASELINE EMISSIONS FORECASTS FOR INDUSTRIAL NON-BOILER SOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives regional air emission forecasts from three Process Model Projection Technique (PROMPT) runs. These estimates illustrate a range of possible future emissions. PROMPT, one of a number of National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program emission forecasting models, pr...

  7. SOA formation potential of emissions from soil and leaf litter.

    PubMed

    Faiola, Celia L; Vanderschelden, Graham S; Wen, Miao; Elloy, Farah C; Cobos, Douglas R; Watts, Richard J; Jobson, B Thomas; Vanreken, Timothy M

    2014-01-21

    Soil and leaf litter are significant global sources of small oxidized volatile organic compounds, VOCs (e.g., methanol and acetaldehyde). They may also be significant sources of larger VOCs that could act as precursors to secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. To investigate this, soil and leaf litter samples were collected from the University of Idaho Experimental Forest and transported to the laboratory. There, the VOC emissions were characterized and used to drive SOA formation via dark, ozone-initiated reactions. Monoterpenes dominated the emission profile with emission rates as high as 228 ?g-C m(-2) h(-1). The composition of the SOA produced was similar to biogenic SOA formed from oxidation of ponderosa pine emissions and ?-pinene. Measured soil and litter monoterpene emission rates were compared with modeled canopy emissions. Results suggest surface soil and litter monoterpene emissions could range from 12 to 136% of canopy emissions in spring and fall. Thus, emissions from leaf litter may potentially extend the biogenic emissions season, contributing to significant organic aerosol formation in the spring and fall when reduced solar radiation and temperatures reduce emissions from living vegetation. PMID:24328143

  8. 75 FR 67676 - Delegation of National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories...

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2010-11-03

    ...Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories; State of Nevada; Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management...emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) to Clark County,...

  9. Estimation of mercury emission from different sources to atmosphere in Chongqing, China.

    PubMed

    Wang, Dingyong; He, Lei; Wei, Shiqiang; Feng, Xinbin

    2006-08-01

    This investigation presents a first assessment of the contribution to the regional mercury budget from anthropogenic and natural sources in Chongqing, an important industrial region in southwest China. The emissions of mercury to atmosphere from anthropogenic sources in the region were estimated through indirect approaches, i.e. using commonly acceptable emission factors method, which based on annual process throughputs or consumption for these sources. The natural mercury emissions were estimated from selected natural sources by the dynamic flux chamber technique. The results indicated that the anthropogenic mercury emissions totaled approximately 8.85 tons (t), more than 50% of this total originated in coal combustion and 23.7% of this total emission in the industrial process (include cement production, metal smelting and chemical industry). The natural emissions represented approximately 17% of total emissions (1.78 t yr(-1)). The total mercury emission to atmosphere in Chongqing in 2001 was 10.63 t. PMID:16219340

  10. 40 CFR Table 2 to Subpart Qqqq of... - Emission Limits for Existing Affected Sources

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) NATIONAL EMISSION STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS FOR SOURCE CATEGORIES National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Surface Coating of Wood Building Products Pt. 63, Subpt....

  11. 40 CFR Table 2 to Subpart Qqqq of... - Emission Limits for Existing Affected Sources

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) NATIONAL EMISSION STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS FOR SOURCE CATEGORIES National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Surface Coating of Wood Building Products Pt. 63, Subpt....

  12. 40 CFR Table 1 to Subpart Qqqq of... - Emission Limits for New or Reconstructed Affected Sources

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) NATIONAL EMISSION STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS FOR SOURCE CATEGORIES National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Surface Coating of Wood Building Products Pt. 63, Subpt....

  13. 40 CFR Table 1 to Subpart Qqqq of... - Emission Limits for New or Reconstructed Affected Sources

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) NATIONAL EMISSION STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS FOR SOURCE CATEGORIES National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Surface Coating of Wood Building Products Pt. 63, Subpt....

  14. Modeled and observed ozone sensitivity to mobile-source emissions in Mexico City

    E-print Network

    Zavala, M.

    The emission characteristics of mobile sources in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA) have changed significantly over the past few decades in response to emission control policies, advancements in vehicle technologies ...

  15. Supplemental Materials Emissions Inventory

    E-print Network

    Meskhidze, Nicholas

    strategy. Source Type 2006 Base Case 2018 Baseline 2018 Control Strategy NOx VOC CO NOx VOC CO NOx VOC CO.39 1586.49 364.19 1026.69 1586.49 Control measures include a suit of regulations that have previously been

  16. 40 CFR 63.1316 - PET and polystyrene affected sources-emissions control provisions.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false PET and polystyrene affected sources-emissions control...Polymers and Resins § 63.1316 PET and polystyrene affected sources—emissions control...operator of an affected source producing polystyrene using a continuous process...

  17. EMISSION FACTORS FOR IRON AND STEEL SOURCES: CRITERIA AND TOXIC POLLUTANTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report provides a comprehensive set of emission factors for sources of both criteria and toxic air pollutants in integrated iron and steel plants and specialty electric arc shops (minimills). Emission factors are identified for process sources, and process and open source fug...

  18. EMISSION FACTORS FOR IRON AND STEEL SOURCES -- CRITERIA AND TOXIC POLLUTANTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report provides a comprehensive set of emission factors for sources of both criteria and toxic air pollutants in integrated iron and steel plants and specialty electric arc shops (minimills). Emission factors are identified for process sources, and process and open source fug...

  19. Determination of urban volatile organic compound emission ratios and comparison with an emissions database

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Warneke, C.; McKeen, S. A.; de Gouw, J. A.; Goldan, P. D.; Kuster, W. C.; Holloway, J. S.; Williams, E. J.; Lerner, B. M.; Parrish, D. D.; Trainer, M.; Fehsenfeld, F. C.; Kato, S.; Atlas, E. L.; Baker, A.; Blake, D. R.

    2007-05-01

    During the NEAQS-ITCT2k4 campaign in New England, anthropogenic VOCs and CO were measured downwind from New York City and Boston. The emission ratios of VOCs relative to CO and acetylene were calculated using a method in which the ratio of a VOC with acetylene is plotted versus the photochemical age. The intercept at the photochemical age of zero gives the emission ratio. The so determined emission ratios were compared to other measurement sets, including data from the same location in 2002, canister samples collected inside New York City and Boston, aircraft measurements from Los Angeles in 2002, and the average urban composition of 39 U.S. cities. All the measurements generally agree within a factor of two. The measured emission ratios also agree for most compounds within a factor of two with vehicle exhaust data indicating that a major source of VOCs in urban areas is automobiles. A comparison with an anthropogenic emission database shows less agreement. Especially large discrepancies were found for the C2-C4 alkanes and most oxygenated species. As an example, the database overestimated toluene by almost a factor of three, which caused an air quality forecast model (WRF-CHEM) using this database to overpredict the toluene mixing ratio by a factor of 2.5 as well. On the other hand, the overall reactivity of the measured species and the reactivity of the same compounds in the emission database were found to agree within 30%.

  20. Halocarbon emissions and sources in the equatorial Atlantic Cold Tongue

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hepach, H.; Quack, B.; Raimund, S.; Fischer, T.; Atlas, E. L.; Bracher, A.

    2015-04-01

    Halocarbons from oceanic sources contribute to halogens in the troposphere, and can be transported into the stratosphere where they take part in ozone depletion. This paper presents distribution and sources in the equatorial Atlantic from June and July 2011 of the four compounds bromoform (CHBr3), dibromomethane (CH2Br2), methyl iodide (CH3I) and diiodomethane (CH2I2). Enhanced biological production during the Atlantic Cold Tongue (ACT) season, indicated by phytoplankton pigment concentrations, led to elevated concentrations of CHBr3 of up to 44.7 pmol L-1 and up to 9.2 pmol L-1 for CH2Br2 in surface water, which is comparable to other tropical upwelling systems. While both compounds correlated very well with each other in the surface water,CH2Br2 was often more elevated in greater depth than CHBr3, which showed maxima in the vicinity of the deep chlorophyll maximum. The deeper maximum of CH2Br2 indicates an additional source in comparison to CHBr3 or a slower degradation of CH2Br2. Concentrations of CH3I of up to 12.8 pmol L-1 in the surface water were measured. In contrary to expectations of a predominantly photochemical source in the tropical ocean, its distribution was mostly in agreement with biological parameters, indicating a~biological source. CH2I2 was very low in the near surface water with maximum concentrations of only 3.7 pmol L-1, and the observed anticorrelation with global radiation was likely due to its strong photolysis. CH2I2 showed distinct maxima in deeper waters similar to CH2Br2. For the first time, diapycnal fluxes of the four halocarbons from the upper thermocline into and out of the mixed layer were determined. These fluxes were low in comparison to the halocarbon sea-to-air fluxes. This indicates that despite the observed maximum concentrations at depth, production in the surface mixed layer is the main oceanic source for all four compounds and has an influence on emissions into the atmosphere. The calculated production rates of the compounds yield 34 (CHBr3), 10 (CH2Br2), 21 (CH3I) and 384 (CH2I2) pmol m-3 h-1 in the whole mixed layer.

  1. The GEIA global gridded inventory of anthropogenic VOCs

    SciTech Connect

    Benkovitz, C.M. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Berdowski, J.J.M.; Veldt, C. [IMW-TNO, Delft (Netherlands)

    1995-04-01

    Modeling assessments of the atmospheric chemistry, air quality and climatic conditions of the past, present and future require as input inventories of emissions of the appropriate chemical species constructed on appropriate spatial and temporal scales. The task of the Global Emissions Inventories Activity (GEIA) of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project (IGAC) is the production of global inventories suitable for a range of research applications. Current GEIA programs are generally based on addressing emissions by species; an international working group of interested participants cooperates in the work needed to compile each inventory. The work of the GEIA program addressing the compilation of a global inventory of anthropogenic emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) gridded with 1{degree} resolution is presented. Past studies were used to identify anthropogenic activities according to their contribution to global VOC emissions, based on results of these initial studies, activity and species groupings for emissions reporting have been selected. Current status of the work of the committee is discussed. Detailed information on available activity rates, emission factors, and speciation profiles for each defined sector is being compiled. Links to investigators working on the compilation of VOC emissions on a regional level have been established.

  2. Source apportionment of particulate matter and selected volatile organic compounds with multiple time resolution data.

    PubMed

    Kuo, Cheng-Pin; Liao, Ho-Tang; Chou, Charles C-K; Wu, Chang-Fu

    2014-02-15

    Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) co-exist in ambient air and contribute to adverse health effects in human populations. This study was conducted to demonstrate the feasibility of utilizing a composite data set which included PM2.5 and VOC data with multiple time resolutions for source apportionment. Hourly VOC and 12-h PM2.5 speciation data were combined into an improved source apportionment model to quantify different pollutant source contributions to PM2.5 and VOC mixtures. Five factors were retrieved, including vehicle 1, vehicle 2, industrial processing, transported regional, and secondary pollution sources. The largest contributors were vehicular emissions for VOCs (62%) and PM2.5 (35%). Nonetheless, transported regional and secondary pollution sources accounted for a noteworthy portion of PM2.5 (27% and 25%, respectively) relative to VOCs (8% and 5%, respectively). Additional sensitivity analyses showed that excluding the PM2.5 data or reducing the associated temporal resolution (12-h to 24-h) retrieved fewer source factors and increased the errors of source contribution estimates. PMID:24342095

  3. Solution for acoustic field of thermo-acoustic emission from arbitrary source

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hu, Hanping; Wang, Dongdong; Wang, Zedong

    2014-10-01

    In this work, an expression for acoustic field of thermo-acoustic (TA) emission from arbitrary source is presented by deriving the solutions of TA emission from spherical surface and point source in gas and then taking advantage of the point sources superposition and the surface heat distribution factor. Accordingly, the computational analysis of acoustic pressure field of TA emission is extended to three-dimensional cases. The theory developed in this work is in good agreement with the experimental results and applicable for solving many complex and important TA emission problems including nanothermophones and phased array and impulse-driven TA emissions.

  4. GENERAL DESIGN STUDY OF PILOT VOC CONTROL UNITS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The Industrial Environmental Research Laboratory (IERL), in support of the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Program, has established a project for design, construction and operation of four pilot emission control units which will be tr...

  5. Significance of the Development of VOC Sensors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Matsubara, Ichiro; Itoh, Toshio; Murayama, Norimitsu

    The environmental problems relevant to VOC, such as sick house syndrome and air pollution, have attracted attention more and more. Japanese government has recently set forth the measure to VOC by amendments to related codes and regulations. The measurement technology and sensors for hazardous chemical substances, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene, are important to control the VOC level. The development of VOC sensors is desired because it is possible to measure VOC concentration simply and quickly, which makes it possible to realize the constant self-management of VOC and to check the real time change of VOC level. Since the performance requirements to a VOC sensor depend much on the applications, it is necessary to figure out the required specifications before starting the development of target VOC sensors. High performance VOC sensors applicable to many application fields are required to construct a secure and safe society.

  6. Source location of the smooth high-frequency radio emissions from Uranus

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Farrell, W. M.; Calvert, W.

    1989-01-01

    The source location of the smooth high-frequency radio emissions from Uranus has been determined. Specifically, by fitting the signal dropouts which occurred as Voyager traversed the hollow center of the emission pattern to a symmetrical cone centered on the source magnetic field direction at the cyclotron frequency, a southern-hemisphere (nightside) source was found at approximately 56 deg S, 219 deg W. The half-angle for the hollow portion of the emission pattern was found to be 13 deg.

  7. Mass balance evaluation of alcohol emission from cattle feed

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Silage on dairy farms has been recognized as an important source of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to the atmosphere, and therefore a contributor to tropospheric ozone. Considering reactivity and likely emission rates, ethanol, 1-propanol, and acetaldehyde probably make the largest contribution t...

  8. C 1-C 8 volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere of Hong Kong: Overview of atmospheric processing and source apportionment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Guo, H.; So, K. L.; Simpson, I. J.; Barletta, B.; Meinardi, S.; Blake, D. R.

    We present measurements of C 1-C 8 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at four sites ranging from urban to rural areas in Hong Kong from September 2002 to August 2003. A total of 248 ambient VOC samples were collected. As expected, the urban and sub-urban sites generally gave relatively high VOC levels. In contrast, the average VOC levels were the lowest in the rural area. In general, higher mixing ratios were observed during winter/spring and lower levels during summer/fall because of seasonal variations of meteorological conditions. A variation of the air mass composition from urban to rural sites was observed. High ratios of ethyne/CO (5.6 pptv/ppbv) and propane/ethane (0.50 pptv/pptv) at the rural site suggested that the air masses over the territory were relatively fresh as compared to other remote regions. The principal component analysis (PCA) with absolute principal component scores (APCS) technique was applied to the VOC data in order to identify and quantify pollution sources at different sites. These results indicated that vehicular emissions made a significant contribution to ambient non-methane VOCs (NMVOCs) levels in urban areas (65±36%) and in sub-urban areas (50±28% and 53±41%). Other sources such as petrol evaporation, industrial emissions and solvent usage also played important roles in the VOC emissions. At the rural site, almost half of the measured total NMVOCs were due to combustion sources (vehicular and/or biomass/biofuel burning). Petrol evaporation, solvent usage, industrial and biogenic emissions also contributed to the atmospheric NMVOCs. The source apportionment results revealed a strong impact of anthropogenic VOCs to the atmosphere of Hong Kong in both urban/sub-urban and rural areas.

  9. CONTROL OF HYDROCARBON EMISSIONS FROM GASOLINE LOADING BY REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of a study of the capabilities of refrigeration systems, operated at three temperatures, to control volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from truck loading at bulk gasoline terminals. Achievable VOC emission rates were calculated for refrigeration sy...

  10. EVALUATION AND PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT OF INNOVATIVE LOW-VOC CONTACT ADHESIVES IN WOOD LAMINATING OPERATIONS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of an evaluation and assessment of the perfor-mance, economics, and emission reduction potential upon application of low-volatile organic compound (VOC) waterborne contact adhesive formulations specifically ina manual laminating operation for assembling s...

  11. Degradation Pathways for Geogenic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Soil Gases from the Solfatara Crater (Campi Flegrei, Southern Italy).

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tassi, F.; Venturi, S.; Cabassi, J.; Capecchiacci, F.; Nisi, B., Sr.; Vaselli, O.

    2014-12-01

    The chemical composition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in soil gases from the Solfatara crater (Campi Flegrei, Southern Italy) was analyzed to investigate the effects of biogeochemical processes occurring within the crater soil on gases discharged from the hydrothermal reservoir and released into the atmosphere through diffuse degassing. In this system, two fumarolic vents (namely Bocca Grande and Bocca Nuova) are the preferential pathways for hydrothermal fluid uprising. For our goal, the chemistry of VOCs discharged from these sites were compared to that of soil gases. Our results highlighted that C4-C9 alkanes, alkenes, S-bearing compounds and alkylated aromatics produced at depth were the most prone to degradation processes, such as oxidation-reduction and hydration-dehydration reactions, as well as to microbial activity. Secondary products, which were enriched in sites characterized by low soil gas fluxes, mostly consisted of aldheydes, ketons, esters, ethers, organic acids and, subordinately, alcohols. Benzene, phenol and hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs) produced at depth were able to transit through the soil almost undisturbed, independently on the emission rate of diffuse degassing. The presence of cyclics was possibly related to an independent low-temperature VOC source, likely within sedimentary formations overlying the hydrothermal reservoir. Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were possibly due to air contamination. This study demonstrated the strict control of biogeochemical processes on the behaviour of hydrothermal VOCs that, at least at a local scale, may have a significant impact on air quality. Laboratory experiments conducted at specific chemical-physical conditions and in presence of different microbial populations may provide useful information for the reconstruction of the degradation pathways controlling fate and behaviour of VOCs in the soil.

  12. U.S.-MEXICO BORDER PROGRAM ARIZONA BORDER STUDY--VOCS IN WATER ANALYTICAL RESULTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The VOCs in Water data set contains analytical results for measurements of up to 26 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in 97 water samples over 61 households. Samples were collected at the tap and any additional drinking water source used extensively within each residence. The p...

  13. ASPHALTIC CONCRETE INDUSTRY PARTICULATE EMISSIONS: SOURCE CATEGORY REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report describes the development of particulate emission factors based on cutoff size for inhalable particles for the asphaltic concrete industry. After review of available information characterizing particulate emissions from asphalt concrete plants, the data were summarized...

  14. METALLURGICAL COKE INDUSTRY PARTICULATE EMISSIONS: SOURCE CATEGORY REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of a study to develop particulate emission factors based on cutoff size for inhalable particles for the metallurgical coke industry. After a review of available information characterizing particulate emissions from metallurgical coke plants, the data were...

  15. Emission and Chemical Transformation of Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds (echo)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Koppmann, R.; Hoffmann, T.; Kesselmeier, J.; Schatzmann, M.

    Forests are complex sources of biogenic volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the planetary boundary layer. The impact of biogenic VOC on tropospheric photochem- istry, air quality, and the formation of secondary products affects our climate on a regional and global scale but is far from being understood. A considerable lack of knowledge exists concerning a forest stand as a net source of reactive trace com- pounds, which are transported directly into the planetary boundary layer (PBL). In particular, little is known about the amounts of VOC which are processed within the canopy. The goal of ECHO, which is presented in this poster, is to investigate these questions and to improve our understanding of biosphere-atmosphere interactions and their effects on the PBL. The investigation of emissions, chemical processing and vertical transport of biogenic VOC will be carried out in and above a mixed forest stand in Jülich, Germany. A large set of trace gases, free radicals and meteorologi- cal parameters will be measured at different heights in and above the canopy, covering concentrations of VOC, CO, O3, organic nitrates und NOx as well as organic aerosols. For the first time concentration profiles of OH, HO2, RO2 und NO3 radicals will be measured as well together with the actinic UV radiation field and photolysis frequen- cies of all relevant radical precursors (O3, NO2, peroxides, oxygenated VOC). The different tasks of the field experiments will be supported by simulation experiments investigating the primary emission and the uptake of VOC by the plants in stirred tank reactors, soil parameters and soil emissions in lysimeter experiments, and the chem- ical processing of the trace gases as observed in and above the forest stand in the atmosphere simulation chamber SAPHIR. The planning and interpretation of the field experiments is supported by simulations of the field site in a wind tunnel.

  16. Emissions of volatile organic compounds from new carpets measured in a large-scale environmental chamber

    SciTech Connect

    Hodgson, A.T.; Wooley, J.D.; Daisey, J.M. (Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States))

    1993-03-01

    This study was undertaken to quantify the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released by new carpets. Samples of four typical carpets, including two with styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) latex adhesive and two with different backings, were collected from the finish lines at manufacturers' mills. Individual VOCs released from these samples were identified, and their concentrations, emission rates and mass emissions were measured under simulated indoor conditions in a 20 m[sup 3] environmental chamber over one week periods. Concentrations and emission rates of VOCs emitted by a new SBR carpet were also measured in a house. The carpets emitted a variety of VOCs. The two SBR carpets primarily emitted 4-phenylcyclohexene (4-PCH), the source of [open quotes]new carpet[close quotes] odor, and styrene. The concentrations and emission rates of 4-PCH were similar for the two carpets, while the styrene values varied significantly. The carpet with a polyvinyl chloride backing emitted formaldehyde, vinyl acetate, isooctane, 1,2-propanediol, and 2-ethyl-1-hexanol. Of these, vinyl acetate and propanediol had the highest concentrations and emission rates. The carpet with a polyurethane backing primarily emitted butylated hydroxytoluene. With the exception of formaldehyde, little is known about the health effects of these VOCs at low concentrations. 23 refs., 3 figs., 6 tabs.

  17. Commuter exposures to VOCs in Boston, Massachusetts

    SciTech Connect

    Chan, C.C.; Spengler, J.D.; Ozkaynak, H.; Lefkopoulou, M. (Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA (United States))

    1991-12-01

    This study examines the commuter's exposure to six gasoline-related volatile organic compounds (VOCs): benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, m-/p-xylene, o-xylene, and formaldehyde. The VOC concentrations to which commuters were exposed in four different commuting modes (driving, subway, walking, and biking) in Boston, Massachusetts, are compared. The VOC concentrations in participants' homes and offices were also measured. Factors that could influence in-vehicle VOC concentrations, such as different traffic patterns, car model and vehicle ventilation conditions, were also evaluated. Driving a private car was associated with higher VOC concentrations and commuting on urban roadways resulted in the highest VOC concentrations. The use of car heaters resulted in higher in-vehicle VOC concentrations. The longer the subway commuters stayed underground, the higher their VOC exposures. The home-to-work car or subway commute represented about 10 to 20 percent of an individual's total VOC exposure for these compounds.

  18. IMPLEMENTATION OF MOVES-BASED PM 2.5 EMISSIONS APPROACH FOR ONROAD GASOLINE SOURCES USING HOURLY, GRIDDED TEMPERATURES

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Marc R. Houyoux; Madeleine Strum; Rich Mason; Pat Dolwick; Harvey Michaels; Andrew Huang; Christopher T. Allen; James Beidler

    The impending release of the Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES) has prompted interest in using these emissions in air quality modeling. The MOVES PM 2.5 emissions are significantly higher for onroad gasoline mobile sources due to temperature d ependencies built into MOVES. Thus, these emissions are expected to be different from emissio ns based on the Mobile Source Emission Factor

  19. Methane emissions in the US and Canada: contributions of various source sectors and evolution of emissions over time

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Miller, S. M.; Michalak, A. M.; Wofsy, S. C.; Andrews, A. E.; Biraud, S.; Dlugokencky, E. J.; Fischer, M. L.; Janssens-Maenhout, G.; Kort, E. A.; Miller, B. R.; Miller, J. B.; Montzka, S. A.; Worthy, D. E. J.

    2014-12-01

    In this presentation, we quantify several aspects of methane emissions in the US and Canada using concentration data collected in the atmosphere. First, how much methane in total is emitted from the US and Canada? Second, how much methane is emitted from each individual source across these countries? Third, and finally, how have each of these sources changed in magnitude over the past ten to twenty years? To answer these questions, we use a geostatistical model-data fusion framework and spatial data on land use and economic activity. Using this approach, we estimate the contribution of different source types to methane emissions in the US and compare the magnitude of those anthropogenic emissions against natural fluxes from major wetlands like those near Hudson Bay, Canada. Furthermore, we examine the time-evolution of methane concentrations over regions dominated by agriculture and natural gas extraction and investigate what this data indicates about changes in emissions over time.

  20. Nitrogen Source Effects On Nitrous Oxide Emissions From An Irrigated No-Till Corn Field (GRACEnet)

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The effect of several N sources on nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from an irrigated, no-till (NT) continuous corn field was investigated. Emissions were monitored in plots receiving 246 kg N/ha during the 2007 growing season and 202 kg N/ha during the 2008 growing season. Nitrogen sources included ...

  1. GLOBAL METHANE EMISSIONS FROM MINOR ANTHROPOGENIC SOURCES AND BIOFUEL COMBUSTION IN RESIDENTIAL STOVES (JOURNAL)

    EPA Science Inventory

    Most global methane (CH4) budgets have failed to include emissions from a diverse group of minor anthropogenic sources. Individually, these minor sources emit small quantities of CH4, but collectively, their contributions to the budget may be significant. In this paper, CH4 emiss...

  2. Chemical composition of emissions from urban sources of fine organic aerosol

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Lynn M. Hildemann; Gregory R. Markowski; Glen R. Cass

    1991-01-01

    A dilution source sampling system was used to collect primary fine aerosol emissions from important sources of urban organic aerosol, including a boiler burning No. 2 fuel oil, a home fireplace, a fleet of catalyst-equipped and noncatalyst automobiles, heavy-duty diesel trucks, natural gas home appliances, and meat cooking operations. Alternative dilution sampling techniques were used to collect emissions from cigarette

  3. VOC flux measurements using a novel Relaxed Eddy Accumulation GC-FID system in urban Houston, Texas

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Park, C.; Schade, G.; Boedeker, I.

    2008-12-01

    Houston experiences higher ozone production rates than most other major cities in the US, which is related to high anthropogenic VOC emissions from both area/mobile sources (car traffic) and a large number of petrochemical facilities. The EPA forecasts that Houston is likely to still violate the new 8-h NAAQS in 2020. To monitor neighborhood scale pollutant fluxes, we established a tall flux tower installation a few kilometers north of downtown Houston. We measure energy and trace gas fluxes, including VOCs from both anthropogenic and biogenic emission sources in the urban surface layer using eddy covariance and related techniques. Here, we describe a Relaxed Eddy Accumulation (REA) system combined with a dual-channel GC-FID used for VOC flux measurements, including first results. Ambient air is sampled at approximately 15 L min-1 through a 9.5 mm OD PFA line from 60 m above ground next to a sonic anemometer. Subsamples of this air stream are extracted through an ozone scrubber and pushed into two Teflon bag reservoirs, from which they are transferred to the GC pre-concentration units consisting of carbon-based adsorption traps encapsulated in heater blocks for thermal desorption. We discuss the performance of our system and selected measurement results from the 2008 spring and summer seasons in Houston. We present diurnal variations of the fluxes of the traffic tracers benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) during different study periods. Typical BTEX fluxes ranged from -0.36 to 3.10 mg m-2 h-1 for benzene, and -0.47 to 5.04 mg m-2 h-1 for toluene, and exhibited diurnal cycles with two dominant peaks related to rush-hour traffic. A footprint analysis overlaid onto a geographic information system (GIS) will be presented to reveal the dominant emission sources and patterns in the study area.

  4. Intake fraction variability between air pollution emission sources inside an urban area.

    PubMed

    Tainio, Marko; Holnicki, Piotr; Loh, Miranda M; Nahorski, Zbigniew

    2014-11-01

    The cost-effective mitigation of adverse health effects caused by air pollution requires information on the contribution of different emission sources to exposure. In urban areas the exposure potential of different sources may vary significantly depending on emission height, population density, and other factors. In this study, we quantified this intraurban variability by predicting intake fraction (iF) for 3,066 emission sources in Warsaw, Poland. iF describes the fraction of the pollutant that is inhaled by people in the study area. We considered the following seven pollutants: particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), benzo[a] pyrene (BaP), nickel (Ni), cadmium (Cd), and lead (Pb). Emissions for these pollutants were grouped into four emission source categories (Mobile, Area, High Point, and Other Point sources). The dispersion of the pollutants was predicted with the CALPUFF dispersion model using the year 2005 emission rate data and meteorological records. The resulting annual average concentrations were combined with population data to predict the contribution of each individual source to population exposure. The iFs for different pollutant-source category combinations varied between 51 per million (PM from Mobile sources) and 0.013 per million (sulfate PM from High Point sources). The intraurban iF variability for Mobile sources primary PM emission was from 4 per million to 100 per million with the emission-weighted iF of 44 per million. These results propose that exposure due to intraurban air pollution emissions could be decreased more effectively by specifically targeting sources with high exposure potency rather than all sources. PMID:24913007

  5. Characterization of ambient volatile organic compounds and their sources in Beijing, before, during, and after Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation China 2014

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Li, J.; Xie, S. D.; Zeng, L. M.; Li, L. Y.; Li, Y. Q.; Wu, R. R.

    2015-04-01

    Ambient volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were measured using an online system, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry/flame ionization detector (GC-MS/FID), in Beijing, China, before, during and after Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) China 2014, when stringent air quality control measures were implemented. Positive matrix factorization (PMF) was applied to identify the major VOC contributing sources and their temporal variations. The secondary organic aerosols potential (SOAP) approach was used to estimate variations of precursor source contributions to SOA formation. The average VOC mixing ratios during the three periods were 86.17, 48.28, and 72.97 ppbv, respectively. The mixing ratios of total VOC during the control period were reduced by 44%, and the mixing ratios of acetonitrile, halocarbons, oxygenated VOCs (OVOCs), aromatics, acetylene, alkanes, and alkenes decreased by approximately 65, 62, 54, 53, 37, 36, and 23%, respectively. The mixing ratios of all measured VOC species decreased during control, and the most affected species were chlorinated VOCs (chloroethane, 1,1-dichloroethylene, chlorobenzene). PMF analysis indicated eight major sources of ambient VOCs, and emissions from target control sources were clearly reduced during the control period. Contributions of vehicular exhaust were most reduced (19.65 ppbv, the contributions before the control period minus the values after the control period), followed by industrial manufacturing (10.29 ppbv) and solvent utilization (6.20 ppbv). Contributions of evaporated or liquid gasoline and industrial chemical feedstock were slightly reduced, with values of 2.85 and 0.35 ppbv, respectively. Contributions of secondary and long-lived species were relatively stable. Due to central heating, emissions from fuel combustion kept on increasing during the whole campaign; because of weak control of liquid petroleum gas (LPG), the highest emissions of LPG occurred in the control period. Vehicle-related sources were the most important precursor sources likely responsible for the reduction in SOA formation during this campaign.

  6. Identification of atmospheric volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and carbonyl compounds in Hong Kong.

    PubMed

    Ho, K F; Lee, S C

    2002-04-22

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and carbonyl compounds are the major organic pollutants in the atmosphere. Emissions from motor vehicles have been one of the primary pollution sources in the metropolitan area of Hong Kong. A 12-month monitoring program for VOCs, PAHs and carbonyl compounds was performed at a roadside urban station at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) in order to determine the correlations of each selected pollutant. The monitoring program ran from 16 April 1999 to 10 April 2000 for a period of 1 year, and a 2-week winter intensive sampling was carried out during January 2000. Traditionally, emission sources are identified from organic compounds in air particulates. Since many of the gaseous and particulate phases of organic compounds are from the same sources, correlations between the major exhausts are to be expected. Therefore, it would be more effective to apportion the sources using the combined gaseous and particulate phases of organic compounds. Correlations of selected pollutants within two other toxic air pollutants (TAPs) monitoring stations in Tsuen Wan (TW) and Central/Western (CW) were analyzed. Good correlations were found between pollutants that came from vehicle exhaust, especially in intensive sampling periods at HKPU roadside station. This was because the washing out effect for particulates during rainy days and photochemical degradation during high solar radiation were minimized in wintertime. PMID:12049391

  7. GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION AND SOURCE TYPE ANALYSIS OF TOXIC METAL EMISSIONS

    EPA Science Inventory

    An interim toxic emission inventory has been developed for the conterminous United States. even toxic metals found in lake and coastal waters are included: rsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, nickel and selenium. he emissions are large relative to some estimates and demonst...

  8. KRAFT PULP INDUSTRY PARTICULATE EMISSIONS: SOURCE CATEGORY REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of the development of particulate emission factors based on cutoff size for inhalable particles for the kraft pulp industry. After a review of available information characterizing particulate emissions from kraft pulp mills, the data were summarized and r...

  9. GRAY IRON FOUNDRY INDUSTRY PARTICULATE EMISSIONS: SOURCE CATEGORY REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of a study to develop particulate emission factors based on cutoff size for inhalable particles for the gray iron foundry industry. After a review of available information characterizing particulate emissions from gray iron foundries, the data were summar...

  10. IRON AND STEEL INDUSTRY PARTICULATE EMISSIONS: SOURCE CATEGORY REPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of a study to develop particulate emission factors based on cutoff size for inhalable particles for the iron and steel industry. After reviewing available information characterizing particulate emissions from iron and steel plants, the data were summarize...

  11. Study Pinpoints Sources of Polluting Vehicle Emissions (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    2012-03-01

    Unburned lubricant produces 60%-90% of organic carbon emissions. While diesel fuel is often viewed as the most polluting of conventional petroleum-based fuels, emissions from gasoline engines can more significantly degrade air quality. Gasoline exhaust is at least as toxic on a per-unit-mass basis as diesel exhaust, and contributes up to 10 times more particulate matter (PM) to the emission inventory. Because emissions from both fuels can gravely impact health and the environment, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched a study to understand how these pollutants relate to fuels, lubricants, and engine operating conditions. NREL's Collaborative Lubricating Oil Study on Emissions (CLOSE) project tested a variety of vehicles over different drive cycles at moderate (72 F) and cold (20 F) temperatures. Testing included: (1) Normal and high-emitting light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles; (2) Gasoline, diesel, and compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered vehicles; (3) New and aged lubricants representative of those currently on the market; and (4) Gasoline containing no ethanol, E10, Texas-mandated low-emission diesel fuel, biodiesel, and CNG. The study confirmed that normally functioning emission control systems for gasoline light-duty vehicles are very effective at controlling organic carbon (OC) emissions. Diesel vehicles without aftertreatment emission control systems exhibited OC emissions approximately one order of magnitude higher than gasoline vehicles. High-emitter gasoline vehicles produced OC emissions similar to diesel vehicles without exhaust aftertreatment emission control. Exhaust catalysts combusted or converted more than 75% of lubricating oil components in the exhaust gases. Unburned crankcase lubricant made up 60%-90% of OC emissions. This OC represented 20%-50% of emitted PM in all but two of the vehicles. Three-way catalysts proved effective at reducing most of the OC. With high PM emitters or vehicles with deteriorated aftertreatment, high-molecular-weight fuel components and unburned lubricant were emitted at higher rates than in vehicles in good repair, with functioning emissions systems. Light-duty gasoline, medium-duty diesel, and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles produced more particles with fresh oil than with aged oil. The opposite trend was observed in light- and medium-duty high PM emitters. This effect was not readily apparent with heavy-duty diesel vehicles, perhaps because the lubricant represented a much smaller fraction of the total PM in those trucks.

  12. [Estimate the mercury emissions from non-coal sources in China].

    PubMed

    Wang, Shu-xiao; Liu, Min; Jiang, Jing-kun; Hao, Ji-ming; Wu, Ye; Streets, David G

    2006-12-01

    Based on the activity level and emission factors, we estimated the provincial mercury emissions from non-coal sources during the period of 1995 -2003 in China. In the year of 2003, non-coal mercury emissions in China reached 393 tonnes, which was 137 tonnes more than the emissions from coal combustion. Approximately 84 % of the non-coal mercury emissions came from nonferrous metals smelting. The zinc production, lead production, copper production and gold production contributed respectively 51%, 18%, 4% and 11% of total non-coal mercury emissions. The shares of elemental mercury (Hg0), oxidized mercury (Hg2+ ) and particulate mercury (HgP) were 77 % , 18 % and 5 % , respectively. The mercury emissions from non-coal sources in provinces including Hunan, Henan and Yunnan exceeded 30 t x a(-1). The emission intensity of Shanghai, Hunan, Henan and Liaoning exceeded 100 g x (km(2)xa)(-1). Main emission sources in these provinces are nonferrous metals smelting and household waste burning. Mercury emissions from non-coal sources in China increased averagely 9 percent from 1995 to 2003, and the household waste burning increased extremely fast, with an average increase rate of 42 percent. PMID:17304831

  13. The $\\gamma$-ray Milky Way above 10 GeV: Distinguishing Sources from Diffuse Emission

    E-print Network

    Owen, Ellis; Donath, Axel; Terrier, Régis

    2015-01-01

    One of the most prominent features of the $\\gamma$-ray sky is the emission from our own Galaxy. The Galactic plane has been observed by Fermi-LAT in GeV and H.E.S.S. in TeV light. Fermi has modeled the Galactic emission as the sum of a complex 'diffuse' emission model with the predominately point source catalogs of 1FHL and 2FGL, while H.E.S.S. has primarily detected extended TeV sources. At GeV energies, Galactic diffuse emission dominates the $\\gamma$-ray Milky Way but, as sources have hard spectra, it is likely their emission dominates at TeV energies. Generally the spatial shape and fraction of source emission compared to diffuse emission in the Galactic plane is not well known and is dependent on the source detection method, threshold and diffuse emission modeling methods used. We present a simple image-analysis based method applied to Fermi-LAT data from 10 GeV to 500 GeV, covering a region of +/- 5 degrees in Galactic latitude and +/- 100 degrees in Galactic longitude, to separate source and diffuse em...

  14. Low VOC drying of lumber and wood panel products. Progress report No. 4, annual summary

    SciTech Connect

    Boerner, J.; Su, Wei; Yan, Hui [and others] [and others

    1997-07-01

    Heating softwood in a low-headspace environment draws out the VOCs from the wood, without removing the water. The VOCs can be collected from the headspace, and represent a valuable product. The VOC-depleted wood can then be dried conventionally with much reduced emissions. Heating can be accomplished through radiofrequency (RF) or steam. For lumber, steam is inefficient, but brief RF treatment under low-headspace conditions draws out 80% of the VOCs. The power used is quite low, since the RF energy is not used to remove water, but only to maintain the wood at a set temperature. The technology is now at the pre-pilot stage. Either steam or RF can be used for particle, OSB, and veneer, again under low-headspace conditions. Increasing steam temperature facilitates VOC removal. In order to understand the mechanism of VOC release in lumber, the transport of water and VOCs to the surface is being studied as a function of sample size and orientation. Characterization of the terpenes and resin/fatty acids from a control set of trees is underway in order to define the seasonal influence on VOCs.

  15. [Characteristics of VOCs and their photochemical reactivity in autumn in Nanjing northern suburb].

    PubMed

    Li, Yong-Yu; Zhu, Bin; An, Jun-Lin; Gao, Jin-Hui; Xia, Li; Zhang, Xiang-Zhi; Qin, Wei; Tang, Li-Li

    2013-08-01

    A continuous observation campaign was carried out with the GC5000 volatile organics online monitoring system and the EMS system for one month in November 2011 in the northern suburb of Nanjing, and 56 VOC components and reactive gases (NO(x), CO and O3) were measured. The results showed that the VOC hourly averaged volume fraction in Nanjing northern suburb was about 48.17 x 10(-9), and the minimum value of VOCs occurred at 16:00. The diurnal variation showed a bimodal characteristic, indicating the significant impact of motor vehicle emission. The VOC concentration and O3 concentration exhibited negative correlation in the daytime. The average OH consumption rate of VOCs was approximately 3.26 x 10(-12) cm3 x (molecule x s)(-1), and the largest incremental reactivity was about 3.26 mol x mol(-1); Alkenes contributed the largest-parts of the OH consumption rate (L(OH)) and the ozone formation potential (OFP), followed by aromatics. Although alkanes were the most abundant components of VOCs in the atmosphere, it is not the main contributor of L(OH) and OFP. The key active components in VOCs were ethylene, propylene, 1-butene, m,p-xylene and isoprene, etc. The dominant factor of ozone formation was VOCs in this observation. PMID:24191532

  16. Isotopic composition of passively collected nitrogen dioxide emissions: Vehicle, soil and livestock source signatures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Felix, J. David; Elliott, Emily M.

    2014-08-01

    Quantifying contributions of local and regional NOx emission sources is an important initial step towards accurately assessing improvements in NOx emission reduction efforts. Current global NOx inventories report large uncertainties in contributions of some NOx sources, especially diffuse sources (e.g. lightning and soil NOx). Examining the isotopic composition of NOx and its oxidation products (NOy) is one approach to further constrain contributions from these sources. While natural and anthropogenically-derived NOx emissions are reported to have relatively distinct ?15N values that could aid NOx source apportionment studies, existing ?15N-NOx source data is limited and variable collection approaches have been employed. To build on existing ?15N-NOx source data, inexpensive and easily deployable passive samplers were used to collect nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions and its oxidation product, nitric acid (HNO3), from multiple emission sources including livestock waste, fertilized soils, and vehicles. The resulting isotope data provides evidence that passive samplers can be used across a range of environmental conditions with widely varying NO2 concentrations and NO2 isotopic compositions. Using this approach, we report the first ?15N and ?18O-NO2 of livestock waste emissions, as well as the first measurements of ?18O-NO2 from biogenic soil and vehicle emissions. We observe the highest ?15N-NO2 values to date of vehicle emissions and investigate potential fractionations associated with oxidation and equilibrium processes. The large differences reported here between ?15N-NO2 values from fossil fuel-based sources and microbially-produced sources allows for identification and possible quantification of source contributions to ambient NOx concentrations.

  17. A new monitoring-simulation-source apportionment approach for investigating the vehicular emission contribution to the PM2.5 pollution in Beijing, China

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cheng, Shuiyuan; Lang, Jianlei; Zhou, Ying; Han, Lihui; Wang, Gang; Chen, Dongsheng

    2013-11-01

    In this study, a new approach combining the environment monitoring, model simulation and source apportionment methods was proposed to investigate the impact of vehicular emissions on the PM2.5 pollution. The method can identify the contributions of various emission sources to both the primary and secondary particles. A case application was conducted in Beijing, China. An intensive monitoring covering the period of December 2010 to January 2012 was conducted to obtain the detailed chemical components proportions in the total PM2.5. The vehicular emission contributions (VECs) to primary organic aerosols (POA), element carbon (EC), SO2, NOX, NH3, elements and VOC were estimated based on the MM5-CMAQ simulation, factor analysis and references investigation. The VECs to different components and to the total PM2.5 were then calculated. Results showed that there was no clear difference in the total VECs of different seasons. The annual average contribution ratio was approximately 22.5 ± 3.5%. Among all the chemical species, nitrate and SOA accounted for the highest contribution percentages. In addition, the influence of road dust on the PM2.5 pollution was also simulated using the MM5-CMAQ modeling system. It is indicated that the road dust contributed approximately 4.9 ± 1.3% of the total PM2.5 on an annual average. Considering both the contributions from motor vehicles and road dust emissions, the annual average direct contributions from road transport to the PM2.5 in Beijing was approximately 27.4 ± 4.8%.

  18. NATURAL VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND EMISSION RATE ESTIMATES FOR U.S. WOODLAND LANDSCAPES

    EPA Science Inventory

    Volatile organic compound (VOC) emission rate factors are estimated for 49 tree genera based on a review of foliar emission rate measurements. oliar VOC emissions are grouped into three categories: isoprene, monoterpenes and other VOC'S. ypical emission rates at a leaf temperatur...

  19. Source of O mode radio emissions from the dayside of Uranus

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Menietti, J. D.; Curran, D. B.

    1990-01-01

    During the inbound trajectory toward Uranus, the Planetary Radio Astronomy instrument on Voyager 2 observed narrow-band smooth (n-smooth) emission at frequencies centered near 60 kHz and O-mode emission (the dayside source) in a frequency range narrowly confined around 160 kHz. Assuming empirical models of the plasma density for the dayside magnetosphere of Uranus, and using cold plasma theory together with observational constraints, ray-tracing calculations are performed to determine the source location of the O-mode emission. The dayside source appears to originate along magnetic field lines with a footprint near the north magnetic pole. Sources of nightside high-frequency broadband smooth (b-smooth) emission observed by Voyager after encounter are believed to exist near the conjugate footprint of these same field lines. This would indicate that the particle population supplying the free energy source has energies at least as high as a few keV.

  20. Fast pulsed operation of a small non-radioactive electron source with continuous emission current control

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cochems, P.; Kirk, A. T.; Bunert, E.; Runge, M.; Goncalves, P.; Zimmermann, S.

    2015-06-01

    Non-radioactive electron sources are of great interest in any application requiring the emission of electrons at atmospheric pressure, as they offer better control over emission parameters than radioactive electron sources and are not subject to legal restrictions. Recently, we published a simple electron source consisting only of a vacuum housing, a filament, and a single control grid. In this paper, we present improved control electronics that utilize this control grid in order to focus and defocus the electron beam, thus pulsing the electron emission at atmospheric pressure. This allows short emission pulses and excellent stability of the emitted electron current due to continuous control, both during pulsed and continuous operations. As an application example, this electron source is coupled to an ion mobility spectrometer. Here, the pulsed electron source allows experiments on gas phase ion chemistry (e.g., ion generation and recombination kinetics) and can even remove the need for a traditional ion shutter.

  1. 40 CFR 63.8050 - How do I comply with emissions averaging for stationary process vessels at existing sources?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...2010-07-01 false How do I comply with emissions averaging for stationary process vessels...AIR PROGRAMS (CONTINUED) NATIONAL EMISSION STANDARDS FOR HAZARDOUS AIR POLLUTANTS...SOURCE CATEGORIES (CONTINUED) National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air...

  2. EMISSION CHARACTERIZATION OF STATIONARY NOX SOURCES: VOLUME II. DATA SUPPLEMENT

    EPA Science Inventory

    This is part of 10 special reports on the environmental assessment of stationary source NOx combustion modification technologies program. The program has two main objectives: (1) to identify the multimedia environmental impact of stationary combustion sources and NOx combustion m...

  3. Volatile organic compound emissions from usaf wastewater treatment plants in ozone nonattainment areas. Master's thesis

    SciTech Connect

    Ouellette, B.A.

    1994-09-01

    In accordance with the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA), this research conducts an evaluation of the potential emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from selected Air Force wastewater treatment plants. Using a conservative mass balance analysis and process specific simulation models, volatile organic emission estimates are calculated for four individual facilities--Edwards AFB, Luke AFB, McGuire AFB, and McClellan AFB--which represent a cross section of the current inventory of USAF wastewater plants in ozone nonattainment areas. From these calculations, maximum facility emissions are determined which represent the upper limit for the potential VOC emissions from these wastewater plants. Based on the calculated emission estimates, each selected wastewater facility is evaluated as a potential major stationary source of volatile organic emissions under both Title I of the 1990 CAAA and the plant's governing Clean Air Act state implementation plan. Next, the potential impact of the specific volatile organics being emitted is discussed in terms of their relative reactivity and individual contribution to tropospheric ozone formation. Finally, a relative comparison is made between the estimated VOC emissions for the selected wastewater facilities and the total VOC emissions for their respective host installations.

  4. Locating and estimating air emissions from sources of xylene. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1994-03-01

    To assist groups interested in inventorying air emissions of various potentially toxic substances, EPA is preparing a series of documents such as this to compile available information on sources and meission of these substances. The document deals specifically with xylene and its isomers. Its intended audience includes federal, state and local air pollution personnel and others interested in locating potential emitters of xylene and in making gross estimates of air emissions therefrom. The document presents information on (1) the types of sources that may emit xylene, (2) process variations and release points for these sources, and (3) available emissions information indicating the potential for xylene releases into the air from each operation.

  5. Emission measurements of alkenes, alkanes, SO2, and NO2 from stationary sources in Southeast Texas over a 5 year period using SOF and mobile DOAS

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Johansson, John K. E.; Mellqvist, Johan; Samuelsson, Jerker; Offerle, Brian; Lefer, Barry; Rappenglück, Bernhard; Flynn, James; Yarwood, Greg

    2014-02-01

    A mobile platform for flux measurements of VOCs (alkanes and alkenes), SO2, and NO2 emissions using the Solar Occultation Flux (SOF) method and mobile differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) was used in four different studies to measure industrial emissions. The studies were carried out in several large conglomerates of oil refineries and petrochemical industries in Southeast and East Texas in 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2012. The measured alkane emissions from the Houston Ship Channel (HSC) have been fairly stable between 2006 and 2011, averaging about 11,500 kg/h, while the alkene emissions have shown greater variations. The ethene and propene emissions measured from the HSC were 1511 kg/h and 878 kg/h, respectively, in 2006, while dropping to roughly 600 kg/h for both species in 2009 and 2011. The results were compared to annual inventory emissions, showing that measured VOC emissions were typically 5-15 times higher, while for SO2 and NO2 the ratio was typically 0.5-2. AP-42 emission factors were used to estimate meteorological effects on alkane emissions from tanks, showing that these emissions may have been up to 35-45% higher during the studies than the annual average. A more focused study of alkene emissions from a petrochemical complex in Longview in 2012 identified two upset episodes, and the elevation of the total emissions during the measurement period due to the upsets was estimated to be approximately 20%. Both meteorological and upset effects were small compared to the factor of 5-15, suggesting that VOC emissions are systematically and substantially underestimated in current emission inventories.

  6. Characterization of emissions of volatile organic compounds from interior alkyd paint.

    PubMed

    Fortmann, R; Roache, N; Chang, J C; Guo, Z

    1998-10-01

    Alkyd paint continues to be used indoors for application to wood trim, cabinet surfaces, and some kitchen and bathroom walls. Alkyd paint may represent a significant source of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) indoors because of the frequency of use and amount of surface painted. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting research to characterize VOC emissions from paint and to develop source emission models that can be used for exposure assessment and risk management. The technical approach for this research involves both analysis of the liquid paint to identify and quantify the VOC contents and dynamic small chamber emissions tests to characterize the VOC emissions after application. The predominant constituents of the primer and two alkyd paints selected for testing were straight-chain alkanes (C9-C12); C8-C9 aromatics were minor constituents. Branched chain alkanes were the predominant VOCs in a third paint. A series of tests were performed to evaluate factors that may affect emissions following application of the coatings. The type of substrate (glass, wallboard, or pine board) did not have a substantial impact on the emissions with respect to peak concentrations, the emissions profile, or the amount of VOC mass emitted from the paint. Peak concentrations of total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs) as high as 10,000 mg/m3 were measured during small chamber emissions tests at 0.5 air exchanges per hour (ACH). Over 90% of the VOCs were emitted from the primer and paints during the first 10 hr following application. Emissions were similar from paint applied to bare pine board, a primed board, or a board previously painted with the same paint. The impact of other variable, including film thickness, air velocity at the surface, and air-exchange rate (AER) were consistent with theoretical predictions for gas-phase, mass transfer-controlled emissions. In addition to the alkanes and aromatics, aldehydes were detected in the emissions during paint drying. Hexanal, the predominant aldehyde in the emissions, was not detected in the liquid paint and was apparently an oxidation product formed during drying. This paper summarizes the results of the product analyses and a series of small chamber emissions tests. It also describes the use of a mass balance approach to evaluate the impact of test variables and to assess the quality of the emissions data. PMID:9798433

  7. Characteristics of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from a petroleum refinery in Beijing, China

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wei, Wei; Cheng, Shuiyuan; Li, Guohao; Wang, Gang; Wang, Haiyan

    2014-06-01

    This study made a field VOCs (volatile organic compounds) measurement for a petroleum refinery in Beijing by determining 56 PAMS VOCs, which are demanded for photochemical assessment in US, and obtained the characteristics of VOCs emitted from the whole refinery and from its inner main devices. During the monitoring period, this refinery brought about an average increase of 61 ppbv in the ambient TVOCs (sum of the PAMS VOCs) at the refinery surrounding area, while the background of TVOCs there was only 10-30 ppbv. In chemical profile, the VOCs emitted from the whole refinery was characteristic by isobutane (8.7%), n-butane (7.9%), isopentane (6.3%), n-pentane (4.9%%), n-hexane (7.6%), C6 branched alkanes (6.0%), propene (12.7%), 1-butene (4.1%), benzene (7.8%), and toluene (5.9%). On the other hand, the measurement for the inner 5 devices, catalytic cracking units (CCU2 and CCU3), catalytic reforming unit (CRU), tank farm (TF), and wastewater treatment(WT), revealed the higher level of VOCs pollutions (about several hundred ppbv of TVOCs), and the individual differences in VOCs chemical profiles. Based on the measured speciated VOCs data at the surrounding downwind area, PMF receptor model was applied to identify the VOCs sources in the refinery. Then, coupling with the VOCs chemical profiles measured at the device areas, we concluded that CCU1/3 contributes to 25.9% of the TVOCs at the surrounding downwind area by volume, followed by CCU2 (24.7%), CRU (18.9%), TF (18.3%) and WT (12.0%), which was accordant with the research of US EPA (2008). Finally, ozone formation potentials of the 5 devices were also calculated by MIR technique, which showed that catalytic cracking units, accounting for about 55.6% to photochemical ozone formation, should be given the consideration of VOCs control firstly.

  8. Tracing the link between plant volatile organic compound emissions and CO2 fluxes and by stable isotopes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Werner, Christiane; Wegener, Frederik; Jardine, Kolby

    2015-04-01

    The vegetation exerts a large influence on the atmosphere through the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the emission and uptake of the greenhouse gas CO2. Despite the enormous importance, processes controlling plant carbon allocation into primary and secondary metabolism, such as photosynthetic carbon uptake, respiratory CO2 emission and VOC synthesis, remains unclear. Moreover, vegetation-atmosphere CO2 exchange is associated with a large isotopic imprint due to photosynthetic carbon isotope discrimination and 13C-fractionation during respiratory CO2 release1. The latter has been proposed to be related to carbon partitioning in the metabolic branching points of the respiratory pathways and secondary metabolism, which are linked via a number of interfaces including the central metabolite pyruvate. Notably, it is a known substrate in a large array of secondary pathways leading to the biosynthesis of many volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as volatile isoprenoids, oxygenated VOCs, aromatics, fatty acid oxidation products, which can be emitted by plants. Here we investigate the linkage between VOC emissions, CO2 fluxes and associated isotope effects based on simultaneous real-time measurements of stable carbon isotope composition of branch respired CO2 (CRDS) and VOC fluxes (PTR-MS). We utilized positionally specific 13C-labeled pyruvate branch feeding experiments in the mediterranean shrub (Halimium halimifolium) to trace the partitioning of C1, C2, and C3 carbon atoms of pyruvate into VOCs versus CO2 emissions in the light and in the dark. In the light, we found high emission rates of a large array of VOC including volatile isoprenoids, oxygenated VOCs, green leaf volatiles, aromatics, sulfides, and nitrogen containing VOCs. These observations suggest that in the light, H. halimifolium dedicates a high carbon flux through secondary biosynthetic pathways including the pyruvate dehydrogenase bypass, mevalonic acid, MEP/DOXP, shikimic acid, and fatty acid pathways. Moreover, we found that high VOC emissions were closely related to 13CO2 decarboxylation from pyruvate-1-13C in the light, while mitochondrial respiration mas markedly down-regulated. Moreover, we found that in the dark, VOC emissions dramatically declined while respiration was stimulated with 13CO2 emissions under pyruvate-1-13C exceeding those under pyruvate-2-13C and pyruvate-2,3-13C during light-dark transitions. Our observations suggest VOC emissions are associated with significant pyruvate C1 decarboxylation. Moreover, the data suggests that light fundamentally controls the partitioning of assimilated carbon in leaves by regulating the competition for pyruvate between secondary biosynthetic reactions (e.g. VOC production) and mitochondrial respiration. Our investigation provides novel tool to better understand the mechanistic links between primary and secondary carbon metabolism in plants with important implications for a better understanding biosphere-atmosphere exchange of CO2 and VOCs. References 1. Werner C. & Gessler A. (2011) Diel variations in the carbon isotope composition of respired CO2 and associated carbon sources: a review of dynamics and mechanisms. Biogeosciences 8, 2437-2459 2. Jardine K, Wegener F, Abrell L, vonHaren J, Werner C (2014) Phytogenic biosynthesis and emission of methyl acetate. PCE 37, 414-424.

  9. Constraints on free-free emission from Anomalous Microwave Emission Sources in the Perseus Molecular Cloud

    E-print Network

    Tibbs, C T; Dickinson, C; Mason, B S; Casassus, S; Cleary, K; Davies, R D; Davis, R J; Watson, R A

    2013-01-01

    We present observations performed with the Green Bank Telescope at 1.4 and 5 GHz of three strips coincident with the anomalous microwave emission features previously identified in the Perseus molecular cloud at 33 GHz with the Very Small Array. With these observations we determine the level of the low frequency (~1 - 5 GHz) emission. We do not detect any significant extended emission in these regions and we compute conservative 3\\sigma upper limits on the fraction of free-free emission at 33 GHz of 27%, 12%, and 18% for the three strips, indicating that the level of the emission at 1.4 and 5 GHz cannot account for the emission observed at 33 GHz. Additionally, we find that the low frequency emission is not spatially correlated with the emission observed at 33 GHz. These results indicate that the emission observed in the Perseus molecular cloud at 33 GHz, is indeed in excess over the low frequency emission, hence confirming its anomalous nature.

  10. Atmospheric Emission Inventory for Natural and Anthropogenic Sources and Spatial Emission Mapping for the Greater Athens Area

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Victoria Aleksandropoulou; Kjetil Torseth; M. Lazaridis

    2011-01-01

    A spatially, temporally and chemically resolved emission inventory for particulate matter and gaseous species from anthropogenic\\u000a and natural sources was created for the Greater Athens Area (GAA; base year, 2007). Anthropogenic sources considered in this\\u000a study include combustion (industrial, non-industrial, commercial and residential), industrial production, transportation,\\u000a agriculture, waste treatment and solvent use. The annual gaseous pollutants (??x, SOx, non-methane volatile

  11. Analysis of Odor-Causing VOCs and Semi-VOCs Associated with Particulate Matter in Swine Barns Using SPME-GC-MS-Olfactometry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cai, Lingshuang; Koziel, Jacek A.; Lo, Yin-Cheung; Hoff, Steven J.

    2009-05-01

    Swine operations can affect air quality by emissions of odor, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other gases, and particulate matter (PM). Particulate matter has been proposed to be an important pathway for carrying odor. However, little is known about the odor-VOCs-PM interactions. In this research, continuous PM sampling was conducted simultaneously with three collocated TEOM analyzers inside a 1000-head swine finish barn located in central Iowa. Each TEOM (tapered element oscillating microbalance) was fitted with total suspended particulate (TSP), PM-10, PM-2.5 and PM-1 preseparators. Used filters were stored in 40 mL vials and transported to the laboratory. VOCs adsorbed/absorbed to dust were allowed to equilibrate with vial headspace. Solid-phase microextraction (SPME) Carboxen/polydimethylsiloxane(PDMS) 85 ?m fibers were used to extract VOCs. Simultaneous chemical and olfactometry analyses of VOCs and odor associated with swine PM were completed using a gas chromatography-mass-olfactometry (GC-MS-O) system. Fifty VOCs categorized into nine chemical function groups were identified and confirmed with standards. Five of them are classified as hazardous air pollutants. VOCs were characterized with a wide range of molecular weight, boiling points, vapor pressures, water solubilities, odor detection thresholds, and atmospheric reactivities. All characteristic swine VOCs and odorants were present in PM and their abundance was proportional to PM size. However, the majority of VOCs and characteristic swine odorants were preferentially bound to smaller-size PM. The findings indicate that a significant fraction of swine odor can be carried by PM. Research of the effects of PM control on swine odor mitigation is warranted.

  12. Comparison of CALPUFF and ISCST3 models for predicting downwind odor and source emission rates

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Lingjuan; Parker, David B.; Parnell, Calvin B.; Lacey, Ronald E.; Shaw, Bryan W.

    CALPUFF model and ISCST3 Gaussian dispersion models were evaluated for predicting downwind odor concentrations and back-calculating area source odor emission rates. The comparison between the predicted and field-sampled downwind concentrations indicates that the CALPUFF model could fairly well predict average downwind odor concentrations. However, ISCST3 tended to under predict downwind odor concentrations as compared to the measured concentrations. Both the CALPUFF and ISCST3 models failed to predict peak odor concentrations using the constant average emission rate. Odor emission rates obtained by back-calculating fluxes using CALPUFF and ISC models with the same field measurements of downwind odor concentrations are significantly different. It indicates that back-calculated emission rates are model specific. The modeled emission rates tended to be higher than flux chamber source sampling results. The flux chamber protocol may under-estimate odor emission rates.

  13. Control of volatile organic emissions from petroleum liquid storage in external floating roof tanks

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. K. Burr; K. C. Brothers; J. G. Wright

    1978-01-01

    This report provides the necessary guidance for development of regulations limiting emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from storage of petroleum liquids in external floating roof tanks. Reasonably available control technology (RACT) is defined in this document; cost analysis for RACT is included for evaluating the cost effectiveness of controlling external floating roof tank sources.

  14. Modeling an air pollution episode in northwestern United States: Identifying the effect of nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compound emission changes on air pollutants formation using direct sensitivity analysis

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Alexandra P. Tsimpidi; Marcus Trail; Yongtao Hu; Athanasios Nenes; Armistead G. Russell

    2012-01-01

    Air quality impacts of VOCs and NOx emissions from major sources over the northwestern United States are simulated. The comprehensive nested modeling system is comprised of three models: CMAQ, WRF and SMOKE. In addition, the DDM-3D is used to determine the sensitivities of pollutant concentrations to changes in precursor emissions during a severe smog episode in July of 2006. The

  15. REVIEW OF METHODS FOR REMOTE SENSING OF ATMOSPHERIC EMISSIONS FROM STATIONARY SOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report reviews the commercially available and developing technologies for the application of remote sensing to the measurement of source emissions. The term 'remote sensing technology', as applied in the report, means the detection or concentration measurement of trace atmosp...

  16. CHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION & SPECIATION OF MOBILE SOURCE EMISSIONS: HUMAN EXPOSURE IMPLICATIONS & IMPLEMENTATION PERSPECTIVES

    EPA Science Inventory

    A significant number of epidemiological studies have identified an increase in occurrence of adverse health effects associated with exposures to mobile source emissions. These adverse effects include asthma, other respiratory diseases, cardiovascular effects, cancer, development...

  17. 75 FR 42030 - Amendments to National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Area Source Standards for...

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2010-07-20

    ...regulatory text in the prepared feeds manufacturing area source rule...Other Animal Foods 311119 Animal feeds, prepared Manufacturing...cyclone to control emissions from pelleting operations must submit...

  18. 40 CFR 51.20 - What are the emission thresholds that separate point and nonpoint sources?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS REQUIREMENTS FOR PREPARATION, ADOPTION, AND SUBMITTAL OF IMPLEMENTATION PLANS Air Emissions...for example dust lifted by high winds from natural or tilled soil. In addition, if not reported as point sources,...

  19. 40 CFR 51.20 - What are the emission thresholds that separate point and nonpoint sources?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...PROTECTION AGENCY (CONTINUED) AIR PROGRAMS REQUIREMENTS FOR PREPARATION, ADOPTION, AND SUBMITTAL OF IMPLEMENTATION PLANS Air Emissions...for example dust lifted by high winds from natural or tilled soil. In addition, if not reported as point sources,...

  20. 40 CFR Table 3 to Subpart Xxxx of... - Emission Limits for Puncture Sealant Application Affected Sources

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...2 pounds per ton) of total puncture sealants used at the puncture sealant affected source, andb. Emissions of...20 pounds per ton) of total puncture sealants used at the puncture sealant affected...

  1. 40 CFR Table 3 to Subpart Xxxx of... - Emission Limits for Puncture Sealant Application Affected Sources

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...2 pounds per ton) of total puncture sealants used at the puncture sealant affected source, andb. Emissions of...20 pounds per ton) of total puncture sealants used at the puncture sealant affected...

  2. 40 CFR Table 3 to Subpart Xxxx of... - Emission Limits for Puncture Sealant Application Affected Sources

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...2 pounds per ton) of total puncture sealants used at the puncture sealant affected source, andb. Emissions of...20 pounds per ton) of total puncture sealants used at the puncture sealant affected...

  3. 40 CFR Table 3 to Subpart Xxxx of... - Emission Limits for Puncture Sealant Application Affected Sources

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...2 pounds per ton) of total puncture sealants used at the puncture sealant affected source, andb. Emissions of...20 pounds per ton) of total puncture sealants used at the puncture sealant affected...

  4. 40 CFR Table 3 to Subpart Xxxx of... - Emission Limits for Puncture Sealant Application Affected Sources

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...2 pounds per ton) of total puncture sealants used at the puncture sealant affected source, andb. Emissions of...20 pounds per ton) of total puncture sealants used at the puncture sealant affected...

  5. Mobile-Source Emissions: Analysis of Spatial Variability in Vehicle Activity Patterns and Vehicle Fleet Distributions

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Carrie Malcolm; Theodore Younglove; Matthew Barth; Nicole Davis

    2003-01-01

    Accurate estimation of emissions from mobile sources requires a good understanding of the vehicle activity as well as on-road vehicle fleet characteristics. Spatial variability in both vehicle activity patterns and vehicle fleet composition can have a significant effect on the overall emissions inventory. Simply determining total vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) is not sufficient for emission inventory calculations from the new generation of

  6. The speciation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from motorcycle engine exhaust at different driving modes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jiun-Horng Tsai; Hung-Lung Chiang; Yi-Chun Hsu; Hung-Cheng Weng; Chang-Yu Yang

    2003-01-01

    This study investigated the emissions of volatile organic compound (VOC) from motorcycle engine exhaust at different driving modes on a dynamometer. The speciations and the ozone formation potential of VOC samples also had been investigated by GC\\/MS and maximum increment reactivity (MIR), respectively. Both brand new and in-use motorcycles were tested in this study. The tested motorcycles include 2-stroke and

  7. Sensitivity of Source Apportionment of Urban Particulate Matter to Uncertainty in Motor Vehicle Emissions Profiles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Glynis C. Lough; James J. Schauer; John Watson; Howard Feldman; Janice Nolen; Barry Wallerstein; George Hidy; Paul Lioy; Herbert McKee; David Mobley; Yasuko Yoshida; Azusa Ito; Masashi Murakami; Takayuki Murakami; Hideharu Fujimoto; Kikuo Takeda; Shigeru Suzuki; Masahiro Hori; Huan Liu; Kebin He; Qidong Wang; Hong Huo; James Lents; Nicole Davis; Nick Nikkila; Changhong Chen; Mauricio Osses; Chunyu He; Thomas Hilber; Michalis Agraniotis; Panagiotis Grammelis; Emmanuel Kakaras; Thomas Glorius; Uwe Becker; Willy Derichs; Hans-Peter Schiffer; Martin Jong; Lucia Torri; Charles Christensen; James Tortorelli; Erin Mani; Douglas Lawson; Nigel Clark; Peter Gabele; Aki Virkkula; Timo; Risto Hillamo; Tarja Yli-Tuomi; Anne Hirsikko; Ismo Koponen; Nicholas Doll; John Reisel; Aro´n Jazcilevich; Alejandro Garcý´a-Fragoso; Agustý´n Reynoso; Michel Grutter; Ulises Diego-Ayala; Igor Burstyn; Ambikaipakan Senthilselvan; Hyang-Mi Kim; Nicola Cherry; Elise Pietroniro; Cheryl Waldner; Delbert Eatough; Nolan Mangelson; Richard Anderson; Donald Martello; Natalie Pekney; Cliff Davidson; William Modey

    2007-01-01

    A sensitivity analysis was conducted to characterize sources of uncertainty in results of a molecular marker source apportionment model of ambient particulate matter using mobile source emissions profiles obtained as part of the Gasoline\\/Diesel PM Split Study. A chemical mass balance (CMB) model was used to determine source contributions to samples of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) collected over 3 weeks

  8. Texas Air Control Board's point source emission inventory data collection and management for 1980

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. Snow; J. Panketh

    1982-01-01

    This paper describes the extensive effort that was expended by the emissions inventory staff at the Texas Air Control Board in successfully managing the emissions inventory data collection and automation of approximately 800 major sources in Texas. An important characteristic in this effort was the close coordination between the EI staff, regional and local program staff, and the industrial representatives

  9. INVESTIGATION OF SOURCE EMISSION PM-10 PARTICULATE MATTER FIELD STUDIES OF CANDIDATE METHODS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report outlines the results of four field tests of two candidate methods for source PM10 measurement. The first method involves a new sampling train design which incorporates emission gas recycle (EGR) to avoid the anisokinetic sampling bias inherent in size specific emission...

  10. REGIONAL AIR POLLUTION STUDY: OFF-HIGHWAY MOBILE SOURCE EMISSION INVENTORY

    EPA Science Inventory

    An emission inventory of mobile off-highway sources of air pollution has been determined for the Regional Air Pollution Study (RAPS) in St. Louis, Missouri. Emissions of HC, CO, NOx, SOx and particulate matter have been calculated with the aid of a computer for the 1,989 grid squ...

  11. MULTIPLE METALS STACK EMISSION MEASUREMENT METHODOLOGY FOR STATIONARY SOURCES, CURRENT STATUS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Stack emissions of metals from stationary sources are of present interest to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), to state and local governments, to industries, and to the public. hen regulations require limitation of metals stack emissions, it follows logic...

  12. A DATA BASE ON THE SOURCES OF INDOOR AIR POLLUTION EMISSIONS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper gives an overview of an EPA data base on he sources of indoor air pollution emissions, and discusses its potential for use in developing pollutant profiles and emission rate data. EPA's AEERL has been working the past 3 years to develop a data base covering the internat...

  13. Partial discharge. XXI. Acoustic emission based PD source location in transformers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    PETER M. ELEFTHERION

    1995-01-01

    Acoustic emission-based partial discharge source location has been applied successfully to power transformers in both factory and field environments, and this method is becoming an established test procedure with a high success rate. With the aid of local utilities and utility laboratories that use acoustic emission apparatus daily, we expect further advances in this technology and an improved basis for

  14. Plug-in Vehicles and Renewable Energy Sources for Cost and Emission Reductions

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ahmed Yousuf Saber; Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy

    2011-01-01

    The electricity and transportation industries are the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions on Earth. Renewable energy, mainly wind and solar, can reduce emission from the electricity industry (mainly from power plants). Likewise, next- generation plug-in vehicles, which include plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) and EVs with vehicle-to-grid capability, referred to as \\

  15. AREA SOURCE ESTIMATES FOR THE 1985 NAPAP (NATIONAL ACID PRECIPITATION ASSESSMENT PROGRAM) EMISSIONS INVENTORY

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper discusses the revised area source methodologies used by the National Acid Precipitation Assessment Program (NAPAP) and EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) to generate the emissions estimates found in the 1985 NAPAP Emissions Inventory. The informa...

  16. LABORATORY AND FIELD EVALUATIONS OF METHODOLOGY FOR DETERMINING HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM EMISSIONS FROM STATIONARY SOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    Development of methodology for sampling and analysis of chromium to support stationary source regulations was initiated in 1984. his study was initiated to determine whether chromium emissions should be regulated under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act National Emissions Standards...

  17. Primary emissions and secondary formation of volatile organic compounds from natural gas production in five major U.S. shale plays

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gilman, J.; Lerner, B. M.; Warneke, C.; Graus, M.; Lui, R.; Koss, A.; Yuan, B.; Murphy, S. M.; Alvarez, S. L.; Lefer, B. L.; Min, K. E.; Brown, S. S.; Roberts, J. M.; Osthoff, H. D.; Hatch, C. D.; Peischl, J.; Ryerson, T. B.; De Gouw, J. A.

    2014-12-01

    According to the U.S. Energy and Information Administration (EIA), domestic production of natural gas from shale formations is currently at the highest levels in U.S. history. Shale gas production may also result in the production of natural gas plant liquids (NGPLs) such as ethane and propane as well as natural gas condensate composed of a complex mixture of non-methane hydrocarbons containing more than ~5 carbon atoms (e.g., hexane, cyclohexane, and benzene). The amounts of natural gas liquids and condensate produced depends on the particular reservoir. The source signature of primary emissions of hydrocarbons to the atmosphere within each shale play will therefore depend on the composition of the raw natural gas as well as the industrial processes and equipment used to extract, separate, store, and transport the raw materials. Characterizing the primary emissions of VOCs from natural gas production is critical to assessing the local and regional atmospheric impacts such as the photochemical formation of ozone and secondary formation of organic aerosol. This study utilizes ground-based measurements of a full suite of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in two western U.S. basins, the Uintah (2012-2014 winter measurements only) and Denver-Julesburg (winter 2011 and summer 2012), and airborne measurements over the Haynesville, Fayetteville, and Marcellus shale basins (summer 2013). By comparing the observed VOC to propane enhancement ratios, we show that each basin has a unique VOC source signature associated with oil and natural gas operations. Of the shale basins studied, the Uintah basin had the largest overall VOC to propane enhancement ratios while the Marcellus had the lowest. For the western basins, we will compare the composition of oxygenated VOCs produced from photochemical oxidation of VOC precursors and contrast the oxygenated VOC mixture to a "typical" summertime urban VOC mixture. The relative roles of alkanes, alkenes, aromatics, and cycloalkanes as precursors for C2-C6 aldehydes and ketones, and C3-C4 alkyl nitrates will be investigated.

  18. EMISSION CHARACTERIZATION OF STATIONARY NOX SOURCES: VOLUME 1. RESULTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of an inventory of gaseous, liquid, and solid effluents from stationary NOx sources, projected to the year 2000, and ranks them according to their potential for environmental hazard. It classifies sources according to their pollution formation characteris...

  19. 40 CFR 63.843 - Emission limits for existing sources.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Primary Aluminum Reduction Plants § 63.843 Emission...0.95 kg/Mg (1.9 lb/ton) of aluminum produced for each CWPB1 potline; (ii) 1.5 kg/Mg (3.0 lb/ton) of aluminum produced for each CWPB2 potline;...

  20. 40 CFR 63.843 - Emission limits for existing sources.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Primary Aluminum Reduction Plants § 63.843 Emission...0.95 kg/Mg (1.9 lb/ton) of aluminum produced for each CWPB1 potline; (ii) 1.5 kg/Mg (3.0 lb/ton) of aluminum produced for each CWPB2 potline;...

  1. 40 CFR 63.843 - Emission limits for existing sources.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Primary Aluminum Reduction Plants § 63.843 Emission...0.95 kg/Mg (1.9 lb/ton) of aluminum produced for each CWPB1 potline; (ii) 1.5 kg/Mg (3.0 lb/ton) of aluminum produced for each CWPB2 potline;...

  2. 40 CFR 63.843 - Emission limits for existing sources.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Primary Aluminum Reduction Plants § 63.843 Emission...0.95 kg/Mg (1.9 lb/ton) of aluminum produced for each CWPB1 potline; (ii) 1.5 kg/Mg (3.0 lb/ton) of aluminum produced for each CWPB2 potline;...

  3. 40 CFR 63.843 - Emission limits for existing sources.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Primary Aluminum Reduction Plants § 63.843 Emission...0.95 kg/Mg (1.9 lb/ton) of aluminum produced for each CWPB1 potline; (ii) 1.5 kg/Mg (3.0 lb/ton) of aluminum produced for each CWPB2 potline;...

  4. SOURCE ASSESSMENT: OVERVIEW AND PRIORITIZATION OF EMISSIONS FROM TEXTILE MANUFACTURING

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives an overview of air pollution emission levels and a ranking of the public health hazard potential of textile manufacturing operations. The textile industry was defined and categorized by Bureau of the Census Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes. Flow cha...

  5. Cotton harvesting emission factors based on source sampling

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Cotton producers in some states across the US cotton belt are facing increased regulatory pressure from state air pollution regulatory agencies. This increased pressure is due in part to inaccurate emission factors for many agricultural operations and poor regional air quality. The objective of this...

  6. Detecting microwave emissions from terrestrial sources: A feasibility study

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Thomas C. Ehlert; Thomas K. Ishii

    1992-01-01

    A Dicke receiver has been designed and constructed in our effort to detect the 22 GHz spontaneous emission from water vapor. The receiver compares the brightness temperatures of two waveguides, one containing gaseous H20 at low pressure, the other containing dry air. Each waveguide is terminated with polished brass, which provides a low background brightness temperature, at one end and

  7. Cotton harvesting emission factors based on source sampling

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Air quality regulation across the U.S. is intensifying due to increasing public concern for environmental protection. Non-attainment status with Federal particulate matter (PM) air quality standards has forced air pollution regulators in some states to focus emission reduction efforts on previously ...

  8. Modeling the impacts of traffic emissions on air toxics concentrations near roadways

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Venkatram, Akula; Isakov, Vlad; Seila, Robert; Baldauf, Richard

    The dispersion formulation incorporated in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's AERMOD regulatory dispersion model is used to estimate the contribution of traffic-generated emissions of select VOCs - benzene, 1,3-butadiene, toluene - to ambient air concentrations at downwind receptors ranging from 10-m to 100-m from the edge of a major highway in Raleigh, North Carolina. The contributions are computed using the following steps: 1) Evaluate dispersion model estimates with 10-min averaged NO data measured at 7 m and 17 m from the edge of the road during a field study conducted in August, 2006; this step determines the uncertainty in model estimates. 2) Use dispersion model estimates and their uncertainties, determined in step 1, to construct pseudo-observations. 3) Fit pseudo-observations to actual observations of VOC concentrations measured during five periods of the field study. This provides estimates of the contributions of traffic emissions to the VOC concentrations at the receptors located from 10 m to 100 m from the road. In addition, it provides estimates of emission factors and background concentrations of the VOCs, which are supported by independent estimates from motor vehicle emissions models and regional air quality measurements. The results presented in the paper demonstrate the suitability of the formulation in AERMOD for estimating concentrations associated with mobile source emissions near roadways. This paper also presents an evaluation of the key emissions and dispersion modeling inputs necessary for conducting assessments of local-scale impacts from traffic emissions.

  9. PAH source fingerprints for coke ovens, diesel and, gasoline engines, highway tunnels, and wood combustion emissions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Khalili, Nasrin R.; Scheff, Peter A.; Holsen, Thomas M.

    To evaluate the chemical composition (source fingerprint) of the major sources of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the Chicago metropolitan area, a study of major PAH sources was conducted during 1990-1992. In this study, a modified high-volume sampling method (PS-1 sampler) was employed to collect airborne PAHs in both the particulate and gas phases. Hewlett Packard 5890 gas chromatographs equipped with the flame ionization and mass spectrometer detectors (GC/FID and GC/MS) were used to analyze the samples. The sources sampled were: coke ovens, highway vehicles, heavy-duty diesel engines, gasoline engines and wood combustion. Results of this study showed that two and three ring PAHs were responsible for 98, 76, 92, 73 and 80% of the total concentration of measured 20 PAHs for coke ovens, diesel engines, highway tunnels, gasoline engines and wood combustion samples, respectively. Six ring PAHs such as indeno(1,2,3- cd)pyrene and benzo( ghi)perylene were mostly below the detection limit of this study and only detected in the highway tunnel, diesel and gasoline engine samples. The source fingerprints were obtained by averaging the ratios of individual PAH concentrations to the total concentration of categorical pollutants including: (a) total measured mass of PAHs with retention times between naphthalene and coronene, (b) the mass of the 20 PAHs measured in this study, (c) total VOCs, and (d) total PM10. Since concentrations of the above categorical pollutants were different for individual samples and different sources, the chemical composition patterns obtained for each categorical pollutant were different. The source fingerprints have been developed for use in chemical mass balance receptor modeling calculations.

  10. [Compositions of organic acids in PM10 emission sources in Xiamen urban atmosphere].

    PubMed

    Yang, Bing-Yu; Huang, Xing-Xing; Zheng, An; Liu, Bi-Lian; Wu, Shui-Ping

    2013-01-01

    The possible organic acid emission sources in PM10 in Xiamen urban atmosphere such as cooking, biomass burning, vehicle exhaust and soil/dust were obtained using a re-suspension test chamber. A total of 15 organic acids including dicarboxylic acids, fatty acids and aromatic acids were determined using GC/MS after derivatization with BF3/n-butanol. The results showed that the highest total concentration of 15 organic acids (53%) was found in cooking emission and the average concentration of the sum of linoleic acid and oleic acid was 24% +/- 14%. However, oxalic acid was the most abundant species followed by phthalic acid in gasoline vehicle exhaust. The ratios of adipic to azelaic acid in gasoline combustion emissions were significantly higher than those in other emission sources, which can be used to qualitatively differentiate anthropogenic and biological source of dicarboxylic acids in atmospheric samples. The ratios of malonic to succinic acid in source emissions (except gasoline generator emissions) were lower (0.07-0.44) than ambient PM10 samples (0.61-3.93), which can be used to qualitatively differentiate the primary source and the secondary source of dicarboxylic acids in urban PM10. PMID:23487911

  11. Sesquiterpene volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are markers of elicitation by sulfated laminarine in grapevine.

    PubMed

    Chalal, Malik; Winkler, Jana B; Gourrat, Karine; Trouvelot, Sophie; Adrian, Marielle; Schnitzler, Jörg-Peter; Jamois, Frank; Daire, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    Inducing resistance in plants by the application of elicitors of defense reactions is an attractive plant protection strategy, particularly for grapevine (Vitis vinifera), which is susceptible to severe fungal diseases. Although induced resistance (IR) can be successful under controlled conditions, in most cases, IR is not sufficiently effective for practical disease control under outdoor conditions. Progress in the application of IR requires a better understanding of grapevine defense mechanisms and the ability to monitor defense markers to identify factors, such as physiological and environmental factors, that can impact IR in the vineyard. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are well-known plant defense compounds that have received little or no attention to date in the case of grape-pathogen interactions. This prompted us to investigate whether an elicitor, the sulfated laminarin (PS3), actually induces the production of VOCs in grapevine. An online analysis (proton-transfer-reaction quadrupole mass spectrometry) of VOC emissions in dynamic cuvettes and passive sampling in gas-tight bags with solid-phase microextraction-GC-MS under greenhouse conditions showed that PS3 elicited the emission of VOCs. Some of them, such as (E,E)-?-farnesene, may be good candidates as biomarkers of elicitor-IR, whereas methyl salicylate appears to be a biomarker of downy mildew infection. A negative correlation between VOC emission and disease severity suggests a positive role of VOCs in grape defense against diseases. PMID:26042139

  12. Sesquiterpene volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are markers of elicitation by sulfated laminarine in grapevine

    PubMed Central

    Chalal, Malik; Winkler, Jana B.; Gourrat, Karine; Trouvelot, Sophie; Adrian, Marielle; Schnitzler, Jörg-Peter; Jamois, Frank; Daire, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    Inducing resistance in plants by the application of elicitors of defense reactions is an attractive plant protection strategy, particularly for grapevine (Vitis vinifera), which is susceptible to severe fungal diseases. Although induced resistance (IR) can be successful under controlled conditions, in most cases, IR is not sufficiently effective for practical disease control under outdoor conditions. Progress in the application of IR requires a better understanding of grapevine defense mechanisms and the ability to monitor defense markers to identify factors, such as physiological and environmental factors, that can impact IR in the vineyard. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are well-known plant defense compounds that have received little or no attention to date in the case of grape-pathogen interactions. This prompted us to investigate whether an elicitor, the sulfated laminarin (PS3), actually induces the production of VOCs in grapevine. An online analysis (proton-transfer-reaction quadrupole mass spectrometry) of VOC emissions in dynamic cuvettes and passive sampling in gas-tight bags with solid-phase microextraction-GC-MS under greenhouse conditions showed that PS3 elicited the emission of VOCs. Some of them, such as (E,E)-?-farnesene, may be good candidates as biomarkers of elicitor-IR, whereas methyl salicylate appears to be a biomarker of downy mildew infection. A negative correlation between VOC emission and disease severity suggests a positive role of VOCs in grape defense against diseases. PMID:26042139

  13. The Bidirectional Exchange of VOCs between a Mixed Forest and the Atmosphere in the Southeast US

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Misztal, P. K.; Arata, C.; Su, L.; Park, J. H.; Holzinger, R.; Seco, R.; Kaser, L.; Mak, J. E.; Guenther, A. B.; Goldstein, A. H.

    2014-12-01

    Biogenic and anthropogenic volatile organic compounds (VOC) are known to play important roles in atmospheric chemistry, formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA), and thus climate. However, understanding the full range of emissions, and the fate of these organic compounds following their oxidation in the atmosphere is currently a major quantitative challenge. We looked closer to investigate emission, oxidation, and deposition of VOCs in a forested region of the South East US as part of the SOAS summer 2013 campaign. Fluxes and concentration of gas-phase VOCs were measured at 10 Hz by a PTR-ToF-MS which was coupled to a 10 Hz RM Young sonic anemometer at the top of the Centreville SEARCH tower located in a mixed deciduous forest near Brent, Alabama. Investigations of BVOC oxidation pathways were also explored in the CalTech chamber during the FIXIT study. The combination of laboratory oxidation studies and concentrations and fluxes measured in the field provides a broader dynamic picture of the physical and chemical processes behind effective oxidation yields which can improve understanding of BVOC oxidation compound fates and thus the accuracies of SOA formation estimates. We investigate the relative contribution of individual VOCs, and classes of VOCs distinguished by the number of oxygen they include, to the mixing ratio, emission and deposition flux burdens. We also investigate how the exchange velocities of VOCs differ during the day and highlight the bidirectional character of the fluxes occurring for a large fraction of observed organic ions.

  14. Industrial source identification and emission estimation of perfluorooctane sulfonate in China.

    PubMed

    Xie, Shuangwei; Wang, Tieyu; Liu, Shijie; Jones, Kevin C; Sweetman, Andrew J; Lu, Yonglong

    2013-02-01

    Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and related chemicals (collectively "PFOS equivalents") are currently manufactured and used in a wide variety of industrial processes in China. Since 2003, the national annual production has increased dramatically to accommodate both domestic demands and ongoing overseas needs for metal plating, fire-fighting foams, photographic, semiconductor and aviation industries. Accordingly, PFOS-related industries are significant sources of PFOS to the environment in China, though little information is available. In the present study, industrial sources of PFOS in China were identified and emissions from major related industries, including PFOS manufacture, textile treatment, metal plating, fire-fighting and semiconductor industries, were evaluated. Contribution by various industrial sources and spatial distribution of the PFOS emission were discussed. It was estimated that the total emission of PFOS equivalents in China was 70t in 2010. Industrial use of PFOS in metal plating was identified as the largest source of PFOS pollution at the national level, followed by textile treatment, fire-fighting, PFOS manufacture and semiconductor industry. At the regional level, greater contributions were made by metal plating and textile treatment in most provinces of eastern China, while in the western part of China and several northeastern provinces fire-fighting was the predominant source. The contribution by PFOS manufacture was considerable in Hubei and Fujian provinces. Total emission, emission density and emission intensity showed geographical variations. In general, the eastern coastal provinces, as the most intensively industrialized regions of China, were characterized by significantly higher emission rates, emission density and emission intensity than those in western and northern China. Available monitoring data of PFOS concentrations in surface water of China reflected a similar distribution pattern, confirming that manufacture and industrial uses were crucial sources of PFOS pollution which would cause significant risks in the environment. PMID:23266910

  15. EMISSIONS PROFILE CHARACTERIZATION OF LAKE MICHIGAN POLLUTANT SOURCES - PART II

    EPA Science Inventory

    The southern Lake Michigan area continues to experience poor air quality despite the implementation of many measures to control particulate matter, ozone and toxic pollutants. Fortunately, the ambient atmosphere holds clues to these sources and their contributions to urban pollut...

  16. Volatile organic emissions from adhesives with indoor applications

    SciTech Connect

    Girman, J.R.; Hodgson, A.T.; Newton, A.S.; Winkes, A.W.

    1984-02-01

    Studies have shown that volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitted from building materials are a potentially important source of indoor air pollution. In this study, we investigated emissions of VOC from both solvent- and water-based adhesives. Adhesives were applied to an inert substrate and dried for at least a week. VOC were cryogenically trapped and identified by GC-MS or sorbent trapped, solvent extracted, and quantified by GC-FID. Among the compounds emitted by adhesives were toluene, styrene, and a variety of normal, branched, and cyclic alkanes. The measured emission rates ranged from below the limit of detection for some adhesives to a total alkane emission rate of over 700 ..mu..g g/sup -1/h/sup -1/ for a water-based adhesive. A simple, well-mixed tank model was used to assess the potential impacts of the adhesives studied and to demonstrate that adhesives can be significant sources of VOC. 8 references, 1 figure, 2 tables.

  17. An elaborate high resolution emission inventory of primary air pollutants for the Central Plain Urban Agglomeration of China

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Qiu, Peipei; Tian, Hezhong; Zhu, Chuanyong; Liu, Kaiyun; Gao, Jiajia; Zhou, Junrui

    2014-04-01

    A high resolution emission inventory of primary air pollutants was developed based on the detailed collected activity data and the latest source-specific emission factors for the year 2010 in the Central Plain Urban Agglomeration (CPUA) region of China. The total emissions of SO2, NOx, PM10, PM2.5, CO, VOCs, and NH3 were estimated to be about 863.7 kt, 1058.2 kt, 1180.4 kt, 753.2 kt, 2854.3 kt, 466.1 kt, and 496.0 kt, respectively. Therein, power plants were demonstrated to be the largest sources for NOx, contributing about 36.1% of total emissions; industrial processes and biomass burning sources were proved to be the two major contributors of PM10, PM2.5 and VOCs emissions, together accounting for about 71.1%, 79.2% and 56.9% of the total emissions respectively. Besides, 18.4% of VOCs emissions can be explained by VOCs product-related sources. Other stationary combustion sources accounted for 57.7% of SO2 and 30.3% of CO emissions, respectively. Livestock and N-fertilizer application sources contributed about 81.0% of NH3 emissions together. Further, the emissions were spatially distributed into grid cells with a resolution of 3 km × 3 km, by using spatial allocation surrogates such as high resolution gridded population density and regional GDP. This inventory will benefit for policymakers and researchers to better understand the current situation of complex air pollution in the CPUA region of China and supply important necessary input for regional air quality modeling and policymaking.

  18. The gamma-ray source ?si. II. Multiwavelength emission model

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Leahy, D. A.

    2004-01-01

    The multi-wavelength spectrum of ?si is summarized. The X-ray to ?-ray luminosity of Lic?1.5×1035 erg/s is due to inverse Compton emission from relativistic electrons around a pulsar. The X-ray to ?-ray spectrum determines the electron energy index, which is consistent with the observed radio spectrum if it mainly optically thin. The inverse Compton emission from a compact region of electrons peaks at periastron due to the higher density of stellar photons. This compact region is highly self-absorbed at radio frequencies implying the quiescent radio emission comes from a separate diffuse population of electrons. The number and total energy of electrons in the diffuse region is ˜0.1 of that in the compact region (˜3×1043 electrons, ˜5×1038 erg). The compact region cannot be static due to its high internal pressure: expansion leading to loss of electrons and injection of new electrons are required. A pulsar with spin period ?0.1 s can provide sufficient injection power. A steady diffuse outflow of electrons from the compact region produces too much optically thick synchrotron emission. The alternative is bulk expansion of the compact electron bubble, with dynamic pressure limiting the expansion velocity and resulting in expansion away from the Be star. Injection ends as the bubble wall facing the Be star stalls and the pulsar's orbit takes it out of the bubble. Alternately, the Rayleigh-Taylor instability could cause the bubble to break up before the exit of the pulsar. In either case, energy injection rates of ˜2 Lic into the bubble result in a detached bubble of size, velocity and electron content similar to the initial conditions used by Peracaula (\\cite{per97}) to model radio outbursts for LSI +61 deg 303.

  19. Temporal variation, regional sources, and removal processes of volatile organic compounds in New England

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Rachel S. Russo

    2009-01-01

    This dissertation describes three research projects with the common objective of characterizing the influence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) on air quality in New England using measurements made over multiple years (2002-2008) and from different sampling locations. The specific objectives include identifying sources (direct emission or secondary production), quantifying mixing ratios, and characterizing the chemical (i.e., oxidation, photolysis) and physical

  20. A review of NO[sub x] control technologies for stationary sources

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Staudt

    1993-01-01

    Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, regulated federally since 1970 under CAA's new source performance standards, are subject to increased regulation under the CAA Amendments. Title 1 of the Amendments, the non-attainment provisions, establishes guidance for controlling numerous pollutants, including VOCs and NOx, both ozone precursors. Under Title 1, states must promulgate reasonably available control technology (RACT) standards, based on EPA guidelines,