Sampling and Identification of volatile and particulate air contaminants generated by intense road traffic in an urban area

Nicoara, Simona; Tonidandel, Loris; Traldi, Pietro; Avram, Simona; Popa, Ovidiu and Palibroda, Nicolae (2008). Sampling and Identification of volatile and particulate air contaminants generated by intense road traffic in an urban area. Studia Universitatis 'Babes-Bolyai', Seria Ambientum, 2008, II(1-2) pp. 186–192.

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Abstract

A case study of urban air quality assessment was carried along a heavily circulated road, aiming to assess the impact of heavy vehicles traffic on the air quality on adjacent streets. A simple method was used for the collection of volatiles from air, in charcoal filled tubes. The analytes were desorbed in an organic solvent, then separated on a capillary column. The concentration of volatile organic atmospheric contaminants mainly originating from the exhaust gas of internal combustion engines, were then determined by using GC/MS quantitative analysis methods. Particulate matter concentrations in the air along the monitored street, were determined in 9 sampling sites, using a portable detector, and by applying the short time sampling methodology.

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