Evaluation of a Partector Pro for atmospheric particle number size distribution and number concentration measurements at an urban background site

Asbach, Christof; Todea, Ana Maria; Kaminski, Heinz

Particle number size distributions, total number concentrations and mean particle sizes have been measured for 70 d at an urban background site in Mülheim-Styrum, Germany, with a handheld Partector Pro of the first generation and a TSI mobility particle size spectrometer (MPSS). The aim of the study was to evaluate the performance of the Partector Pro against the MPSS. The results show that the size distributions, measured with the Partector Pro, agree with the MPSS mostly within inline-formula± 25 % for particle sizes between 10 and 113.5 nm, whereas higher, systematic differences were observed for larger particles. The measurement accuracy was shown to be dependent on the geometric mean diameter and the geometric standard deviation of the aerosol. Best results were found for the most abundant size distributions with geometric mean particle diameters inline-formula≥ 30 nm and geometric standard deviations larger than 1.8. The total number concentration, measured by the Partector Pro, was found to be in excellent agreement with the MPSS with a slope of the linear fit of 0.9977 and a regression coefficient of inline-formulaR2=0.9956. The agreement of the geometric mean particle diameter, determined with the Partector Pro and the MPSS was good but moderately dependent on the particle size distribution. For mean particle sizes between 20 and 50 nm, the bias was within inline-formula±15 %. Higher deviations of up to 30 % were observed when the geometric mean particle sizes exceeded 70 nm and when the geometric standard deviations exceeded approximately 2.7.

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Asbach, Christof / Todea, Ana Maria / Kaminski, Heinz: Evaluation of a Partector Pro for atmospheric particle number size distribution and number concentration measurements at an urban background site. 2024. Copernicus Publications.

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