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Time Resolved Size Distributions of Test Smoke and Nuisance Aerosols.

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Cleary, T. G.

International Conference on Automatic Fire Detection "AUBE '04", 13th Proceedings. University of Duisburg. [Internationale Konferenz uber Automatischen Brandentdeckung.] September 14-16, 2004, Duisburg, Germany, Luck, H.; Laws, P.; Willms, I., Editor(s)(s), 500-509 pp, 2004.


fire detection; fire detection systems; aerosols; size distribution; smoke; soot; smoke detectors; cigarettes


An electrical low-pressure impactor (ELPI) has been used to measure the size distribution of various test smokes and nuisance aerosols generated in the fire emulator/detector evaluator (FE/DE). Previously reported size results were timeaveraged values with sampling times on the order of five minutes required to collect a weighable amount. The ELPI is a 12-stage cascade impactor that separates particles between an aerodynamic diameter size range of 0.03 mm to 10 mm, which covers a wide range of particle sizes of interest in smoke alarm research. A complete size distribution is recorded every 10 s. The size distributions of several test smokes including: propene soot, smoldering cotton, and smoldering wood smoke were measured throughout smoke alarm exposure tests. The size distribution of several nuisance aerosols including: dust, cigarette smoke, and cooking smokes were also measured. Additionally, comparisons were made between the ELPI results and results from a tapered element oscillating microbalance and the measuring ionization chamber.