Build a Mobile Vehicle for In-Situ Measurement of Dust of UFP and PM1

This project will develop a mobile vehicle equipped with particle size analyzers for in-situ measurement of traffic-generated Ultrafine Particles (UFP, particles with a diameter of 0.1 micrometers or less)) and PM1 (particles with a diameter of 1.0 micrometers or less). The vehicle is different from existing systems which currently measure PM10 (particles with a diameter of 10 micrometers or less) or PM2.5 (particles with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less). The existing systems can not determine UFP and PM1 which are considered to be a significant human health concern because of the variable composition and the ability of these particles to penetrate deeply into the respiratory tract. The vehicle being developed can measure both particle number concentration and particle size distribution, while the existing systems can only measure the particle number concentration. When the vehicle travels on a predetermined route in urban areas such as Las Vegas, the obtained particle size distribution data would help to develop fine particle emission inventories. This would be the first system of its kind with these capabilities, and may help develop understanding of the emissions of ultrafine particles.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Project Team (From:2007-09-01 To: 2008-05-31) Shizhi Qian, PI Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Nevada Las Vegas Phone (702) 895-5452 FAX (702) 895-3936 Hualiang (Harry) Teng, Co-PI Assistant Professor Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Transportation Research Center University of Nevada, Las Vegas Sang W. Joo Visiting Scholar, Mechanical Engineering Martin Mack Graduate Student, Mechanical Engineering Patrick Moorehead Student, Mechanical Engineering Final report pending approval.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada

    600 S Grand Central Pkwy
    Suite 350
    Las Vegas, NV  United States  89106
  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Center

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    4505 Maryland Parkway, MS 4007
    Las Vegas, NV  United States  89154
  • Principal Investigators:

    James, David

  • Start Date: 20070901
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 18614

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01468414
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT06-G-0034
  • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:50PM