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Ultrafine particle exposure inside automobiles

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posted on 2022-03-28, 13:47 authored by Luke David Knibbs
There is an accumulating body of work suggesting that a large proportion of many people's daily exposure to ultrafine (<100nm) particles (UFPs) is incurred during the relatively short period of time spent travelling in an automobile (vehicle). Based on toxicological and epidemiological studies, UFPs are increasingly viewed as a significant risk to public health.However, despite the substantial contribution to total exposure that vehicle travel may constitute, the factors controlling the magnitude of in-vehicle UFP exposures have not been well-documented to-date. The effects of travel through road tunnels (a location where pollutant emissions are often elevated due to their constrained geometry) on daily UFP exposures have not been investigated, despite the increasing number and length of tunnels worldwide. This thesis takes a synergistic and measurement-oriented approach to elucidate the key factors underpinning in-vehicle UFP exposure during tunnel travel that is also relevant to all roadway environments.


Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction -- 1. Introduction and background -- Section II: Publications -- 2. A simple and inexpensive dilution system for the TSI 3007 condensation particle counter -- 3. On-road ultrafine particle concentration in the M5 East road tunnel, Sydney, Australia -- 4. Field study of air change and flow rate in six automobiles -- 5. Effect of ventilation rate on ultrafine particle concentration inside automobiles -- Section III: Discussion and conclusions -- 6. Summative discussion and conclusions -- Appendices


Typescript. Thesis by publication. Bibliography: p. 175-193

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


Thesis (PhD), Macquarie University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environment and Geography

Department, Centre or School

Department of Environment and Geography

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Richard de Dear


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