Characterization of aging wood chip combustion aerosol in an environmental chamber

Ari P. Leskinen, Jorma K. Jokiniemi, Kari E.J. Lehtinen

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Aging of aerosol from wood chip combustion in a stoker burner was monitored in an outdoor environmental chamber for 19–27 h in order to study the size, volatility and organic carbon (OC) content of the combustion aerosol particles during aging.
A scanning mobility particle sizer, a volatility tandem differential mobility analyzer (VTDMA), and a thermal–optical carbon analyzer were utilized. The VTDMA and carbon analyses were performed at the beginning, after 17–24 h of aging and at one intermediate point.
The size decrease of freshly emitted particles was 6–10% when heated to , and was found to depend on the experiment start time. For particles aged for 24 h, a 74–86% decrease in particle size at was observed. The more volatile OC fraction and the total OC fraction in the particles increased and the less volatile OC fraction decreased with aging.
This suggests that during aging more volatile compounds condense on or heavier compounds photodegrade into lighter ones in the particles. Occasionally, new particle formation and growth were observed in the following day. The new particles were found to be composed mainly of volatile material.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3713-3721
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • aerosols
  • wood combustion
  • forest chips
  • wood chips
  • combustion
  • volatile organic compounds
  • aging
  • environmental chamber
  • tandem differential mobility analyzer


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