Ambient Dust Monitor APDA-371

Particulate matter contaminates our atmosphere in various ways. It can for instance be generated by different industrial production processes,waste combustion, coal mining or automobile exhausts. The APDA-371 automatically measures and records airborne particulate concentration levels (in milligrams or micrograms per cubic meter), using the industry-proven principle of beta ray attenuation. Each hour, a small carbon-14 element emits a constant source of high-energy electrons (known as beta rays) through a spot of clean fillter tape. These beta rays are detected and counted by a sensitive scintillation detector to determine a zero reading. The APDA-371 automatically advances this spot of tape to the sample nozzle, where a vacuum pump then pulls a measured and controlled amount of dust-loaded air through the filter tape. Hourly this dirty spot is placed back between the beta source and the detector thereby causing an attenuation of the beta ray signal which is used to determine the mass of the particulate matter on the filter tape.

The APDA-371 Air Pollution Dust Analyzer for Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) ensures long term stability and self-diagnostic capabilities as well as efficient collection of fluorine resin tape. The measurement principle operates according to EU and EPA regulations and is also type approved by TueV.

 

 

Segment: Process And Environment
Division: Ambient
Base product
Manufacturing Company: HORIBA Ltd.
  • Type Approval according EN 12341 (PM 10)
  • Type Approval according EN 14907 (PM 2.5)
  • 2 months automatic operation without maintenance
  • Low operating costs
  • Hourly check of Zero point, Span point (foil) and drift
  • No annual calibration necessary
  • High accuracy and reliability
  • Hourly filter change reduces the loss of volatile particles
  • No geographical or seasonal corrections necessary
  • Sophisticated heating technology controls relative humidity in the sampling phase
  • Internal memory stores digital data up to 182 days
  • Data retrieval via RS232 or LAN using a PC, modem, printer or data acquisition system

 

Measurement Principle

Particulate Concentration by Beta Ray Attenuation

Application

PM10 or PM2,5 or TSP Measurement

Range

0-1,000mg/m3(standard), 0-1.000µg/m3

0-100, 200, 250, 500, 2000, 5000, 10.000µg/m3(special application)

Lowest Detection Limit (1h)

< 4,8µg/m3 

Lowest Detection Limit (24h)

< 1,0µg/m3

Measurement cycle time

1 hour

Flow Rate

16,70 liters/minute

Filter Tape

Glass fiber filter

Span Check

Nominally 800µg/cm2

Beta Source

C-14 (carbon-14), 60 μCi ±15 μCi (< 2.22 X 106 Beq), Half-Life 5730 years.

Beta Detector Type

Photomultiplier tube with scintillator

Operation Temperature

0° to +50°C

Ambient Temperature   

-40° to +55°C standard. Optional -50 °C temperature sensors available

Ambient Humidity

0 to 90% RH, non-condensing

Data Interface  

RS-232, LAN connecting terminal(TCP/IP), Analog (0-10V, 4-20mA, 0-16mA)

Power

AC100 - 230 VAC± 10V, 50/60 Hz, approx. 0,4kW

Dimensions

310(H) x 430(W) x 400(D) mm

Mass

24.5 kg without Accessories

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