Emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from materials is traditionally determined from tests carried out in small-scale test chambers. Howeyer, a difference in scale may lead to a difference in the measured emission rate in a small-scale test chamber and the actual emission rate in a full-scale ventilated room when the emission is fully or partly evaporation controlled.
This paper reports on the experimental results using a standard room chamber to evaluate the impact of various parameters on indoor radon concentrations. The paper assesses the suitability of using pro-existing mathematical models for the prediction of indoor Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) to estimate radon concentrations in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HV AC) environment. A test chamber study was conducted to thoroughly evaluate and validate parameters considered in these models.
The effects of surface air movement on material emissions were investigated experimentally. A field study was carried out to understand the characteristics of surface air movement in real rooms, and a velocity-controlled test chamber was designed and built, based on the field study results, to provide a uniform mean air flow and boundary layer condition over the test area. An extensive experimental study on the effects of air movement on material emissions was carried out, under different mean flow velocities and turbulence fluctuations, by using the small velocity-controlled test chamber.
To evaluate the health risk posed by particles emitted from sound absorbent materials used in ventilation channels, the number, size, shape and composition of fibers and other particles must be characterized. A method of studying those particle characteristics has been developed. The number concentration of small particles in the testing chamber was measured with a condensation nucleus counter. Both scanning electron microscopical and optical microscopical analyses were possible for filter samples because of the low particle concentration of background particles in the testing chamber.