Math & Science Department (SURI)

Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2017

Abstract

Atmospheric aerosol (AA) particles are defined as solid or liquid particles suspended in the air. AA particles smaller than 10 μm (1x10-5 meters) in diameter are small enough to bypass the upper respiratory system which functions as a filter for harmful substances entering the lungs. AA particles can be collected using a device called an aerosol impactor. After collection, the particles can be analyzed offline for chemical composition using a variety of analytical techniques. The weight of a commercially manufactured AA particle impactor poses an issue if it is attached to a mobile AA particle sampling platform such as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). In this study a lightweight plastic AA impactor is designed and fabricated using Autodesk AutoCAD 2016 and a MakerBot Replicator 3-D printer. Project Motivation

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