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The performance of a variety of continuous and discontinuous volatile organic compound (VOC) monitoring techniques was compared and evaluated during a two month field intercomparison at an urban background location. The exercise involved the use of a continuous cycling gas chromatograph (CCGC), continuous BTX analysers, a continuous methane/non-methane hydrocarbon (NMHC) analyser, pumped tube samplers, canister samplers and diffusive samplers. The CCGC and canister samplers measured a wide range of VOCs with twenty five compounds being reported from C2 to C8. The other monitoring techniques were set up to measure a more limited range of VOCs. The majority of the evaluated VOC monitoring techniques were used to take measurements of benzene, toluene and m+p-xylene.

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Authors: PÉREZ BALLESTA P, JRC Ispra (IT);DE SAEGER E, JRC Ispra (IT);FIELD R A, AEA Technology, Abingdon, Oxon (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18085 EN (1998) 35pp., free of charge
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-0332-785818
Record Number: 199810928 / Last updated on: 1998-09-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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