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C. Nisulescu, D. Calinoiu, A. Timofte, A. Boscornea, C. Talianu, Diurnal variation of particulate matter in the proximity of Rovinari fossil-fuel power plant, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 10/1 (2011) 99-105.

 

Title: Diurnal variation of particulate matter in the proximity of Rovinari fossil-fuel power plant

Abstract: The main aim of this study was the measurement of particulate matter near a coal-based power plant, located in Rovinari (Romania). Two particle counters and an Aerodynamic Particle Sizer were used simultaneously to record the diurnal variation of particulates under different meteorological conditions. The results have shown that the concentration of particulates and their size distribution at the ground depends strongly on the direction and intensity of wind, and also it is influenced by the time of day. During the night period, the concentration level of particles is found to be very high. This is the connection with the diurnal fluctuation of the Planetary Boundary Layer height. Depending upon the source and makeup of the coal being burned, the components of fly ash vary considerably, but the particles are generally spherical in shape and range in size from 0.5 μm to 100 μm. Fine particles are, therefore, transported at distance from the source, affecting the quality of local air.

Key words: air pollution, flying ash, particulate matter, size distribution

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