Portait of Anders Gudmundsson. Photo: Kennet Ruona

Anders Gudmundsson

Professor

Portait of Anders Gudmundsson. Photo: Kennet Ruona

A chemosorptive cylindrical denuder designed for personal exposure measurements of isocyanates-evaluation on generated aerosols of 4,4 '-methylenediphenyl diisocyanate

Author

  • Y Nordqvist
  • U Nilsson
  • A Colmsjo
  • Andreas Dahl
  • Anders Gudmundsson

Summary, in English

A denuder/filter system constructed for solvent-free personal exposure measurements was evaluated for separation of vapour and particulate 4,4'-methylenediphenyl diisocyanate (4,4'-MDI) generated from heated PUR-foam. The two different phases were collected in the denuder and on the filter, respectively, by chemosorption on a polydimethylsiloxane (SE-30)-dibutylamine (DBA) stationary phase. Both repeatability and the total mass concentration of 4,4'-MDI were similar to that obtained from the reference method, in this case an impinger/filter system. The penetration of particles through the denuder at 300 ml min(-1) was nearly 100% in the particle size range 25 to 700 nm, which fits well with the Gormley-Kennedy equation. Denuder/filter sampling of the 4,4'-MDI aerosol at 500 ml min(-1) yielded a phase distribution that was in accordance with the results from the reference method. The method limit of detection was 6 ng m(-3) and 4 ng m(-3) for the denuder and filter, respectively, when using an air sampling flow rate of 300 ml min(-1) and a sampling period of 15 min. This is well below the Swedish occupational exposure limit (OEL) of 50 and 100 μ g m(-3) for an 8-hour working day and a 5-min period, respectively.

Topic

  • Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1464-0325