Truck Chasing Experiment 2005

View from the mobile lab during a truck chasing experiment. Picture: Automated camera, MPIC (J. Schneider).

During a 4-day measurement project in June 2005, the mobile laboratory (FML) of the Ford Forschungszentrum Aachen (FFA) was equipped with the following aerosol and gas-phase instrumentations: An Aerodyne Quadrupole Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (Q-AMS), a scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS, TSI Inc.), a condensation particle counter (TSI 3022), a particulate black carbon monitor (AVL 483 Micro Soot Sensor), NOx and CO2 gas analyzers and meteorological base parameter (temperature and relative humidity) sensors.
A total of 6 measurement drives were performed, each of which about 3 hours in duration. The measurements took place in the vicinity of Aachen, Germany, mostly on motorways (A4, A44, A61), on regional roads in a rural environment, in the inner city of Aachen, and partly in suburban areas or smaller cities. The focus of the measurements was the chasing of individual trucks under cruising conditions, but also background aerosol on motorways, rural regional roads and in the inner city of Aachen was sampled.

Cooperation with:
Ford Forschungszentrum Aachen (FFA) (U. Kirchner, R. Vogt. V. Scheer)


People involved:
J. Schneider

Schneider, J., U. Kirchner, S. Borrmann, R. Vogt, and V. Scheer, In situ measurements of particle number concentration, chemically resolved size distributions, and black carbon content of traffic related emissions on German motorways, rural roads, and in city traffic, Atmospheric Environment, 42, 4257-4268,, 2008.

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