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Inandningsbara partiklar i järnvägsmiljöer
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6600-3122
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2006 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)Alternative title
Inhalable particles in railroad environments (English)
Abstract [sv]

Airborne particles from railroad traffic have been identified as an air pollution problem mainly in tunnel environments. As a result of the introduction of the environmental quality standard for inhalable particles in Sweden 2005, the interest in railroad particle pollution has increased. The present report focuses on the variation of PM10 (inhalable particles) in some railroad environments under and above ground, the way these relate to traffic and on the particles' size distributions and elemental composition. The results show that particle concentrations in above ground railroad environments do not exceed the environmental quality standard during the campaigns. Diurnal mean values of PM10 range between 19 to 25 microg/m3. On the contrary, the diurnal mean concentrations on the platforms of the underground stations Arlanda Central and Arlanda South are far above the limit value (237 and 88 microg/m3 respectively) and clear diurnal and weekly patterns in PM10 concentration, co-fluctuating with traffic, can be identified. The particle mass size distribution has an obvious peak around 5-7 ?m at Arlanda C, and slightly smaller, 2-3 microm, at Arlanda S. The concentrations of both PM10 and ultrafine particles (< 0,1 microm) vary a lot depending on different trains. Especially the ultrafine particles seem to be emitted from certain trains, but it has not been possible to identify the source of these particles. The elemental composition of the particles in the tunnel environments was dominated by iron (84 % and 74 % respectively in Arlanda C and Arlanda S), but also other metals, like Cu, Zn, Cr, Ni and Sb (only at Arlanda C) have relatively high concentrations. The tunnel measurements also give some interesting results regarding possible measures against high particle concentrations. Washing of the tunnel walls and floor was carried out on two consecutive nights, but it had no noticeable results on particle concentrations. This implies that a dominant proportion of the particles is directly emitted rather than resuspended. On certain nights, the concentrations of all particle size fractions sank to very low levels, lasting till the morning traffic began. This implies effective self ventilation during these hours. Measurements in several different environments on Stockholm central station show that PM10 vary several tens of microg/m3. Activity, related to both traffic and people, increases particle concentration. The highest concentrations were measured inside the waiting hall. Nevertheless, the concentrations on the platforms were generally at least as high as in the busy street environment outside the station. During a railroad travel, the PM10 and PM2,5 concentrations were generally low, but increase at stops and, most prominently, on entering the Arlanda airport railroad tunnels. The PM2,5 proportion is considered high, contributing to approximately 50-80 % of PM10. The sources of railroad emitted PM10 are likely to be rails, wheels and brakes, but a source apportionment has not been accomplished in this project.

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Linköping: VTI., VTI rapport 538 , 2006. , 55 p.
VTI rapport, ISSN 0347-6030
Keyword [en]
Particle, Air pollution, Measurement, Railway track, Train, Railway station, Traffic density, Hour, Iron, Metal
Research subject
Railway: General works, surveys, comprehensive works, Railway: Environment
URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-6400OAI: diva2:675277
Available from: 2013-12-03 Created: 2013-12-03 Last updated: 2016-02-25

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