voc calibration Articles

  • A Guide to BFB Tuning for VOC Analysis

    All US EPA methods for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) require that specific GCMS tuning criteria be met before running a calibration curve or analyzing actual samples. The GCMS is tuned using the traditional tuning compound, PFTBA (perfluorotributylamine), and the tune is evaluated every 12 hours by injecting BFB (4-bromofluorobenzene) and measuring the relative intensity of key mass ...

  • Field Method Comparison between Passive Air Samplers and Continuous Monitors for VOCs and NO2 in El Paso, Texas

    This study evaluates the performance of Model 3300 Ogawa Passive Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) Samplers and 3M 3520 Organic Vapor Monitors (OVMs) by comparing integrated passive sampling concentrations to averaged hourly NO2 and volatile organic compound (VOC) measurements at two sites in El Paso, TX. Sampling periods were three time intervals (3-day weekend, 4-day weekday, and 7-day weekly) for three ...


    By Ogawa & Company, USA, Inc.

  • NASA campaign KORUS-AQ: IONICON PTR-TOF to monitor VOCs above Korea

    Team of the University of Innsbruck and an IONICON PTR-TOFMS aboard NASA research aircraft An international team coordinated by NASA has recently investigated air pollution over the Korean peninsula. Two of IONICON’s PTR-TOFMS instruments were used to monitor volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in real-time aboard NASA’s DC-8 Flying Laboratory. The data gathered by scientists ...


    By Ionicon Analytik Ges.m.b.H.

  • Validation of USEPA Method 524.2 Using a Stratum PTC, AQUATek 100 Autosampler, and Perkin-Elmer Clarus 600 GC/MS

    The US EPA developed Method 524.2¹, “Measurement of Purgeable Organic Compounds in Water by Capillary Column Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry”, for identifying and measuring purgeable volatile organic compounds (VOC) in surface water, groundwater, and drinking water. Due to the required sensitivity of this method, the use of purge and trap gas chromatography is vital. This ...


    By Teledyne Tekmar

  • Shimadzu Guide to US EPA Method 8260 for analysis of volatile organic compounds in groundwater and solid waste

    Environmental contamination has been at the forefront of government policy and regulation since the US EPA was established in 1970. Over the years the US EPA has developed, published, and updated multiple methods for analysis of environmental pollutants, and single-quadrupole gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS) has long been the technique of choice for determination of volatile ...

  • airmoTWA: New Expert System for GC-FID/MS

    Chromatotec has developed the first TRAP-GC-FID/MS designed for continuous monitoring of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), inorganic molecules and permanent gases. In addition to the mass spectrometer (MS), this system encompasses the same trap, thermo desorption and separation technologies as airmoVOC analyzers (current mCERTS approved GCs analyzers). For VOCs analysis, the Flame Ionization ...


    By Chromatotec Group

  • Determination of TOC in stack through the innovative FID analyser easy to carry - Case Study

    PROBLEM: The industrial chimney's emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are becoming issues of global importance and to have an accurate knowledge about how to test VOC turns into a strategic issue. VOC emissions are quantified and monitored according to standard EN 12619, using FID analyzer which uses hydrogen and other reference gases in ...


    By Pollution Srl

  • How Accurate is Your Monitor?

    When you consider the many regulations and guidelines that health and safety officers and first responders are faced with, it is amazing they maintain the ability to detect such a wide variety of hazardous pollutants and toxic agents.  There is no lack of regulations governing how to monitor chemical compounds, and the list grows longer all the time.  New standards for portable gas ...

  • The Importance of high-quality service for regenerative thermal oxidizer

    The Importance of high-quality service for Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer. Safety, efficiency and compliance among pressures facing Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer operators. As any plant or maintenance manager working in a manufacturing environment using volatile organic compounds (VOCs) could tell you, the standards for support of all equipment along the process is critical for safety and ...

  • Controlling Pharmaceutical Coating & Drying Process Emissions

    Capturing and destroying harmful emissions from pharmaceutical processes can be challenging. It’s not because the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are difficult to destroy using catalytic or thermal techniques. It’s because their concentrations can be so high. These process streams raise safety concerns, both when they’re collected in vents and when they reach the final ...

  • Are your field soil screening procedures providing you with practical and accurate information?

    Untitled Document Environmental consulting activities frequently require that on-the-spot decisions be made in the field concerning the ...


    By Enviro-Equipment, Inc.

  • Cost Containment: Beyond the Obvious

    Utilities today can implement a number of different initiatives to help them contain costs and maximize profits. Some of those, such as switching to a more efficient fuel source if possible, can produce obvious results that are relatively easy to calculate. But there are other initiatives, though less obvious, that can produce significant results at the bottom line. One such cost-containment ...

  • Building on a legacy of PID development

    Summary From the 1970s to the present day, photo-ionisation detectors (PIDs) have been at the front line of efforts to detect volatile organic compounds. As industrial hygiene has become ever more important and exposure limits for VOCs have reduced, PID technology has continued to develop, providing reliable detection under challenging environmental conditions at concentrations right down to ...


    By Ion Science

  • Avoiding Sewer Fires with Vapor Space Organics Monitoring

    ABSTRACTRegulation of flammable gases released from wastewater discharges is facilitated by the use of the Vapor Space Organics test method. Such regulation can reduce the risk of a flash sewer fire, resulting damage and potential injury. The updated 2003 VSO process developed by Severn Trent Laboratories produced data that was equivalent to the 1990 VSO process developed and used by the ...

  • The MACT for petroleum refinery FCCs is a fraud!

    This paper is a continuation of the author's research on the MACT regulation for abating pollution from Petroleum Refinery FCCs in the US. This paper highlights the flaws in the recently promulgated MACT for NSPS and non-NSPS FCC units. It details the inadequacies and the potential for perversity in the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) that are an integral part of the FCC MACT. It ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • TVOC measurement for LEED/green building evaluation

    Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) may be evaluated when building designers/managers are pursuing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System for New Construction (LEED-NC) EQ Credit 3.2. The latest LEED-NC guidance document specifies that the maximum allowed concentration of TVOC measured in a building (post construction, pre-occupancy) is 500 µg/m3; the ...


  • Field Detection of Chlorinated Alkenes in Well Water using the FROG-4000 Portable GC - Case Study

    Introduction Defiant’s FROG 4000, a portable GCPID system, was used to identify and determine the concentration of chlorinated alkenes in several extraction wells located in Tacoma Washington. Split samples were taken at each well and sent to an offsite lab for analysis. This case study examines the field exercise and highlights the high degree of agreement between the offsite lab and ...


    By Northern ANI Solutions Ltd.

  • Biofilter Applications in the Coatings Industry.

    Soaring energy costs and the high cost of ‘end-of-pipe’ pollution control equipment has caused companies and regulatory agencies to re-evaluate ‘unconventional’ means of achieving VOC and HAP emissions control. The coatings industry is an excellent candidate for alternative, unconventional controls, as VOC and HAP reductions have not been as strident as has been the case in many other industries. ...


  • Mobile Stationary Source Emissions Testing, Coming to a Facility Near You?

    Last week, Antea Group had the unique opportunity to perform a RATA (relative accuracy test audit) of the emissions from a thermal oxidizer at an ethanol production facility located in Minnesota using a state-of-the-art mobile testing laboratory. During this RATA audit, actual stack emissions levels (including NOx, SOx, CO2, CO, O2, flow rate, temperature, velocity and pressure) from the ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Ozone Artifacts and Carbonyl Measurements Using Tenax GR, Tenax TA, Carbopack B, and Carbopack X Adsorbents

    INTRODUCTION Sampling of airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) using thermally desorbable solid adsorbents has proven its usefulness in many environmental applications and has become a routine technique1 with compelling advantages over canisters, especially when a large sample volume or sample transport is needed.2 Many adsorbents are available, and users are faced with the difficulty of ...


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