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ASTM E2515 - 11 standard test method for determination of particulate matter emissions collected by a dilution tunnel


Source: ASTM International

1. Scope

1.1 This test method is applicable for the determination of particulate matter emissions from solid-fuel-burning appliances including woodstoves, pellet-burning appliances, factory-built fireplaces, masonry fireplaces, masonry heaters, indoor furnaces, and indoor and outdoor hydronic heaters within a laboratory environment.

1.2 Analytes will be a particulate matter (PM) with no CAS number assigned. For data quality objectives, see Appendix X1.

1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.4 This test method does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately)

AISI Documents
AISI316 Stainless Steel

ASTM Standards
D2986 Practice for Evaluation of Air Assay Media by the Monodisperse DOP (Dioctyl Phthalate) Smoke Test
E2558 Test Method for Determining Particulate Matter Emissions from Fires in Low Mass Wood-Burning Fireplaces
E2618 Test Method for Measurement of Particulate Emissions and Heating Efficiency of Outdoor Solid Fuel-Fired Hydronic Heating Appliances

Index Terms

Dilution tunnel; Emission testing; Particulate matter content; Particulate matter sampling;

ICS Code

ICS Number Code 13.040.40 (Stationary source emissions)

DOI: 10.1520/E2515-11

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Customer comments

  1. By Jeremy D'herville on

    Is it true that the test method is used in an environment where the appliance will be heating in the most ideal burning conditions? If atmospheric issues above the wood heater are not addressed, causing back pressure, downdraft etc on the flue, combustion will still be compromised and the air damper will not function properly. It is also commercially dishonest to say that these 'certified' fires under this test can lower emissions up to 70% when in the field no one can reproduce the unatural conditions of the testing laboratory. The whole system should be tested and emissions should be tested above the flue in the worst winter conditions. I've witnessed the dramatic effects from using cowls designed to reverse negative pressure in the flue pipe consistently. I've seen from start up smoke dissapear in less than 2 minutes. Focussing all the attention on the appliance makes a great excuse to sell new woodheaters but the actual changes are not being very effective where it is used. The dilution test was originally used without emissions equipment for quality control. All manufacturers have to do is design stoves that work in the unnatural conditions in the lab. They do not reproduce conditions close to real world winter conditions and major improvements still need to be made. Many complain about the lack of difference the effects of this standard are producing. The top of the flue and negative air pressure needs to be addressed in the standard.