Date of Award
Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene
Department of Systems Engineering and Management
Dirk P. Yamamoto, PhD.
Exposure assessments of open burn pits are often complicated by a lack of sampling equipment and resources. This research investigated the hypothesis of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a viable surrogate for particulate matter with diameter ≤ 2.5 μm (PM2.5). Large-scale solid waste combustion tests resulted in linear trends between mean PM2.5 and CO2 (R2 = 0.964 - 0.989). This pilot study demonstrates the feasibility of using CO2 as a surrogate of PM2.5 concentration as CO2 sensors potentially provide a cost-effective solution for monitoring in lieu of expensive PM instruments. It also indicates the potential reduction in particulate matter when using batch-feeding practices with burn boxes (versus open burning).
DTIC Accession Number
Schmidt, Michael A ., "Health Risk Assessments of Waste Combustion Emissions Using Surrogate Analyte Models" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 1009.