Experimental study of gaseous and particulate contaminants distribution in an aircraft cabin

Fei Li, Junjie Liu, Jingjing Pei, Chao Hsin Lin, Qingyan Chen

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The environment of the aircraft cabin greatly influences the comfort and health of passengers and crew members. Contaminant transport has a strong effect on disease spreading in the cabin environment. To obtain the complex cabin contaminant distribution fields accurately and completely, which is also essential to provide solid and precise data for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model validation, this paper aimed to investigate and improve the method for simultaneous particle and gaseous contaminant fields measurement. The experiment was conducted in a functional MD-82 aircraft. Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) was used as tracer gas, and Di-Ethyl-Hexyl-Sebacat (DEHS) was used as particulate contaminant. The whole measurement was completed in a part of the economy-class cabin without heating manikins or occupied with heating manikins. The experimental method, in terms of pollutant source setting, sampling points and schedule, was investigated. Statistical analysis showed that appropriately modified sampling grid was able to provide reasonable data. A small difference in the source locations can lead to a significant difference in cabin contaminant fields. And the relationship between gaseous and particulate pollutant transport was also discussed through tracking behavior analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-233
Number of pages11
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


  • Aircraft cabin
  • Contaminant
  • Sampling grid
  • Source setting
  • Test procedure
  • Tracking behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Atmospheric Science


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