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Determination of total volatile organic compound emissions from furniture polishes

Guo, H. and Murray, F. (2001) Determination of total volatile organic compound emissions from furniture polishes. Clean Products and Processes, 3 (1). 0042-0048.

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In this study, an environmental test chamber with controlled temperature, relative humidity, and airflow rate was developed to evaluate emissions of total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs) from three different kinds of furniture polish. The time dependence of TVOC concentrations produced from the emissions of furniture polish products in the chamber was tested. TVOC emissions from each furniture polish were compared. The main volatile organic compounds emitted from each polish were identified by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. A double-exponential equation was developed to evaluate the characteristics of emissions of TVOCs from these furniture polish products. With this double-exponential model, the physical processes of TVOC emissions can be explained. A variety of emission parameters can be calculated. These emission parameters could be used to estimate real indoor TVOC concentrations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Springer Verlag
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