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Odour: characterisation and transformation


Parcsi, G and Sivret, E and Wang, X and Stuetz, RM, Odour: characterisation and transformation, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 30 pp. 193-198. ISSN 1974-9791 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3303/CET1230033


Emissions of odour constitute a variety of chemical compounds that can be odorous or non-odorous. Each odorous chemical (odorant) has a particular odorant characteristic and detection threshold, unique and specific to that compound. Within an odour matrix the compounds present will interact to form the overall (global) odour; in much the same way as a perfume is composed of many fragrance types. The combination of odorants and non-odorants is complicated by chemical interactions (to form additional species) and the mechanism of combination; it is not simply a matter of addition, for the global odour can be more or less than the sum of the individual components. The management of odorous emissions must first begin with a comprehensive chemical characterisation of the emission in order to identify the key contributors causing the odorous annoyance. This will enable effective odour management to reduce the emission impact; however identification of the nuisance chemicals at the source may differ from those potentially reaching a local receptor; it is therefore imperative that both the source emission be understood and the potential reaction pathways of these chemicals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:odour, odour monitoring
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Environmental engineering
Research Field:Environmental engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Water and waste services
Objective Field:Water recycling services (incl. sewage and greywater)
UTAS Author:Sivret, E (Dr Eric Sivret)
ID Code:140891
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2020-09-14
Last Modified:2020-10-08
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