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Electron Microscopy Studies of Silica Fume Emissions from a Silicon Smelter in Southern Tasmania, Australia


Cunningham, EA and Jablonski, W and Todd, JJ, Electron Microscopy Studies of Silica Fume Emissions from a Silicon Smelter in Southern Tasmania, Australia, American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal, 57, (11) pp. 1024-1034. ISSN 0002-8894 (1996) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/15428119691014369


Particle size of silica fume emissions from a silicon smeller in southern Tasmania has been studied by using a transmission electron microscope methodology. Primary particles and aggregates were sized, involving the analysis of some 16,593 primary particles at a magnification of 54,800 x, and aggregates at varying magnifications depending on their size. Varying frequency distributions of primary particles and aggregates from three emission orifices were derived, and it was established that the fume could be accurately classified as an ultrafine aerosol. All count distributions were found to be lognormally distributed; in addition, they were standardized, and confidence limits were established. Findings are discussed and comparisons made with other major work in the field. The size distributions as established in this study may be important when considering the health implications of silica fume.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Occupational and workplace health and safety
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Understanding climate change not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Cunningham, EA (Ms Elizabeth Ann Cunningham)
UTAS Author:Jablonski, W (Mr Jablonski)
UTAS Author:Todd, JJ (Dr John Todd)
ID Code:7276
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-16

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