Elemental Abundance Variation with Particle Size in Aerosols from Welding Operations

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The effect of airborne particulate matter on human health is today of considerable research interest. Essential parameters include elemental composition sampling with low pressure cascade impactors and analysis by particle induced x-ray emission spectroscopy (PIXE). It is shown that the aerosol generated by arc welding operations is several orders of magnitude denser than aerosols in ambient air. Most of the mass is found on particles between 0.1 and 1µm diameter, but the size distribution differs from one welding technique to another. The relative composition of the aerosol is found to differ significantly from that of both the welding piece and the electrode indicating the presence of fractionation of the type indicated in this work in designing electrodes and welding pieces to minimize the health hazards associated with the welding.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
  • Subatomic Physics
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • welding aerosols, elemental composition, size fractions, PIXE, cascade impactor
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Second International Conference on Nuclear Methods in Environmental Research
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1974
Publication categoryResearch
EventThe Second International Conference on Nuclear Methods in Environmental Research - Columbia, Missouri, United States
Duration: 1974 Jul 291974 Jul 31


ConferenceThe Second International Conference on Nuclear Methods in Environmental Research
CountryUnited States
CityColumbia, Missouri

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology (011025002), Nuclear Physics (Faculty of Technology) (011013007), The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) (011026001)