Design, Evaluation, and Particle Size Characterization of an In-Duct Flat Media Particle Loading Test System for Nuclear-Grade Asme Ag-1 Hepa Filters
Wong, Matthew Christopher
The design and performance evaluation of in-duct, isokinetic samplers capable of testing flat sheet, nuclear-grade High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters simultaneously with a radial filter testing system is discussed in this study. Evaluations within this study utilize challenge aerosols of varying particle diameters and masses such as hydrated alumina, Arizona test dust, and flame-generated acetylene soot. Accumulated mass and pressure drop for each in-duct sampler is correlated to the full-scale radial filter accumulated mass from initial to 10 in w. c. of loading. SEM imaging of samples at 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% loading verifies particle sizes with instrumentation used, revealing filter clogging resulting from particle impaction and interception. The U.S Department of Energy requires prototype nuclear-grade HEPA filters to be qualified under ASME AG-1 standards. The data obtained can be used to determine baseline performance characteristics on pleated radial filter medium for increased loading integrity and lifecycle endurance.