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02-12-2007

Clarkson University Awarded State-of-the-Art Air Quality Test Instruments for Use with New Indoor Air Chamber

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Clarkson University students learning about indoor air in 10 different courses will now benefit from the newest and most capable air quality test instruments and the use of a new indoor air chamber.

The University was chosen as a winner in the Fluke Educational Grant Program and recently received two Fluke 975 AirMeter testers. These diagnostic instruments replace a costly array of tools used to measure multiple air quality factors, including air velocity, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, temperature and humidity. They also calculate dew point and wet bulb temperatures and percent outside air. fluke

Students of heating, ventilating and air conditioning, industrial hygiene and indoor air quality can credit Andrea Ferro, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Alan Rossner, director of the Environmental Health Science program and assistant professor of biology, with securing this grant from Fluke.

The chamber is in construction stages and is being funded with grants from the Coulter School of Engineering and the Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science. Ferro estimates the total cost of the chamber to be about $10,000.

Initial experiments conducted in the chamber will include transport of ultrafine particles through cracks and resuspension of particles from various floorings.

The Fluke AirMeters have a retail value of $2,495 each.

Fluke Corporation is a world leader in the manufacture, distribution and service of electronic test tools and software.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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