Articles | Volume 15, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 539–559, 2022

Special issue: Simulation chambers as tools in atmospheric research (AMT/ACP/GMD...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 539–559, 2022
Research article
31 Jan 2022
Research article | 31 Jan 2022

Characterisation of the Manchester Aerosol Chamber facility

Yunqi Shao et al.

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A comprehensive description and characterisation of the Manchester Aerosol Chamber (MAC) was conducted. The MAC has good temperature and relative humidity homogeneity, fast mixing times, and comparable losses of gases and particles with other chambers. The MAC's bespoke control system allows improved duty cycles and repeatable experiments. Moreover, the effect of contamination on performance was also investigated. It is highly recommended to regularly track the chamber's performance.