Driftåtgärder mot PM10 i Stockholm: utvärdering av vintersäsongen 2012–2013

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Christer Johansson
Michael Norman

Sweden is exceeding the limit values in the EU air quality directives and an important cause is the high concentrations of inhalable particles (PM10) that occurs during winter and spring. Wear of road pavements and winter operation like sanding are important sources for these high concentrations. The city of Stockholm has the largest air quality problems due to many badly ventilated street canyons with high traffic flows. Since 2011 an intensified mitigation work is intended to reduce PM10 concentrations. In this work, some streets are used as test streets for different measures and the resulting PM10 concentrations are compared to concentrations on un-treated reference streets. The results of the season 2011–2012 showed that dust binding with CMA (calcium magnesium acetate) was the most effective measure, while cleaning with an advanced sweeper with vacuum, could not be proven to give any reducing effects on PM10. The trials have been extended with two more test sites during the season 2012–2013, presented in this report. The reason for this was to be able to evaluate a new kind of vacuum sweeper, which does not use water and therefore can be used also during sub-zero conditions. The results show that dust binding with CMA is still the most effective method to reduce high PM10 concentrations resulting from road dust suspension and that the effect can be seen also the day after treatment. Cleaning the streets with the new vacuum cleaner could not be shown to give a significant reduction of PM10 concentrations, even though samples showed that the machine actually picked up fine particles. As during the previous season, the amount of road dust has been sampled and analyzed. The road dust depot increases during winter and reaches a maximum in early spring but is very low in the beginning and at the end of the winter season. This shows the importance of pavement wear and winter operation measures for the road dust depot. The dust binding effect is reflected in higher dust amounts with finer particle size distributions on the treated streets. As CMA might give reduce friction, friction measurements were performed, but no friction problems could be detected. Road surface texture was detected and this indicate that texture is an important parameter for the size of the road dust depot and therefore also for the dust suspension potential.

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