Evaluation of malodor for automobile air conditioner evaporator by using laboratory-scale test cooling bench.

Abstract

As one of the measures to improve the environment in an automobile, malodor caused by the automobile air-conditioning system evaporator was evaluated and analyzed using laboratory-scale test cooling bench. The odor was simulated with an evaporator test cooling bench equipped with an airflow controller, air temperature and relative humidity controller. To simulate the same odor characteristics that occur from automobiles, one previously used automobile air conditioner evaporator associated with unpleasant odors was selected. The odor was evaluated by trained panels and collected with aluminum polyester bags. Collected samples were analyzed by thermal desorption into a cryotrap and subsequent gas chromatographic separation, followed by simultaneous olfactometry, flame ionization detector and identified by atomic emission detection and mass spectrometry. Compounds such as alcohols, aldehydes, and organic acids were identified as responsible odor-active compounds. Gas chromatography/flame ionization detection/olfactometry combined sensory method with instrumental analysis was very effective as an odor evaluation method in an automobile air-conditioning system evaporator.

DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2008.07.030

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@article{Kim2008EvaluationOM, title={Evaluation of malodor for automobile air conditioner evaporator by using laboratory-scale test cooling bench.}, author={Kyung Hwan Kim and Sun Hwa Kim and Young Rim Jung and Man Goo Kim}, journal={Journal of chromatography. A}, year={2008}, volume={1204 1}, pages={72-80} }