# Title 40

## SECTION 53.58

### 53.58 Operational field precision and blank test.

§ 53.58 Operational field precision and blank test.(a) *Overview.* This test is intended to determine the
operational precision of the candidate sampler during a minimum of
10 days of field operation, using three collocated test samplers.
Measurements of PM are made at a test site with all of the samplers
and then compared to determine replicate precision. Candidate
sequential samplers are also subject to a test for possible
deposition of particulate matter on inactive filters during a
period of storage in the sampler. This procedure is applicable to
both reference and equivalent methods. In the case of equivalent
methods, this test may be combined and conducted concurrently with
the comparability test for equivalent methods (described in subpart
C of this part), using three reference method samplers collocated
with three candidate equivalent method samplers and meeting the
applicable site and other requirements of subpart C of this
part.

(b) *Technical definition.* (1) Field precision is defined
as the standard deviation or relative standard deviation of a set
of PM measurements obtained concurrently with three or more
collocated samplers in actual ambient air field operation.

(2) Storage deposition is defined as the mass of material inadvertently deposited on a sample filter that is stored in a sequential sampler either prior to or subsequent to the active sample collection period.

(c) *Test site.* Any outdoor test site having PM 2.5 (or PM
10-2.5, as applicable) concentrations that are reasonably uniform
over the test area and that meet the minimum level requirement of
paragraph (g)(2) of this section is acceptable for this test.

(d) *Required facilities and equipment.* (1) An appropriate
test site and suitable electrical power to accommodate three test
samplers are required.

(2) Teflon sample filters, as specified in section 6 of 40 CFR part 50, appendix L, conditioned and preweighed as required by section 8 of 40 CFR part 50, appendix L, as needed for the test samples.

(e) *Test setup.* (1) Three identical test samplers shall
be installed at the test site in their normal configuration for
collecting PM samples in accordance with the instructions in the
associated manual referred to in § 53.4(b)(3) and also in
accordance with applicable supplemental guidance provided in
reference 3 in appendix A of this subpart. The test samplers' inlet
openings shall be located at the same height above ground and
between 2 (1 for samplers with flow rates less than 200 L/min.) and
4 meters apart horizontally. The samplers shall be arranged or
oriented in a manner that will minimize the spatial and wind
directional effects on sample collection of one sampler on any
other sampler.

(2) Each test sampler shall be successfully leak checked, calibrated, and set up for normal operation in accordance with the instruction manual and with any applicable supplemental guidance provided in reference 3 in appendix A of this subpart.

(f) *Test procedure.* (1) Install a conditioned, preweighed
filter in each test sampler and otherwise prepare each sampler for
normal sample collection. Set identical sample collection start and
stop times for each sampler. For sequential samplers, install a
conditioned, preweighed specified filter in each available channel
or station intended for automatic sequential sample filter
collection (or at least five additional filters for magazine-type
sequential samplers), as directed by the sampler's operation or
instruction manual. Since the inactive sequential channels are used
for the storage deposition part of the test, they may not be used
to collect the active PM test samples.

(2) Collect either a nominal 24-hour or 48-hour atmospheric PM sample simultaneously with each of the three test samplers.

(3) Following sample collection, retrieve the collected sample from each sampler. For sequential samplers, retrieve the additional stored (blank, unsampled) filters after at least 5 days (120 hours) storage in the sampler if the active samples are 24-hour samples, or after at least 10 days (240 hours) if the active samples are 48-hour samples.

(4) Determine the measured PM mass concentration for each sample in accordance with the applicable procedures prescribed for the candidate method in appendix L or appendix O, as applicable, of part 50 of this chapter, and in accordance with the associated manual referred to in § 53.4(b)(3) and supplemental guidance in reference 2 in appendix A of this subpart. For sequential samplers, also similarly determine the storage deposition as the net weight gain of each blank, unsampled filter after the 5-day (or 10-day) period of storage in the sampler.

(5) Repeat this procedure to obtain a total of 10 sets of any combination of (nominal) 24-hour or 48-hour PM measurements over 10 test periods. For sequential samplers, repeat the 5-day (or 10-day) storage test of additional blank filters once for a total of two sets of blank filters.

(g) *Calculations.* (1) Record the PM concentration for
each test sampler for each test period as Ci,j, where i is the
sampler number (i = 1,2,3) and j is the test period (j = 1,2, * * *
10).

(2)(i) For each test period, calculate and record the average of the three measured PM concentrations as Cave,j where j is the test period using equation 26 of this section:

(ii) If Cave,j <3 µg/m 3 for any test period, data from that test period are unacceptable, and an additional sample collection set must be obtained to replace the unacceptable data.

(3)(i) Calculate and record the precision for each of the 10 test periods, as the standard deviation, using equation 27 of this section:

(ii) For each of the 10 test periods, also calculate and record the precision as the relative standard deviation, in percent, using equation 28 of this section:

(h) *Test results.* (1) The candidate method passes the
precision test if *either* Pj or RPj is less than or equal to
the corresponding specification in table E-1 of this subpart for
all 10 test periods.

(2) The candidate sequential sampler passes the blank filter storage deposition test if the average net storage deposition weight gain of each set of blank filters (total of the net weight gain of each blank filter divided by the number of filters in the set) from each test sampler (six sets in all) is less than 50 µg.

[71 FR 61292, Oct. 17, 2006,as amended at 72 FR 32208, June 12, 2007]