Characterization of Volatile Organic Compounds Emission from Interior Materials of Railway Passenger Cabin

철도차량용 내장재의 휘발성유기화합물 방출특성 분석

  • 조영민 (한국철도기술연구원 철도환경연구실) ;
  • 박덕신 (한국철도기술연구원 철도환경연구실) ;
  • 권순박 (한국철도기술연구원 철도환경연구실) ;
  • 박은영 (과학기술연합대학원대학교)
  • Published : 2008.04.30


The environmental significance of indoor air quality is gaining more attention. Especially, the contamination of indoor air by volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) has become a serious environmental concern. We investigated the VOCs emissions from some interior materials used in the conventional railway passenger cabin. The seat cover and the flooring of cabins were used as testing materials, and they were put in a clean environmental chamber. The temperature and relative humidity was kept at $25{\pm}1^{\circ}C$ and $50{\pm}5%$, respectively. It was found that these interior materials emitted significant amount of VOCs under constantly ventilated condition. The flooring emitted more halogenated VOCs than the seat cover, because it is made of PVC, which contains many chlorine atoms. However, the emission gradually decreased over time. Because the VOCs emission from interior materials may threaten the health of passengers in the cabin, interior materials emitting less VOCs should be used.


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