Direct Olfactometry

Direct Olfactometry

Measurement of odour without a time lag between sampling and analysis. The time lag between sampling and analysis according to the EN 13725 is 30hours and according to the VDI 3880 is 6 hours. This is to prevent the degradation of odour concentration. Ambient odour monitoring using a device which that samples the air at specified dilutions is an example of direct olfactometry.

Source sampling and immediate measuring of odour concentration, equivalent to dynamic sampling or on-line olfactometry. Is advantageous when compared to delayed olfactometry as it minimizes the risk of sample modifications due to storage and transportation. This technique is not currently applied in the UK. Direct olfactometry can be very expensive due to the need of panelists to travel to the site of an odour event and the risk that the presence of the test person at the site may affect their response.
Recent advancements in field olfactometry such as the introduction of SM100i, have made this method more feasible and considerably more economical than delayed olfactometery.
This technique can also be used as a proactive monitoring tool providing real-time analysis.

References: Stack Emissions Monitoring Method Implementation Document for EN 13725: Air – Quality – Determination of odour concentration by dynamic olfactometry. Environment Agency. Version 2. April 2015

Szylakl-Szydlowski, M. Comparison of Two Types of Field Olfactometers for Assessing Odours in Laboratory and Field Tests. Chemical Engineering Transactions. Vol. 40. 2014

Source Testing Association (STA) booklet ‘Risk Assessment Guide: Industrial-emission monitoring’.

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