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Microbiological Evaluation of a Large-Volume Air Incinerator

Microbiological Evaluation of a Large-Volume Air Incinerator


Microbiological Evaluation of a Large-Volume Air Incinerator Manuel S. Barbeito , Larry A. Taylor and Reginald W. Seiders Industrial Health and Safety Office, Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland 21701 ABSTRACT Two semiportable metal air incinerators, each with a capacity of 1,000 to 2,200 standard ft 3 of air per min, were constructed to sterilize infectious aerosols created for investigative work in a microbiological laboratory. Each unit has about the same air-handling capacity as a conventional air incinerator with a brick stack but costs only about one-third as much. The units are unique in that the burner housing and combustion chamber are air-tight and utilize a portion of the contaminated air stream to support combustion of fuel oil. Operation is continuous. Aerosols of liquid and dry suspensions of Bacillus subtilis var. niger spores and dry vegetative cells of Serratia marcescens were disseminated into the two incinerators to determine the conditions required for sterilization of contaminated air. With the latter organisms (concentration 2.03 × 10 7 cells/ft 3 of air), a temperature of 525 F (274 C), measured at the firebox in front of the heat exchanger, was sufficient for sterilization. To sterilize 1.74 × 10 7 and 1.74 × 10 9 wet spores of B. subtilis per ft 3 , the required temperature ranged from 525 to 675 F (274 to 357 C) and 625 to 700 F (329 to 371 C), respectively. Air-sterilization temperature varied with each incinerator. This was because of innate differences of fabrication, different spore concentrations, and use of one or two burners With dry B. subtilis spores (1.86 × 10 8 /ft 3 ), a temperature of 700 F was required for sterilization. With dry spores, no difference was noted in the sterilization temperature for the two incinerators. Copyright © 1968 American Society for Microbiology CiteULike Connotea Delicious Digg Facebook Google+ Mendeley Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter What's this? « Previous | Next Article » Table of Contents This Article Appl. Environ. Microbiol. March 1968 vol. 16 no. 3 490-495 » Abstract PDF Classifications ARTICLE Services Email this article to a colleague Similar articles in ASM journals Alert me when this article is cited Alert me if a correction is posted Similar articles in this journal Similar articles in Web of Science Similar articles in PubMed Alert me to new issues of AEM Download to citation manager Reprints and Permissions Copyright Information Books from ASM Press MicrobeWorld Citing Articles Load citing article information Citing articles via Web of Science Citing articles via Google Scholar Google Scholar Articles by Barbeito, M. S. Articles by Seiders, R. W. Search for related content PubMed PubMed citation Articles by Barbeito, M. S. Articles by Seiders, R. W. Related Content Load related web page information Social Bookmarking CiteULike Connotea Delicious Digg Facebook Google+ Mendeley Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter What's this? current issue December 2011, volume 77, issue 23 Alert me to new issues of AEM About AEM Subscribers Authors Reviewers Advertisers Inquiries from the Press Permissions & Commercial Reprints ASM Journals Public Access Policy AEM RSS Feeds 1752 N Street N.W. • Washington DC 20036 202.737.3600 • 202.942.9355 fax • Print ISSN: 0099-2240 Online ISSN: 1098-5336 Copyright © 2011 by the American Society for Microbiology. For an alternate route to AEM, visit: http://intl- AEM | More Info» var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www."); document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E")); var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-5821458-4"); pageTracker._trackPageview();
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