Influence of sorption area ratio and test method on formaldehyde reduction performance for sorptive building materials

Hoon Kim*, Shin Ichi Tanabe

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Sorptive materials can be used to improve the air quality by adsorbing harmful chemicals and other pollutants in indoor air. This study aims to (1) investigate the differences in the reduction performance values with changes in surface area ratios of sorptive materials for the two test methods (constant concentration supplying method and emission material method, hereinafter CCSM and EMM); (2) discuss whether the sorption flux "Fs" and equivalent ventilation rate "Qeq", which are two ways of representing the results, can accurately represent the reduction performance; and (3) suggest a method for compensating for disparities between the two test methods. Under the standard sorption area condition, CCSM yielded Fs with higher performance than EMM. The evaluation using Fs gave more advantage to a smaller sorption area condition, and CCSM was less influenced by the area than EMM. Changes in the area ratios resulted in changes in F s, but Qeq was less affected. However, for an identical area ratio condition, Fs resulted in steady values, while Q eq fluctuated owing to subtle changes in chamber concentrations. Compensation using the HBF (Hoetjer-Berge-Fujii) equation could improve EMM performance value and thus reduce the disparity between the two methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-182
Number of pages8
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov 15


  • Area ratio
  • Chamber test
  • Formaldehyde
  • Indoor air quality
  • Reduction performance
  • Sorptive building material

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)


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