§ 86.1339-90Particulate filter handling and weighing.
(a) At least 1 hour before the test, place a filter pair in a closed (to eliminate dust contamination) but unsealed (to permit humidity exchange) petri dish and place in a weighing chamber meeting the specifications of § 86.1312 for stabilization.
(b) At the end of the stabilization period, weigh each filter pair on a balance having a precision of 20 micrograms and a readability of 10 micrograms. This reading is the tare weight of the filter pair and must be recorded (see § 86.1344(e)(18)).
(c) The filter pair shall then be stored in a covered petri dish or a sealed filter holder, either of which shall remain in the weighing chamber until needed for testing.
(d) If the filter pair is not used within 1 hour of its removal from the weighing chamber, it must be re-weighed before use. This limit of 1 hour may be replaced by an 8-hour limit if either of the following three conditions are met:
(1) A stabilized filter pair is placed and kept in a sealed filter holder assembly with the ends plugged; or
(2) A stabilized filter pair is placed in a sealed filter holder assembly, which is then immediately placed in a sample line through which there is no flow; or
(3) A combination of the conditions specified in paragraphs (d) (1) and (2) of this section.
(e) After the emissions test, remove the filters from the filter holder and place them face to face in a covered but unsealed petri dish. They must then be conditioned in the weighing chamber for at least one hour. The filters are then weighed as a pair. This reading is the gross weight of the filters (Pf) and must be recorded (see § 86.1344-90(e)(19)).
(f) The net particulate weight (Pf) on each filter pair is the gross weight minus the tare weight. Should the sample on the filters (exhaust or background) contact the petri dish or any other surface, the test is void and must be rerun.
(g) Static neutralizers shall be used on petri dishes in accordance with good engineering judgement.
(h)This section does not apply for tests conducted according to the provisions of § 86.1312-2007.