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HEPA-CHECK

Filter Challenge Particles


TM

Sales Bulletin 99D


6/01/05

For efficiency and leak testing of in-place HEPA and ULPA filters
Applications:

Manufacturers: Efficiency rating and


certification of filter products

Third-party Testing Services: In-place


verification of filter efficiency and leak
testing in semiconductor and pharmaceutical cleanrooms

End-users: In-place verification of


efficiency and leak testing in your
cleanroom

Advantages:
Particles are non-toxic
Particles will not degrade filter media
No oily residue to contaminate cleanroom
Highly uniform microspheres at
known sizes
Acceptable test materials in IEST and
European Norm standards
State-of-the-art technology
Precision filter integrity testing
Benefits:
Non-flammable and convenient to
transport
Quicker returns to baseline counts than
aerosolized oils
Reliable particle size measurement
and suspension stability
Immediate delivery
Lower cost than buying bulk latex
Easier handling at job site
Convenient to open, dilute, and use
No negative side effects or concerns as
with atomized oils
Consistently controllable and repeatable

Product Description. There is a worldwide growing demand for polystyrene latex*


particles (PSL) by filter manufacturers, end-users and third-party testing services. PSL is
listed as a suitable test material when using particle counters by both the Institute of
Environmental Sciences (IEST) and European Norm (EN) standards.
HEPA-CHECK Filter Challenge Particles are polystyrene latex particles optimized for
performance, aerosolization, safety and economy for both HEPA and ULPA filter testing.
Unlike traditional oil-based filter test materials such as dioctylphthalate (DOP), HEPA-CHECK
does not carry the health risks associated with atomized oils such as dioctylphthalate
(DOP) or other oil-based filter test materials. And due to the clean, oil-free nature of this
ultra-pure water suspension, HEPA-CHECK is ideal for leak testing in-situ filters where the
highest degree of cleanliness is required.
Duke Scientific manufacturers and packages its own polystyrene microspheres for HEPA
and ULPA filter testing so you are ensured a consistently controllable and repeatable
supply of highly uniform, monodisperse particles which meet or exceed efficiency testing
requirements. Each 25 mL bottle is to be diluted in one US gallon (3.79 liters) of clean
water and then nebulized. Nebulizing can be accomplished by using commercially
available ultrasonic humidifiers. Single use bottles ensure reproducible test conditions
from site to site. The product is available in particle sizes traditionally associated with
testing (see reverse) and is sold individually or in convenient packs of 6 or 20 bottles.
*Latex is a general term for a suspension of plastic particles in water.

Product Attributes
Particle Composition:
Sizes(s):
Concentration:

0.12 to 0.30 m nominal diameter (see reverse)


7.5 x 1012 particles per mL

Particle Density:

1.05 g/cm3

Refractive Index:

1.59 @589 nm

Fill Volume:
Content:
Expiration Date:
Additives:
Package Includes:

Mean diameter of these particles is determined by


photon Correlation Spectroscopy (PCS)

Polystyrene

Storage & Handling:

25 mL
Polystyrene Microspheres in Water
> 24 months
Trace surfactant to inhibit agglomeration
and promote stability
Material Safety Data Sheet
Product Insert Sheet
Refrigerate when not in use, do not freeze.
Store upright and keep bottle tightly sealed.

HEPA-CHECK Filter Challenge Particles


TM

Sales Bulletin 99D

6/01/05

For efficiency and leak testing of in-place HEPA and ULPA filters
Ordering Information
Bottle
HF12
HF14
HF17
HF20
HF22
HF26
HF30

Catalog Number
Pack
(6 Bottles)
HF12-PK
HF14-PK
HF17-PK
HF20-PK
HF22-PK
HF26-PK
HF30-PK

Box
(20 Bottles)
HF12-BX
HF14-BX
HF17-BX
HF20-BX
HF22-BX
HF26-BX
HF30-BX

Mean Diameter
(m)

Size Uniformity
(CV*)

0.12
0.14
0.17
0.20
0.22
0.26
0.30

<
_ 5%
<
_ 5%
<
_ 5%
<
_ 5%
<
_ 5%
<
_ 5%
<
_ 5%

*The coefficient of variation (CV) is expressed as the standard deviation as a percentage of the mean diameter.

Applications
Efficiency Testing
Filter efficiency is determined by challenging a
HEPA / ULPA filter with a monodisperse aerosol
and measuring the aerosol concentration both
upstream and downstream to calculate the
percentage removed by the filter.

Leak Testing
Filter leak testing is performed to verify that
the HEPA/ ULPA filters were installed properly
and are absent of any gasket bypass and free
of pinhole leaks. The downstream sample port
is moveable in order to scan the filter to determine the location of any leaks.

All products are manufactured and packaged at


our ISO 9001:2000 registered facility in Palo Alto.
Please feel free to contact our technical service
department if you have any questions about these
products or have a special material requirement
not listed here.
Check our website for the most current size information on our products.
Due to minor variations between batches, mean
diameters may change slightly from batch to
batch.
LIMITED WARRANTY: These products are intended
for laboratory research use by trained scientific
personnel. Determination of their suitability for
specific end use is solely the responsibility of the
user, who assumes all liability for loss or damage
arising out of the use of the product. Duke
Scientific Corporation's warranty is limited to
replacement of defective products if returned with
our authorization within 60 days of purchase date.

The semiconductor industry typically specifies PSL


when testing filters in cleanrooms. Pharmaceutical
companies have traditionally used aerosolized oil,
but many are switching to monodisperse PSL
suspension such as Hepa-Check.

Duke Scientific Corporation


2463 Faber Place, P. O. Box 50005
Palo Alto, California 94303
800-334-3883 or 650-424-1177
Fax: 650-424-1158
www.dukescientific.com
Technical Support: info@dukesci.com

When using a monodispersed PSL challenge is


implemented, actual filter and system efficiencies
can be verified during testing.

Comparison of Test Materials


Test Material

Uniformity

Flammable

Health risk

Sodium Chloride
DOP oil
Other approved oils
Burning Wire
Uncharacterized PSL
HEPA-CHECKTM

Uniform
Uniform to disperse
Uniform to disperse
Disperse
Uniform to disperse
Monodisperse*

No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No

Unknown
Yes
Unknown
Yes
No
No

Degrading to
filter material
Mildly
Highly
Highly
Highly
No
No

* Monodisperse: particles with a very narrow size distribution. Usually with less than a 5% relative standard
deviation. When using monodisperse particles, actual filter and system efficiencies can be verified during
testing.

For information on the sizing techniques used, please see Technical note TN-002 Calibration of Spherical Particles
by Light Scattering. For information on dispersing particles in air and manufactures of aerosol equipment,
please see Technical note TN-003 Dispersing Microspheres in Air.