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Construction of a photocatalytic de-polluting field site in the Leopold II tunnel in Brussels

Abstract : Within the framework of the European Life-F-funded project PhotoPAQ (Demonstration of Photocatalytic remediation Processes on Air Quality), which was aimed at demonstrating the effectiveness of photocatalytic coating materials on a realistic scale, a photocatalytic de-polluting field site was set up in the Leopold II tunnel in Brussels, Belgium. For that purpose, photocatalytic cementitious materials were applied on the side walls and ceiling of selected test sections inside a one-way tunnel tube. This article presents the configuration of the test sections used and the preparation and implementation of the measuring campaigns inside the Leopold II tunnel. While emphasizing on how to implement measuring campaigns under such conditions, difficulties encountered during these extensive field campaigns are presented and discussed. This included the severe de-activation observed for the investigated material under the polluted tunnel conditions, which was revealed by additional laboratory experiments on photocatalytic samples that were exposed to tunnel air. Finally, recommendations for future applications of photocatalytic building materials inside tunnels are given. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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E. Boonen, V. Akylas, F. Barmpas, L. Bottalico, A. Boreave, et al.. Construction of a photocatalytic de-polluting field site in the Leopold II tunnel in Brussels. Journal of Environmental Management, Elsevier, 2015, 155, pp.136-144. ⟨10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.03.001⟩. ⟨hal-01172529⟩



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