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Journal Article 
Evaluation of the condensed Carbon Bond (CB-IV) mechanism against smog chamber data at low VOC and NOx concentrations 
Simonaitis, R; Meagher, JF; Bailey, EM 
Atmospheric Environment
ISSN: 1352-2310
EISSN: 1873-2844 
The condensed Carbon Bond mechanism (CB-IV) has been evaluated against smog chamber data obtained under conditions representative of urban air. A synthetic urban VOC mixture was studied at NOx concentrations ranging from 25 to 167 ppb and VOC/NOx ratios ranging From 2.7 to 10. The results indicate that the mechanism underpredicts the rates of O-3 formation and NO oxidation by peroxy radicals by 15-30%. The maximum ozone concentration for VOC/NOx ratios of 8-10 was underpredicted by only about 10%. At lower VOC/NOx ratios the maximum amount of ozone formed is underpredicted by about 30%; however, an ozone concentration maximum is not always obtained. PAN is severely underpredicted (60-90%). Measured formaldehyde concentrations are in good agreement with the calculated concentrations. The individual hydrocarbons ethene and propene were also studied under similar conditions and the performance of the CB-IV mechanism for these compounds was tested. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd 
carbon bond mechanism; evaluation of photochemical smog mechanism; smog chamber; ozone; reactivity