Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Model description paper
02 Feb 2021
Model description paper |  | 02 Feb 2021

PyCHAM (v2.1.1): a Python box model for simulating aerosol chambers

Simon Patrick O'Meara, Shuxuan Xu, David Topping, M. Rami Alfarra, Gerard Capes, Douglas Lowe, Yunqi Shao, and Gordon McFiggans

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User-friendly and open-source software for simulating aerosol chambers is a valuable tool for research scientists in designing and analysing their experiments. This paper describes a new version of such software and will therefore provide a useful reference for those applying it. Central to the paper is an assessment of the software's accuracy through comparison against previously published simulations.