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Aerosol Formation and Growth in Laminar Flow


Pesthy, Andrew John (1983) Aerosol Formation and Growth in Laminar Flow. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/X6ZW-RA12.


A detailed theoretical analysis of aerosol nucleation and growth in laminar flow, including the important aspects of mass and energy transfer and aerosol size distribution dynamics, is presented. Simulations of dibutyl phthalate aerosol formation and growth in a laminar flow cooled tube, in the presence and absence of seed particles, are carried out using the classical and Lothe-Pound theories of homogeneous nucleation. The competition between new particle formation and vapor growth onto seed particles is explored in detail. The mathematical model is compared to experimental measurements of aerosol volume distribution and dibutyl phthalate mass balance for a laminar flow cooled tube without seed particles. The model with Lothe-Pound theory shows fair agreement with the mass balance data, but over-predicts the total aerosol number concentration by four orders of magnitude.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Chemical Engineering
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Major Option:Chemical Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Seinfeld, John H.
Thesis Committee:
  • Flagan, Richard C. (chair)
  • Gavalas, George R.
  • Cass, Glen Rowan
  • Seinfeld, John H.
Defense Date:16 April 1982
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-09062006-080949
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Deposited On:18 Sep 2006
Last Modified:21 Dec 2019 01:23

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