A novel bipolar charger for submicron aerosol particles using carbon fiber ionizers

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Author(s)

  • Bangwoo Han
  • Neelakshi Hudda
  • Hak-Joon Kim
  • Yong-Jin Kim
  • Constantinos Sioutas

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-294
Journal / PublicationJournal of Aerosol Science
Volume40
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

A simple and novel bipolar charging device using carbon fiber ionizers was developed to neutralize submicron aerosol particles without the generation of ozone. The ion currents of the positive and negative ions generated by carbon fiber ionizers were so chosen as to optimize particle neutralization. The particle penetration, charging probability and charge distribution resulting from the charger were investigated and compared to those from a Kr-85 radioactive neutralizer for the particles in the size range of 20-120 nm. Size distributions for various laboratory-generated aerosols (sodium chloride, ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulfate and glutaric acid) neutralized by the charger were also investigated and compared to those obtained without neutralization. Particle penetration in the charger was over 90% for particles larger than 20 nm. Charging probability and charge distribution for the charger were in good agreement with those from Kr-85 neutralizer and with theoretical estimations. Size distributions observed for the charger and Kr-85 neutralizer were also in good agreement for particles of different concentrations and various chemical compositions. The newly developed bipolar carbon fiber charger can neutralize submicron particles, at least as effectively as currently available radioactive neutralizers and with negligible ozone generation which is its major advantage. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Aerosol, Bipolar charging, Carbon fiber, Ozone, Submicron

Citation Format(s)

A novel bipolar charger for submicron aerosol particles using carbon fiber ionizers. / Han, Bangwoo; Hudda, Neelakshi; Ning, Zhi et al.
In: Journal of Aerosol Science, Vol. 40, No. 4, 04.2009, p. 285-294.

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