Measured deposition of aerosol particles on a two-dimensional ribbed surface in a turbulent duct flow

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1201-1214
Journal / PublicationJournal of Aerosol Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999
Externally publishedYes


Neutron activatable tracer-labelled particles were used to study the aerosol deposition for both smooth and ribbed surfaces of a duct under turbulent flow conditions. Spatial distribution of aerosol deposition along the horizontal upward-facing ribbed surface was experimentally determined. For four particle sizes in the range 0.7-7.1 μm, pronounced aerosol deposition was observed on the frontal and top surfaces of the ribs, and particle deposition enhancement, on the ribbed surfaces relative to a smooth surface, as high as seven times was observed. The presence of repeated square ribs on the duct surface caused a pressure increment of 3.2, relative to a smooth duct. Efficiency ratios (pressure drop-weighted aerosol deposition enhancement) greater than unity were evaluated for the four particle sizes studied.