Direct numerical simulation of nanoparticle coagulation in a temporal mixing layer via a moment method

N. Settumba, S. C. Garrick

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Direct numerical simulations of coagulating aerosols in two-dimensional, incompressible, iso-thermal mixing layers are performed. The evolution of the particle field is obtained by utilizing a moment method to approximate the aerosol general dynamic equation. We use a moment method which assumes a lognormal function for the particle size distribution and requires the knowledge of only the first three moments. This approach is advantageous in that the number of equations which are solved is greatly reduced. A Damköhler number is defined to represent the ratio of convection to coagulation time scales. Simulations are performed for three flows: Damköhler numbers of 0.2, 1, and 2. The spatio-temporal evolution of the first three moments along with the mean diameter and standard deviation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-167
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Aerosol Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003

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Funding Information:
This research is supported through the DURINT program under grant DAAD 19-01-1-0503 by the Army Research Office. Computational resources are provided by the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute for Digital Simulation and Advanced Computation.

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  • Coagulation
  • Direct numerical simulation
  • Moment method
  • Nanoparticles
  • Turbulence

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