Experimental characterization of aerosol flow through a micro-capillary

Zakaria Mahmud, Justin M. Hoey, Artur Lutfurakhmanov, Jason Daugs, Orven F. Swenson, Douglas L. Schulz, Iskander S. Akhatov

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Abstract

Aerosol flow through a long and tapered micro-capillary (MC) for direct write (DW) technology is typically used with small particles of sizes ranging from 0.2 μm to 10 μm at velocities up to 100 m/s. Earlier research showed that the particles coming through a long MC experience Saffman force that moves the particles towards the center of the beam other than the geometric convergence (due to Stokes drag); thus creating a collimated aerosol beam. It was also established that the additional Saffman force becomes more effective with certain particle diameters and velocities. Therefore, for experimental validation, it is important to accurately measure the particle size distribution and velocities coming out of the long MC. However, the current sizing methods are incapable of measuring particles less than 5 μm due to optical limitations. The current paper presents results using a micro-shadowgraphy system from LaVision Inc. to characterize the flow field. A modification of the particle-sizing algorithm is proposed to measure particles of sub-micron sizes. The modified algorithm can be used to accurately size particles of 1μm diameter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2010 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels Collocated with 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, ICNMM2010
Pages949-958
Number of pages10
EditionPARTS A AND B
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventASME 2010 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, ICNMM2010 Collocated with 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 1 Aug 20105 Aug 2010

Publication series

NameASME 2010 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels Collocated with 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, ICNMM2010
NumberPARTS A AND B

Conference

ConferenceASME 2010 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, ICNMM2010 Collocated with 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period1/08/105/08/10

Keywords

  • Aerosol
  • Direct-Write
  • Focusing
  • Micro-shadowgraphy

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