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Published February 1983 | public
Journal Article

Theory of Aerosol Formation and Growth in Laminar Flow


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 aerosol formation and growth in a laminar flow cooled pipe, 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 in such systems is explored in detail, The theory developed has application to the design and analysis of aerosol generators and continuous flow condensation nuclei counters.

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© 1983 by Academic Press, Inc. Received March 1, 1982; accepted July 6, 1982. This work was supported by National Science Foundation Grant PFR76-04179 and U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Grant R806844. The authors gratefully acknowledge the important contributions of M. K. Alam.

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