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Nano-particle deposition in the presence of electric field

Talebizadeh Sardari, Pouyan; Rahimzadeh, Hassan; Ahmadi, Goodarz; Giddings, Donald


Hassan Rahimzadeh

Goodarz Ahmadi


The dispersion and deposition of nano-particles in laminar flows in the presence of an electric field were studied. The Eulerian-Lagrangian particle tracking method was used to simulate nano-particle motions under the one-way coupling assumption. For nano-particles in the size range of 5–200 nm, in addition to the Brownian excitation, the electrostatic and gravitational forces were included in the analysis. Different charging mechanisms including field and diffusion charging as well as the Boltzmann charge distributions were investigated. The simulation methodology was first validated for Brownian and electrostatic forces. For the combined field and diffusion charging, the simulation results showed that in the presence of an electric field of 10 kV/m, the electrostatic force dominates the Brownian effects. However, when the electric field was 1 kV/m, the Brownian motion strongly affected the particle dispersion and deposition processes. For the electric field intensity of 1 kV/m, for 10 nm and 100 nm particles, the deposition efficiencies for the combined effects of electrostatic and Brownian motion were, respectively, about 27% and 161.2% higher than the case in the absence of electric field. Furthermore, particles with the Boltzmann charge distribution had the maximum deposition for 20 nm particles.


Talebizadeh Sardari, P., Rahimzadeh, H., Ahmadi, G., & Giddings, D. (2018). Nano-particle deposition in the presence of electric field. Journal of Aerosol Science, 126, 169-179.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 22, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 25, 2018
Publication Date Dec 1, 2018
Deposit Date Dec 18, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 26, 2020
Journal Journal of Aerosol Science
Print ISSN 0021-8502
Electronic ISSN 1879-1964
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 126
Pages 169-179
Keywords General Materials Science; Pollution; Environmental Chemistry
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