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Size dependence of the ratio of aerosol coagulation to deposition rates for indoor aerosols

Size dependence of the ratio of aerosol coagulation to deposition rates for indoor aerosols
Author:

M. Yu, A.J. Koivisto, K. Hämeri, M. Seipenbusch

Source:

Aerosol Science and Technology, 2013, 47, 427–434

A thorough understanding of the importance of aerosol coag- ulation and deposition relative to each other as modifiers of the particle size distribution plays an important role in the proper selection of conditions to estimate the deposition rate coefficient. In this work, a theoretical analysis was conducted for investigating the size-resolved ratio of coagulation to deposition for different types of size distributions using the Simpson integral method. The theoretical model was subsequently qualitatively validated by experiments in a completely mixed and ventilated aerosol chamber. Both experimental and theoretical studies show that the ratio of the rates of coagulation to deposition is strongly dependent on the total particle number concentration and the geometric mean diameter of the aerosol. A variation of the ratio of coagulation to deposition by several orders of magnitude for aerosols with differing size distributions was found. Thus the previously employed criterion for the negligence of coagulation based solely on the total particle number concentration was shown to be insufficient to accurately judge whether an aerosol is suited for the estimation of the deposition rate coefficient. Aerosols with wide size distributions are not recommended for use in the estimation of the deposition rate coefficient. The study provides a method to understand the role of coagulation and deposition for indoor aerosols.