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Open Access Charged Particle Trajectory Statistics and Deposition in a Turbulent Channel Flow

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The statistical properties of charged particles and their wall deposition in a turbulent channel flow in the presence of an electrostatic field is studied in this paper. For a dilute concentration, the influence of small particles on the fluid motion is neglected. The instantaneous velocity field is generated by a direct numerical simulation of the Navier-Stokes equation via a pseudospectral method. The case in which each particle carries a single unit of charge and the case in which the particles have a saturation charge distribution are analyzed. Ensembles of 8192 particle trajectories are used for evaluating various statistics. Effects of size and electric field intensity on particle trajectory statistics and wall deposition rate are studied. RMS particle velocities and particle concentrations at different distances from the wall are evaluated and discussed. The results for deposition rates are compared with those obtained from empirical equations.

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Publication date: 1999-08-01

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