Cheng-Hsiung Huang 1, Chuen-Jinn Tsai2

  • 1 Department of Environmental Engineering and Health, Yuanpei Institute of Science and Technology, No. 306 Yuanpei St., 300 Hsinchu, Taiwan, ROC
  • 2 Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, No, 75, Poai St., 300 Hsinchu, Taiwan, ROC

Received: May 31, 2002
Revised: May 31, 2002
Accepted: May 31, 2002
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Huang, C.H. and Tsai, C.J. (2002). The Particle Collection Efficiency Curves by the Porous Substrate of an Inertial Impactor. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 2: 1-8.



This work numerically studied particle collection efficiency curves as a function of aerodynamic particle diameter by the porous substrate of an inertial impactor. The simulation was conducted for different Reynolds numbers based on nozzle diameter (Re), resistance factors of porous substrate (K) and nozzle diameters of the inertial impactor (W). The results show that average flow velocity inside the porous substrate is low for a particle starting from the position close to the centerline leading to a small inertial force. The collection efficiency curves of the inertial impactor with porous substrate are less sharp for the case of higher Re and lower K than the case of lower Re and higher K. This phenomenon occurs because more air penetrates into the porous substrate when Re is large and K is small, resulting in higher particle collection efficiency. The cutoff aerodynamic diameter, dp50, of the impactor with porous substrate decreases with increasing Re, decreasing K and decreasing W. Ultrafine particle loss in the porous substrate can be important. For example, the particle loss of a three-stage cascade inertial impactor with porous substrate increases to 16.5% for particles with an aerodynamic diameter of 0.01 μm due to the diffusion mechanism when K = 568,000 cm-2 and Q = 2 L/min.

Keywords: Collection efficiency curve; Inertial impactor; Porous substrate

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