Mingchun He, Zhongyang Luo , Mengshi Lu, Shuxin Liu, Mengxiang Fang

State Key Laboratory of Clean Energy Utilization, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China

Received: September 22, 2018
Revised: May 5, 2019
Accepted: September 3, 2019
Download Citation: ||https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2018.08.0306  

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He, M., Luo, Z., Lu, M., Liu, S. and Fang, M. (2019). Effects of Acoustic and Pulse Corona Discharge Coupling Field on Agglomeration and Removal of Coal-fired Fine Particles. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 19: 2585-2596. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2018.08.0306


  • Studies of the coupling field of pulse corona discharge and acoustic wave.
  • The coupling model of fine particles agglomeration was proposed.
  • Large amounts of fine particles agglomerate into larger ones.
  • The coupling field has greatly improved the ESP collection efficiency.
  • The influencing rule of important parameters are analyzed.


Fine particles from coal-fired power plants are harmful to human health and the atmosphere. Traditional electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) exhibit low efficiency in removing such particles. By contrast, pulsed corona discharge and high-intensity acoustic waves are effective pretreatment methods by which fine particles can be agglomerated into larger particles. Coupling these two fields can enhance the agglomeration process. In this study, a laboratory-scale experimental setup was established to investigate the agglomeration and efficient removal of fine particles. According to the results, application of the coupling field increased the median particle diameter (D50) and agglomeration ratio (Rae) compared with use of a single field. Under the coupling field approach, when pulse input and acoustic wave parameters were 55 kV–100 Hz and 143 dB–1600 Hz, respectively, D50 and Rae reached 73.28 µm and 9.18, respectively, and numerous fine particles agglomerated into large particles that could be removed using an ESP. Furthermore, the overall efficiency of removing fine particles increased to 98.3% under optimal conditions compared with the 80.7% efficiency exhibited when pretreatment was not applied.

Keywords: Coupling field; Agglomeration ratio; Particulate matter; Electrostatic precipitator.

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