Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Study on effect of charge on inertial particle motion in turbulence by using holographic particle tracking velocimetry
by Yang, Fan, M.S., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2014, 110; 1567072
Abstract (Summary)

Particles in turbulence flows, either natural or artificial, can be charged. According to the previous research, electrical charge on particles has an influence on both rain enhancement and particle clustering in turbulent flow. Due to the Lorenz effect of unipolar or bipolar charged particles, particles tend to attract or repel to each other. Moreover, it is well known that electrical field exists in the atmosphere that has an effect on charged particles, especially droplets. As a result, the dynamic behaviors of charged particles can be rather different from uncharged particles, which, to date, are not systematically studied yet.

In order to systematically investigate the charged particles, we developed a method involving holographic particle tracking velocimetry (HPTV) technique to study the kinetic behavior of charged particles in flow. Theoretical analysis was also carried out to correlate kinetic behavior of particles and charge amount on them. This thesis also validated the feasibility of this method. The results of the validation experiment show that this method is capable to measure the velocity and acceleration of particles. By means of the second-order polynomial regression of particles' motion, the average acceleration, initial position and initial velocity of particles were obtained. With the mathematical model of a product of two normally distributed variables, the error bounds in measurement of particle kinetics can be acquired. Therefore, combining with the electrical field and diameter range of particles, we can quantitatively study the dynamic behavior of charged particles in flow.

In order to verify this, some experiments were designed and performed. We applied this method to quantitatively measure the behavior of particles to acquire the charge amount on particles from an enclosed chamber used in turbulence experiments. The result showed that although the charge amount was very low, most particles were charged with positive charge in the enclosed chamber. This result agreed with the triboelectric effect theory that in the friction with PVC tube, glass bubble particles prefer to lose electron and show positive charge. We also studied the effect of fan speed and material on charge amount on particles. Our results show that, by means of changing the material of tube, particle charge level is reduced, although more theoretical and experimental research should be carried out to confirm this conclusion.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Liang, Zach
Commitee: Felske, James D., Meng, Hui
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mechanical engineering, Molecular physics
Keywords: Aerosol, Charge, Enclosed chamber, HPTV, Measurement, Particle
Publication Number: 1567072
ISBN: 978-1-321-26632-0
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