A model for kinetically controlled internal phase segregation during aerosol coagulation

H. Struchtrup, M. Luskin, M. R. Zachariah

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In previous studies of particle growth, we have synthesized binary metal oxide aerosols and have observed the evolution of internal phase segregation during growth of molten nanodroplets. We describe a new formulation of the aerosol general dynamic equation (GDE) that incorporates phase segregation in a binary aerosol. The model assumes that complete phase segregation is the thermodynamically favored state, that no thermodynamic activation energy exists, and that the segregation process is kinetically controlled. We develop a GDE formulation that involves the solution of a distribution function Nn(V), where Nn(V) is the number density of aerosols with volume V and n phase domains (which we might think of as enclosures). The GDE is solved using a two-dimensional sectional model, under the assumption that the phase coalescence of the minority phase is controlled by Brownian coagulation. For the purposes of these initial studies, the rate laws governing the enclosures (minority phase) assume a monodisperse particle size distribution. The dynamical behavior of such a system is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1479-1504
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Aerosol Science
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2001


  • Coagulation
  • General dynamic equation
  • Metal oxides
  • Phase segregation


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