Single drop particle scavenging was experimentally measured for a non-evaporating drop using an ultrasonic levitation technique. This technique enabled measurements of scavenging efficiency, E, for individual drops, and allowed for control of drop axis ratio, α, drop shape oscillations, and Reynolds number, Re, independently from drop diameter. Non-evaporating drops were used which resulted in essentially zero temperature and vapor concentration difference between the drop surface and the surrounding air, virtually eliminating the possibility of confounding phoretic effects. Plots of E versus Stokes number, Stk, became independent of α when Stk was calculated using the Sauter mean diameter (as opposed to the equivolume diameter). Furthermore, E was shown to be insensitive to both Re and drop shape oscillations, suggesting that wake effects do not have a measurable impact on E. Finally, a method was developed to relate E for spherical drops, which are assumed for existing scavenging model predictions, to E for arbitrarily deformed drops, such as those occurring in rain. Of note, these are the first measurements of droplet scavenging using ultrasonic levitation.
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