Modeling and simulation of titania formation and growth in temporal mixing layers

G. Wang, S. C. Garrick

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Direct numerical simulation of the formation and growth of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in two-dimensional, temporal mixing layers is performed. Titania is produced by the gas-phase hydrolysis of titanium tetrachloride at a temperature of 300 K. The flow field is obtained by solving the Navier-Stokes equations and evolution of the particle field is obtained via a nodal method. The approach approximates the aerosol general dynamic equation and is advantageous in that there are no a priori assumptions regarding the nature of the particle size distribution. The formation and growth of particles up to and including 128 nm in diameter in iso-thermal flows are studied. Simulations are performed for two initial reactant concentration levels. The evolution of the particle field as a function of space, time and size is presented. Results indicate that particle formation and growth is mixing limited and particles grow faster with increasing initial reactant levels. Additionally, the results indicate rather large geometric standard deviations that vary significantly throughout the computational domain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-451
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Aerosol Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2006

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Army High Performance Computing Research Center under the auspices of Department of the Army, Army Research Laboratory cooperative agreement number DAAD 19-01-2-0014, the content of which does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the government, and no official endorsement should be inferred.


  • Brownian coagulation
  • Direct numerical simulation
  • Nanoparticles
  • Navier-Stokes
  • Nodal method
  • Titania

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