Modification of gas flow by charged particles

Roger J. Peterson, Jane H. Davidson

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The effect of micron-diameter charged particles on gas flow characteristics in an uniform electric field is experimentally investigated in a rectangular duct at 0.8 m/s and flow Reynolds number of 2600. Particles are uniformly distributed in the flow at 10-5 kg/m3. Hot-film measurements of streamwise gas flow characteristics, including mean velocity, turbulence intensity, and energy spectra, of a particle-free flow are compared to those of the gas-particle flow. Effects of uncharged particles and charged particles subject to no electric field and 5.5 kV/cm are evaluated. Results show that at these concentrations, charged particles do not modify the gas flow. Comparison of test conditions to particle concentrations at the exit of industrial electrostatic precipitators indicates that charged particle induced turbulence is also negligible in these devices. Efforts to reduce electrically generated turbulence in precipitators should continue to focus on control of the ionic body force acting on the gas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1513-1518
Number of pages6
JournalConference Record - IAS Annual Meeting (IEEE Industry Applications Society)
StatePublished - Dec 1 1994
EventProceedings of the 29th IAS Annual Meeting. Part 3 (of 3) - Denver, CO, USA
Duration: Oct 2 1994Oct 5 1994


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