Direct numerical simulation of nanoparticle coagulation in a two -dimensional mixing layer is performed. A sectional model is used to discretize the particulate field resulting in a set of coupled non-linear partial differential equations each representing the concentration of particles of a particular size. The advantage of this approach is that it provides a robust mathematical framework for considering the particulate field as a function of space, time, and size with no a priori assumptions. The spatio-temporal evolution of the particulate field is visualized via the mean particle diameter and also in a size-specific manner.
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This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under grant ACI-9982274. Computing resources were provided by the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute and Digital Technology Center.
- Direct numerical simulation
- General dynamic equation
- Mixing layer
- Sectional method