Wake Capture, Particle Breakup, and Other Artifacts Associated with Counterflow Virtual Impaction
Author(s)Pekour, Mikhail S.; Cziczo, Daniel James
MetadataShow full item record
Counterflow virtual impaction is used to inertially separate cloud elements from inactivated aerosol. Previous airborne, ground-based, and laboratory studies using this technique exhibit artifacts that are not fully explained by the impaction theory. We have performed laboratory studies that show small particles can be carried across the inertial barrier of the counterflow by collision and/or coalescence or riding the wake of larger particles with sufficient inertia. We have also performed theoretical calculations to show that aerodynamic forces associated with the requisite acceleration and deceleration of particles within a counterflow virtual impactor can lead to breakup. The implication of these processes on studies using this technique is discussed.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Aerosol Science and Technology
Taylor & Francis
Pekour, Mikhail S., and Daniel J. Cziczo. “Wake Capture, Particle Breakup, and Other Artifacts Associated with Counterflow Virtual Impaction.” Aerosol Science and Technology 45.6 (2011): 758–764.
Author's final manuscript