Effect of fiber orientation on fiber wetting processes

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Title Effect of fiber orientation on fiber wetting processes
Author Mullins, Benjamin James; Agranovski, Igor E; Braddock, Roger David; Ho, Chi M.
Year Published 2004
Place of publication San Diego, CA USA
Abstract The current work incorporates a microscopic study of the effect of fiber orientation on the fiber wetting process and flow of liquid droplets along filter fibers when subjected to airflow and gravity forces. Glass filter fibers in various combinations were oriented at various angles within a plane defined by the airflow direction and were supplied with distilled water in aerosol form. The behavior and flow of the liquid collected by the fibers were observed and measured using a specially developed microscope cell, detailed in the paper. The experimental results were compared to a theoretical model developed to describe the behavior. The theory and experimental results showed good agreement. The developed theory allows an optimum angle to be determined for the internal filter fiber structure in the design of wet filters. A sensitivity analysis of the model was conducted to determine the most important parameters. This will aid design of wet filtration systems such that maximal self-cleaning can be accomplished with minimal water use.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/622861/description#description
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0021-9797(03)00729-X
Copyright Statement Copyright 2004 Elsevier : Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher : This journal is available online
Volume 269
Page from 449
Page to 458
ISSN 0021-9797
Date Accessioned 2005-03-30
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Subject PRE2009-Science & Technology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/5222
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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