Dynamic behavior of condensation and evaporation of polydisperse volatile aerosols

T. H. Tsang, S. M. Cook, Maureen E. Marra

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It is demonstrated that, at room temperature and relatively low supersaturation, Stefan flow is relatively unimportant for condensational growth and evaporation of polydisperse volatile aerosols. Nevertheless, the latent heat effect on droplet temperature must be calculated as the use of isothermal condition may overpredict the growth or evaporation process by orders of magnitude in total aerosol mass. For nonisothermal Ostwald ripening process, the latent heat involved in the condensation/evaporation process creates a time delay effect on the asymptotic behavior of aerosol. Yet the aerosol system behaves according to the classical theory of Lifshitz, Slyozov, and Wagner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-398
Number of pages13
JournalAerosol Science and Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1990

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (CBT-8504377). M. E. Marra was in the R.E.U. program supported by NSF.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Pollution


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