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Measurements of Air Jet Removal Efficiencies of Spherical Particles from Cloth and Planar Surfaces



Robert A. Fletcher, Nathanael Briggs, Erin Ferguson, J Greg Gillen


Experiments were conducted to determine particle removal efficiencies from surfaces due to air jet impingement. We utilize monodisperse fluorescent polymer spheres ranging from 1 μm to 45 μm diameter distributed on polycarbonate surfaces and muslin cloth. Particle removal efficiencies are determined from cloth that simulates clothing or fabrics, surfaces important for trace explosives detection. Optical images of the sample surface are taken using a fluorescence microscope (488nmradiation) before and after being challenged by a pulsed air or nitrogen jet. The jet is oriented at 45 degrees with respect to the particle laden substrate and is precisely aligned onto the center of the optical axis of the microscope. Particle removal rates are determined by automated particle counting implemented by image processing and analysis.We found that the cloth surface has a release rate comparable to the rate for polycarbonate surface under similar jet conditions. As expected, there is a particle size dependence on removal efficiency, with larger particles being more easily removed.
Aerosol Science and Technology


Fletcher, R. , Briggs, N. , Ferguson, E. and Gillen, J. (2008), Measurements of Air Jet Removal Efficiencies of Spherical Particles from Cloth and Planar Surfaces, Aerosol Science and Technology, [online], (Accessed April 22, 2024)
Created November 30, 2008, Updated October 12, 2021