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A Numerical Investigation of Aerosol Dynamics in a Wall-Less Reactor



D M. Kremer, R W. Davis, Elizabeth F. Moore, S H. Ehrman


This paper describes a numerical investigation of aerosol formation during silane decomposition in a wall-less reactor. The wall-less reactor is amenable to numerical investigation because the homogeneous chemical reactions leading to the formation of solid particles are isolated from heterogeneous effects, such as occur at the walls of a laminar flow aerosol reactor. The flow/heat transfer and gas-phase chemical kinetics are simulated utilizing separate one-way coupled models. The aerosol dynamics model is based on a simplified sectional model originally developed by Okuyama et al. This model is modified to allow for the simulation of particle growth via condensation. Simulations have been performed which indicate that particle growth via condensation may be an important process. Additionally, the effects of total reactor pressure, temperature and inlet silane concentration on the dynamics of the aerosol population have been investigated. Conditions which result in the formation of larger and more numerous particles have been identified.
Chemical Engineering Science
No. 5


aerosol dynamics, chemical reactors, numerical modeling, reacting flow, silane decomposition


Kremer, D. , Davis, R. , Moore, E. and Ehrman, S. (2004), A Numerical Investigation of Aerosol Dynamics in a Wall-Less Reactor, Chemical Engineering Science (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created February 29, 2004, Updated October 12, 2021