Computational fluid dynamics simulation of aerosol transport and deposition

Yingjie Tang, Bing Guo

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In this article computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of aerosol transport and deposition, i. e. the transport and deposition of particles in an aerosol, is reviewed. The review gives a brief account of the basics of aerosol mechanics, followed by a description of the general CFD approach for flow field simulation, turbulence modeling, wall treatments and simulation of particle motion and deposition. Then examples from the literature are presented, including CFD simulation of particle deposition in human respiratory tract and particle deposition in aerosol devices. CFD simulation of particle transport and deposition may provide information that is difficult to obtain through physical experiments, and it may help reduce the number of experiments needed for device design. Due to the difficulty of describing turbulent flow and particle-eddy interaction, turbulent dispersion of particles remains one of the greatest challenges for CFD simulation. However, it is possible to take a balanced approach toward quantitative description of aerosol dispersion using CFD simulation in conjunction with empirical relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-377
Number of pages16
JournalFrontiers of Environmental Science and Engineering in China
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • aerosol
  • computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • deposition
  • transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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