Modeling of aerosol spray characteristics for synthesis of sensor thin film from solution
Abbreviated Journal Title
Appl. Math. Model.
Spray method; Pressure-swirl atomizer; Droplet size distribution; Solution concentration; Computational modeling; PYROLYSIS; EVAPORATION; DEPOSITION; Engineering, Multidisciplinary; Mathematics, Interdisciplinary; Applications; Mechanics
A model is developed of aerosol spray for synthesis of sensor film from solution. The synthesis technique considered involves atomization of a solution of mixed salts in methanol, spraying of solution droplets, droplet deposition on a heated substrate, evaporation and chemical reaction to produce mixed oxides, and subsequent film growth. The precise control of oxide nanoparticle size distribution and inter-particle spacing in the film is crucial to achieving high sensitivity. These in turn largely depend on the droplet characteristics prior to impingement on the substrate. This paper focuses on the development of a model to describe the atomization and spray processes prior to the film growth. Specifically, a mathematical model is developed utilizing computational fluid dynamics solution of the equations governing the transport of atomized droplets from the nozzle to the substrate in order to predict droplet characteristics in flight. The predictions include spatial distribution of droplet size and concentration, and the effect on these characteristics of swirling inlet flow at the spray nozzle. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Applied Mathematical Modelling
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