Removing dust from confined air volumes - A toy model

T. R.Krishna Mohan, Surajit Sen, Masami Nakagawa

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Most environments inhabited by living beings have dust. Much of that dust comes from the continuous flaking of our own skin and atmosphere borne particles of submicron size. Dust mites seem to play an important role in integrating fine scale dust, which they consume to grow, resulting in larger length scale dust. Dust continues to agglomerate and grow. Air filters are designed to remove dust and control dust agglomeration. We report a simple scaling law, based on kinematic simulations of dust filtration through a one dimensional idealized filter. The results reveal insights regarding how filters may clog in time. Our results may be of use to someone interested in designing customized air filters for optimum dust removal in an environment with a known dust distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event34th International Conference on Environmental Systems, ICES 2004 - Colorado Springs, CO, United States
Duration: Jul 19 2004Jul 22 2004


Other34th International Conference on Environmental Systems, ICES 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityColorado Springs, CO

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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