Fluid-kinetic modelling for respiratory aerosols with variable size and temperature

Abstract : In this paper, we propose a coupled fluid-kinetic model taking into account the radius growth of aerosol particles due to humidity in the respiratory system. We aim to numerically investigate the impact of hygroscopic effects on the particle behaviour. The air flow is described by the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations, and the aerosol by a Vlasov-type equation involving the air humidity and temperature, both quantities satisfying a convection-diffusion equation with a source term. Conservations properties are checked and an explicit time-marching scheme is proposed. Two-dimensional numerical simulations in a branched structure show the influence of the particle size variations on the aerosol dynamics.
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Laurent Boudin, Céline Grandmont, Bérénice Grec, Sébastien Martin, Amina Mecherbet, et al.. Fluid-kinetic modelling for respiratory aerosols with variable size and temperature. 2019. ⟨hal-02092574⟩

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