- Shaughnessy, E. J. and Davidson, J. H. and Hay, J. C., FLUID MECHANICS OF ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATORS.,
Aerosol Science and Technology, vol. 4 no. 4
pp. 471 - 476 .
(last updated on 2007/04/06)
The role of the electric body force in the generation of secondary flows and turbulence in precipitators is poorly understood at present, despite the fact that these disturbances are thought to be detrimental to precipitator performance. This paper undertakes a fundamental analysis of the problem using the Navier-Stokes and reduced Maxwell equations. It is shown that the rotational component of the current density causes vorticity production in the gas, and is therefore the soruce of secondary flows and turbulence.