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Research article
16 Aug 2022
Research article |  | 16 Aug 2022

Modelling ultrafine particle growth in a flow tube reactor

Michael S. Taylor Jr., Devon N. Higgins, and Murray V. Johnston

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This modelling study investigates the complex growth kinetics of ultrafine particles in a flow tube reactor. When both surface- and volume-limited growth processes occur, the particle diameter growth rate changes as a function of time in the flow tube. We show that this growth can be represented by a parameter (growth factor, GF) which can be obtained experimentally from the outlet-minus-inlet particle diameter change without foreknowledge of the chemical growth processes involved.