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Technical Lecture
12 April 2011 19:30 - 21:00
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The production of droplets from bulk liquid has many well-known industrial applications ranging from fuel injection in internal combustion engines, agricultural crop and paint spraying, domestic and agricultural water sprinklers, household spray products, such as deodorants, perfumes, hair sprays and insecticides as well as drug dispensing technology, such as the asthma inhaler. The talk starts by considering the basics of atomisation processes: reduction of the size scale of bulk liquid followed by primary atomisation due to inherent flow instabilities or by addition of external energy and secondary atomisation, which determines the ultimate drop size. Next, we review a selection of the large number of practical atomizers available for spray production in a variety of settings and consider some of the challenges facing developers of this type of equipment. Finally, we look at a possible way forward by means of measurements with advanced optical diagnostics and show how these techniques can be used to the study of fuel injectors and medical inhalers.


Henk VersteegSenior LecturerLoughborough University


The Holiday Inn - Peterborough
Thorpe Wood
United Kingdom

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