Effect of ventilation rate on dust spatial distribution in a mechanically ventilated airspace

Xinlei Wang, Yuanhui Zhang, L. Y. Zhao, G. L. Riskowski

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Dust spatial distribution is an important variable to understand the nature of dust transportation and to implement appropriate control strategies. There is a lack of data on dust spatial distribution in mechanically ventilated airspaces because of lack of adequate sampling techniques. In this project, a multi-point sampler was used to measure the dust spatial distribution at different ventilation rates in a mechanically ventilated airspace, which was an isothermal and two-dimensional flow empty room. Dust mass concentration varied as much as 30-fold between the lowest and the highest within the mechanically ventilated airspace. Ventilation rate had a large effect on the dust spatial distribution. Increasing the ventilation rate reduced the overall mean dust concentration when ventilation rates were lower than 56 air changes/h (ACH). When ventilation rates were higher than 56 ACH in this study, the overall mean dust concentration did not change much (<4%) as the ventilation rate increased by 18%. The spatial gradients of dust concentration become relatively lower as the ventilation rate increases. There is a high dust concentration zone in the ventilated airspace, which is important for selecting proper locations for air cleaning devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1877-1884
Number of pages8
JournalTransactions of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000


  • Air quality
  • Dust spatial distribution
  • Multi-point sampler
  • Ventilation rate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

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