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Experimental Investigation of a Condensation Particle Counter Challenged by Particles with Varying Wettability to Working Liquid

Category: Aerosol Physics and Instrumentation

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DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2017.06.0201
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Longfei Chen1, Xin Zhang1, Cuiqi Zhang1, Mohsin Raza1, Xinghua Li 2

  • 1 School of Energy and Power Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
  • 2 School of Space and Environment, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China


Factors influencing CPC counting efficiency were investigated for three particles.
The T of the saturator and condenser influences the counting efficiency of CPCs.
The counting efficiency of CPC is susceptible to particle wettability at small ΔT.


The counting efficiency of an in-house laminar flow Condensation Particle Counter (CPC) was investigated experimentally. The CPC was challenged by different sources of particles (ambient particles, combustion particles generated from CH4, C2H4) and the counting efficiency of the in-house ultrafine CPC (IUCPC) was obtained by comparing particle concentration data measured by the IUCPC with that measured by a reference instrument TSI CPC 3775. The counting efficiency is closely related to the contact angle (an indication of the wettability of particles to the working fluid) and the combination of the saturator and the condenser temperatures. The particles from different sources appeared to have different contact angles, in other words, different wettability to the working liquid.


Condensation particle counter Counting efficiency Wettability

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