E3S Web Conf.
Volume 111, 2019CLIMA 2019 Congress
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Indoor Environment Quality and Others|
|Published online||13 August 2019|
Aerosolization of Aspergillus niger spores from colonies on different positions of a circular tube
1 School of Civil Engineering, Dalian University of Technology (DUT), 116024, Dalian, China
2 School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, 300072, Tianjin, China
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject to the blowing air, fungal spores can be aerosolized from the colonies growing on cooling coils. The blowing air may accelerate and decelerate when passing a coil. The caused spore detachment may be different, when the fungal colonies grow on different positions of the coil. This study investigated the aerosolization of Aspergillus niger spores from a colony on a circular tube in a wind tunnel. The colony was first cultured in the carved groove along the longitudinal tube, and then the spores were aerosolized by a gradual increase of the blowing air speed. The grown colony on four different positions of the coil surface were blown for aerosolization. In addition, the airflow surrounding the circular tube was numerically solved to estimate the drag force for aerosolization of the spores. The results revealed that the collected airborne spores when the colonies were located tangentially to the upcoming airflow were six to eight times of those when the colonies were located parallel with the upcoming airflow for both the 4-day-old and 10-day-old colonies. The local air speeds in different positions of the tube were highly different from the inlet air speed of the wind tunnel. Such difference should be accounted for when estimating the drag force to aerosolize the fungal spores on the coils.
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