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dc.creatorKrishna, Kiranen_US
dc.descriptionDue to the character of the original source materials and the nature of batch digitization, quality control issues may be present in this document. Please report any quality issues you encounter to, referencing the URI of the item.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 66-68).en_US
dc.descriptionIssued also on microfiche from Lange Micrographics.en_US
dc.description.abstractHeat transfer fluids are widely used in the chemical process industry and are available in a wide range of properties. These fluids are flammable above their flash points and can cause explosions. Though the possibility of aerosol explosions has been widely documented, knowledge about the explosive potential of such aerosols is limited and critically needed. The aerosol droplet size distributions of heat transfer fluids must be studied to characterize their explosion hazards. This research involves non-intrusive measurement of such aerosol sprays using a Malvern Instrument Diffraction Particle Analyzer. The aerosol is generated by plain orifice atomization to simulate the formation and dispersion of heat transfer fluid aerosols through leaks in process equipment. Predictive models relating the aerosol formation distances, aerosol droplet size, and volume concentrations to bulk liquid pressure, temperature, fluid properties, leak size and ambient conditions are developed. These models will be used to predict the conditions under which leaks will result in the formation of aerosols and ultimately help in estimating the explosion hazard of heat transfer fluid aerosols. The goal is to provide industry information that will help improve process safety.en_US
dc.publisherTexas A&M Universityen_US
dc.rightsThis thesis was part of a retrospective digitization project authorized by the Texas A&M University Libraries in 2008. Copyright remains vested with the author(s). It is the user's responsibility to secure permission from the copyright holder(s) for re-use of the work beyond the provision of Fair Use.en_US
dc.subjectchemical engineering.en_US
dc.subjectMajor chemical engineering.en_US
dc.titleNon-intrusive characterization of heat transfer fluid aerosol formationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US engineeringen_US
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