Kinetic model of particle resuspension by drag force

P. Vainshtein, G. Ziskind, M. Fichman, C. Gutfinger

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A kinetic model of particle reentrainment by a turbulent drag force is presented. The model uses the potential well approach and a definition of a tangential pull-off force necessary to separate a particle from a surface. A formula for the resuspension rate from surfaces where there is a spread of adhesive forces due to surface roughness is obtained. The rate turns out to be significantly larger than that resulting from the action of a turbulent lift force.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-554
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - 20 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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