Kinetic Theory Applied to Nucleation and Droplet Growth

  • Vincent Holten
  • M. E. H. van Dongen

Condensation of liquid from the vapour phase has been studied by the numerical solution of the kinetic equations describing the time dependence of the cluster size distribution. The model has been applied to the nucleation pulse method; the resulting droplet population is investigated. The results are compared with results from a simplified theory that describes nucleation and droplet growth as separate processes. The simulations show that the simplified model is unable to replicate the results of the purely kinetic model.

Keywords Homogeneous nucleation, clusters, kinetics


Kinetic Model Vapour Phase Droplet Size Distribution Size Space Cluster Size Distribution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent Holten
    • 1
  • M. E. H. van Dongen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied PhysicsEindhoven University of TechnologyNetherlands

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