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The Impact of Boundary Layer Separation on Local Exhaust Design and Worker Exposure.

George DK; Flynn MR; Goodman R
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 1990 Feb:28 pages
Flow visualization and tracer gas studies were conducted in a wind tunnel with a mannequin, to examine the phenomenon of boundary layer separation as it relates to a worker's breathing zone concentration. A simple conceptual model was used which was based on mass transport by vortex shedding. This model provided a reasonable estimate of the mannequin breathing zone concentration. An empirical model was developed which then related the measured concentration to the distance from the source to the breathing zone for conditions where the contaminant was released downstream in a uniform flow. The results of the mannequin experiments suggested that boundary layer separation plays a significant part in determining the concentration of contaminant in the breathing zone. The interaction of the separated boundary layer with a contaminant source downstream of a person in uniform flow can pull contaminant back into the breathing zone of the person. The amount of contaminant observed in the breathing zone was much less when the mannequin was positioned such that the air could flow from the side. The turbulent mixing zone was formed more to the side of the mannequin and thus has less opportunity to interact with the contaminant source. These results suggested that in situations such as paint booths where a worker is immersed in a uniform flow, a higher level of control may be achieved by standing to the side of the workpiece.
NIOSH-Grant; Control-technology; Air-flow; Air-quality-control; Air-sampling; Spraying-booths; Ventilation;
Environmental Sciences & Engr University of North Carolina Rosenau Hall 201H Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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