The effect of contaminant source location on worker exposure in the near-wake region

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Abstract

The exposure of workers in the near-wake region due to a recirculating airflow was studied experimentally and numerically A mannequin was installed in an open-ended tunnel and tracer gas was released at several locations downstream to determine the size and location of the reverse flow region. The contaminant transport into the breathing zone was found to depend strongly on the location of the release point. The airflow field was also determined numerically assuming a steady flow and using the standard κ–ε turbulence model After calculating the turbulent airflow field, a large number of submicrometre particles were released in different locations downstream of the mannequin to simulate the transport of gaseous contanunants. Although this method does not provide actual exposures, it does predict the tendencies in exposure variations due to different release points quite satisfactorily.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-523
Number of pages13
JournalAnnals of Occupational Hygiene
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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