Particles do not increase vapor deposition in human airways

A. S. Wexler, R. Sarangapani

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Highly water-soluble vapors deposit in the upper airways of the respiratory tract because they are rapidly absorbed by the mucus lining and therefore it has been thought that the pulmonary region is not exposed to these pollutants. Yet these vapors also dissolve in the liquid-water portion of atmospheric particles and these particles may be vectors for depositing the pollutants in the more-sensitive pulmonary region. In this work, we simulate heat and mass transport in the lumen during inhalation to predict the deposition patterns of inhaled water-soluble vapors both in the presence and absence of aerosol liquid water. It is found that under atmospheric conditions particles do not significantly alter the deposition pattern of water-soluble vapors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-204
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Aerosol Science
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Environmental Science(all)


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