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Generation of dust balls and their aerodynamic properties
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för inomhusmiljö. (Indoor environment)
University of Gävle, Department of Mathematics, Natural and Computer Sciences, Ämnesavdelningen för naturvetenskap. (Indoor environment)
University of Gävle, Department of Technology and Built Environment, Ämnesavdelningen för inomhusmiljö. (Indoor environment)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0337-8004
2008 (English)In: Indoor air 2008: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, 17-22 August, Copenhagen, Denmark, Kgs Lyngby: Technical university of Denmark , 2008Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Dust balls, sometimes called dust bunnies or balls of fluff, are balls with threads of textile fibres and hair as a skeleton on which particles, dead skin and debris are attached.

In the present study, dust balls were sampled from normal homes by the homeowners. The structure of some of the dust balls was studied in a scanning microscope. The weight of each individual dust ball was quantified. Each sample was placed on a plate of a painted particleboard, representing a floor surface, and was exposed to a velocity field generated by the outflow from a rig for calibration of velocity transducers. The velocity was gradually increased until the dust ball started to move. The majority of the dust balls had a weight less than 20 mg. A particleboard is a fairly rough surface and the velocity required to initiate a movement was beyond what usually is generated by a ventilation system. These levels of velocity can only be generated by opening windows or by people’s movements. The mechanisms by which distant textile fibres are brought together was studied by placing textile threads on the plate of particleboard and following the process by taking pictures with a digital camera. The protruding parts of the surface would sometimes catch the textile fibres.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kgs Lyngby: Technical university of Denmark , 2008.
Keyword [en]
Air quality, Indoor air, Dust Balls, Aerodynamic Properties
National Category
Civil Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-1924ISBN: 9788778772701 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-1924DiVA: diva2:118586
Conference
Indoor air 2008, Kgs.Lyngby, Denmark, August 2008
Note
Paper ID: 1010Available from: 2008-08-26 Created: 2008-08-26 Last updated: 2015-10-16Bibliographically approved

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