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J Hazard Mater ; 416: 125856, 2021 08 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34492805


Inhalation of aerosols such as pharmaceutical aerosols or virus aerosol uptake is of great concern to the human population. To elucidate the underlying aerosol dynamics, the deposition fractions (DFs) of aerosols in healthy and asthmatic human airways of generations 13-15 are predicted. The Navier-stokes equations governing the gaseous phase and the discrete phase model for particles' motion are solved using numerical methods. The main forces responsible for deposition are inertial impaction forces and complex secondary flow velocities. The curvatures and sinusoidal folds in the asthmatic geometry lead to the formation of complex secondary flows and hence higher DFs. The intensities of complex secondary flows are strongest at the generations affected by asthma. The DF in the healthy airways is 0%, and it ranges from 1.69% to 52.93% in the asthmatic ones. From this study, the effects of the pharmaceutical aerosol particle diameters in the treatment of asthma patients can be established, which is conducive to inhibiting the inflammation of asthma airways. Furthermore, with the recent development of COVID-19 which causes pneumonia, the predicted physics and effective simulation methods of bioaerosols delivery to asthma patients are vital to prevent the exacerbation of the chronic ailment and the epidemic.

Asma , COVID-19 , Aerossóis , Asma/tratamento farmacológico , Simulação por Computador , Humanos , Pulmão , Modelos Biológicos , Tamanho da Partícula , SARS-CoV-2
Sci Total Environ ; 792: 148329, 2021 Oct 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34465047


The emission factor (EF), the weight of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) per unit energy or weight of sinter produced were evaluated for coal-fired boilers and sintering furnaces integrated in a steel plant. From three coal-fired boilers, 15 samples were taken while 22 samples were taken from four sintering furnaces. Investigations were performed on the EF of lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic and chromium (VI). The coefficient of variance for the first 3 samples from each PTE was used to decide whether 2 more samples were necessary for the investigation. Three samples were sufficient for Cr (VI), however, 5 samples were required for Pb, Cd, Hg, and As, since the variances in concentrations of the first three samples exceeded 20%. The ranges for the ratio of the laboratory-based EF to the default EF applied by the Environment Protection Administration (EPA Taiwan) for Pb, Cd, Hg, and As for the coal-fired boiler were 0.08-0.013, 0.014-0.017, 0.019-0.033, 0.047-0.066 and for the sintering furnaces were 0.059-0.232, 0.05-0.151, 0.05-0.364, and 0.067-0.824. The ratio for Cr (VI)- was constant at 0.005 for all the coal fired boilers while it ranged from 0.057-0.709 for the sintering furnaces. Whilst source identification, enrichment factors, and spatial distributions for PTEs are often studied, laboratory-based investigations on the EFs for PTEs from industrial plants are rarely performed. This study filled the information gap and compared the obtained EFs with the EPA default values. To avoid overcharging industrial plants equipped with the best available technology for emission control, the EPA should apply field investigations and laboratory-based EFs instead of the default EPA EFs to calculate air pollution fees. Insights from this investigation can be applied to promote the adoption of appropriate air pollution control devices to cut down the emission of PTEs.

Poluentes Atmosféricos , Poluição do Ar , Mercúrio , Poluentes Atmosféricos/análise , Carvão Mineral/análise , Centrais Elétricas , Aço
Environ Res ; 197: 111096, 2021 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33794172


This study is motivated by the amplified transmission rates of the SAR-CoV-2 virus in areas with high concentrations of fine particulates (PM2.5) as reported in northern Italy and Mexico. To develop a deeper understanding of the contribution of PM2.5 in the propagation of the SAR-CoV-2 virus in the population, the deposition patterns and efficiencies (DEs) of PM2.5 laced with the virus in healthy and asthmatic airways are studied. Physiologically correct 3-D models for generations 10-12 of the human airways are applied to carry out a numerical analysis of two-phase flow for full breathing cycles. Two concentrations of PM2.5 are applied for the simulation, i.e., 30 µg⋅m-3 and 80 µg⋅m-3 for three breathing statuses, i.e., rest, light exercise, and moderate activity. All the PM2.5 injected into the control volume is assumed to be 100% contaminated with the SAR-CoV-2 virus. Skewed air-flow phenomena at the bifurcations are proportional to the Reynolds number at the inlet, and their intensity in the asthmatic airway exceeded that of the healthy one. Upon exhalation, two peak air-flow vectors from daughter branches combine to form one big vector in the parent generation. Asthmatic airway models has higher deposition efficiencies (DEs) for contaminated PM2.5 as compared to the healthy one. Higher DEs arise in the asthmatic airway model due to complex secondary flows which increase the impaction of contaminated PM2.5 on airways' walls.

Asma , Pulmão , Simulação por Computador , Humanos , Itália , México , Modelos Biológicos , Material Particulado/toxicidade
Environ Res ; 197: 110975, 2021 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33689824


The deposition phenomenon of microparticle and SAR-CoV-2 laced bioaerosol in human airways is studied by Taguchi methods and response surface methodology (RSM). The data used herein is obtained from simulations of airflow dynamics and deposition fractions of drug particle aerosols in the downstream airways of asthma patients using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and discrete particle motion (DPM). Three main parameters, including airflow rate, drug dose, and particle size, affecting aerosol deposition in the lungs of asthma patients are examined. The highest deposition fraction (DF) is obtained at the flow rate of 45 L min-1, the drug dose of 200 µg·puff-1, and the particle diameter of 5 µm. The optimized combination of levels for the three parameters for maximum drug deposition is performed via the Taguchi method. The importance of the influencing factors rank as particle size > drug dose > flow rate. RSM reveals that the combination of 30 L min-1, 5 µm, 200 µg·puff- has the highest deposition fraction. In part, this research also studied the deposition of bioaerosols contaminated with the SAR-CoV-2 virus, and their lowest DF is 1.15%. The low DF of bioaerosols reduces the probability of the SAR-CoV-2 virus transmission.

Hidrodinâmica , Pulmão , Administração por Inalação , Aerossóis , Simulação por Computador , Humanos , Modelos Biológicos , Tamanho da Partícula