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(analytical chemistry)
In flame spectrometry, conversion of a volatilized sample into free atoms.
A process in which the chemical bonds in a molecule are broken to yield separated (free) atoms.
(mechanical engineering)
The mechanical subdivision of a bulk liquid or meltable solid, such as certain metals, to produce drops, which vary in diameter depending on the process from under 10 to over 1000 micrometers.


The process whereby a bulk liquid is transformed into a multiplicity of small drops. This transformation, often called primary atomization, proceeds through the formation of disturbances on the surface of the bulk liquid, followed by their amplification due to energy and momentum transfer from the surrounding gas.

Spray formation processes are critical to the performance of a number of technologies and applications. These include combustion systems (gas turbine engines, internal combustion engines, incinerators, furnaces, rocket motors), agriculture (pesticide and fertilizer treatments), paints and coatings (furniture, automobiles), consumer products (cleaners, personal care products), fire suppression systems, spray cooling (materials processing, computer chip cooling), medicinal (pharmaceutical), and spray drying (foods, drugs, materials processing). Current concerns include how to make smaller drops (especially for internal combustion engines), how to make larger drops (agricultural sprays), how to reduce the number of largest and smallest drops (paints and coatings, consumer products, medicinals, spray drying), how to distribute the liquid mass more uniformly throughout the spray, and how to increase the fraction of liquid that impacts a target (paints and coatings, spray cooling, fire suppression).

Spray devices (that is, atomizers) are often characterized by how disturbances form. The most general distinction is between systems where one or two fluids flow through the atomizer. The most common types of single‐fluid atomizers are pressure (also called plain‐orifice, hydraulic, or pneumatic), pressure‐swirl, rotary, ultrasonic (sometimes termed whistle or acoustic), and electrostatic. Twin‐fluid atomizers include internal‐mix and external‐mix versions, where these terms describe the location where atomizing fluid (almost always a gas) first contacts fluid to be sprayed (almost always a liquid).

While primary atomization is important, because of its role in determining mean drop size and the spectrum of drop sizes, subsequent processes also play key roles in spray behavior. They include further drop breakup (termed secondary atomization), drop transport to and impact on a target, drop evaporation (and perhaps combustion), plus drop collisions and coalescence. In addition, the spray interacts with its surroundings, being modified by the adjacent gas flow and modifying it in turn. See Particulates


The formation of tiny droplets or a very fine spray, as produced by impinging jets of air on a small stream of paint in spray painting.
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As a result of the atomization process complexity, as the atomization mechanism is not very clear, moreover it such as was mad the fluid speed, the liquid and the gas nature, breaks has fluid block the shape, atomization device factor influences and so on design is big.
It is assumed that an increase in the injection pressure promotes fuel atomization because the shearing system between the intake air and fuel spray generates within the intake port.
while the atomization time-scale is a function of both turbulent and aerodynamic time scales, [[tau].
Therefore, since oil atomization takes place in the cylinder and the atomized oil leaves the compressor through the high-pressure discharge system, it is safe to state that the atomized oil does not interfere with the temperature measurements.
Zhang; Mathematical Modeling and Experimental Verification of Interior Gas-Liquid Flows and Outflow Atomization Process for Y-jet Nozzles, Atomization and Sprays 14, 437 (2004).
Details of CaBER technique and its useful applications can be found elsewhere (13), In carrying out the measurements and analysis of CaBER, it should be reminded that the strain rate of the extensional deformation may not be equivalent to the strain rate imposed during atomization process.
In solvent-based systems, this is almost always caused by a silicone, oil, or grease contaminant, often originating in the air used for atomization.
Mach number is one of the critical parameter in the gas atomization process.
By combining the latest atomization and irrigation technologies, as many as 4 medications may be combined and administered in less than 2 minutes.
This control demands an understanding of atomization behavior, including recognition of the impact on the performance of fuel properties.
The impinging jets would help create more atomization of the liquid jets, while the aeroramp induces additional vorticity and mixing.
The process of breaking or atomization of the liquid fuel into tiny droplets in the form of a fine spray plays a vital role in various industrial and propulsion applications.