Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 6, Issue 3–4, pp 487–504 | Cite as

On the motion of a small particle in the atmosphere

  • M. J. Manton


Equations of motion, valid for a water droplet or a dust particle less than about 50Μm in radius moving through the air, are derived. Thus, the behaviour of a particle in some simple nonuniform fluid flows is discussed. In particular, it is found that a particle may follow an approximately closed trajectory in an axisymmetric flow about a horizontal axis. Thus, it is argued that turbulence should cause particles to fall at a much slower rate than their terminal velocity, even in the absence of a mean updraft.


Atmosphere Dust Fluid Flow Small Particle Horizontal Axis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Manton
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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