Research

Inside a Humidifier

After this, you may never look at a humidifier the same way again. Ultrasonic humidifiers generate tiny droplets using piezoelectric transducers. When the humidifier is on, the ultrasonic vibrations of the piezoelectric transducer create a pressure wave that forces the water above into a hill with a string of liquid droplets extending upward. For a sense of the scale, the gray bars shown in each image above represent 1mm. The super-fine droplets the humidifier produces come from cavitation of these larger drops, as shown in image c). Image d) shows snapshots of the formation of the droplet string over a matter of milliseconds. (Image credit: S. J. Kim et al., original poster)

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