Hydrodynamic drag and mobility of fractal aggregates in the slip creeping flow regime are calculated. A theoretical continuum model of the gas slip flow past and within agglomerates is developed. It accounts for effects of flow rarefaction and porous fractal structure upon the molecular mean free path, apparent viscosity, and effective permeability of agglomerates. It is shown that flow rarefaction significantly diminishes the aggregates' drag to an extent that cannot be predicted by the Cunningham's drag correction factor. The developed model allows calculation the agglomerates' transport properties in a wide range of fractal dimensions. For low Df agglomerates the drag force agrees with the Friedlander's expression based on the Epstein's single sphere drag in the free molecular regime.
- Fractal dimension
- Slip flow