Abstract

Pure coconut oil, lanolin, and acetaminophen were vaporized at rates of 1–50 mg/min, using a porous network exhibiting a temperature gradient from 5000 to 5500 K/mm, without incurring noticeable chemical changes due to combustion, oxidation, or other thermally-induced chemical structural changes. The newly coined term “ereptiospiration” is used here to describe this combination of thermal transpiration at high temperature gradients since the process can force the creation of thermal aerosols by rapid heating in a localized zone. Experimental data were generated for these materials using two different supports for metering the materials to the battery powered coil: namely, a stainless steel fiber bundle and a 3-D printed steel cartridge. Heating coconut oil, lanolin, or acetaminophen in a beaker to lower temperatures than those achieved at the surface of the coil showed noticeable and rapid degradation in the samples, while visual and olfactory observations for ereptiospiration showed no noticeable degradation in lanolin and coconut oil while HPLC chromatograms along with visual observation confirm that within the limit of detection, acetaminophen remains chemically unaltered by ereptiospiration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number33
JournalBioengineering
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

Keywords

  • Acetaminophen
  • Coconut oil
  • Kanthal
  • Knudsen
  • Knudsen number
  • Lanolin
  • Rapid vaporization
  • Thermal degradation
  • Thermal lability
  • Thermal transpiration
  • Vaporization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering

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