A scaling analysis of ozone photochemistry

Ainslie, B.; Steyn, D. G.

A scaling analysis has been used to capture the integrated behaviour of several photochemical mechanisms for a wide range of precursor concentrations and a variety of environmental conditions. The Buckingham Pi method of dimensional analysis was used to express the relevant variables in terms of dimensionless groups. These grouping show maximum ozone, initial NO x and initial VOC concentrations are made non-dimensional by the average NO 2 photolysis rate ( jav) and the rate constant for the NO–O 3 titration reaction ( kNO); temperature by the NO–O 3 activation energy ( ENO) and Boltzmann constant ( k) and total irradiation time by the cumulative javΔ t photolysis rate. The analysis shows dimensionless maximum ozone concentration can be described by a product of powers of dimensionless initial NO x concentration, dimensionless temperature, and a similarity curve directly dependent on the ratio of initial VOC to NO x concentration and implicitly dependent on the cumulative NO 2 photolysis rate. When Weibull transformed, the similarity relationship shows a scaling break with dimensionless model output clustering onto two straight line segments, parameterized using four variables: two describing the slopes of the line segments and two giving the location of their intersection. A fifth parameter is used to normalize the model output. The scaling analysis, similarity curve and parameterization appear to be independent of the details of the chemical mechanism, hold for a variety of VOC species and mixtures and a wide range of temperatures and actinic fluxes.



Ainslie, B. / Steyn, D. G.: A scaling analysis of ozone photochemistry. 2006. Copernicus Publications.


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