Deposition of aerosol particles on the inner walls of sampling probes is of concern in many aerosol sampling applications. Only inertial and gravitational effects have been considered in previous studies of the aerosol deposition; however, the lift force on particles is also of significance. In this investigation, experiments have been conducted to construct a database for aerosol deposition in Willeke-type sampling probes. An empirical correlation has been made between wall losses and the depositional forces of drag, gravity, inertia, and particle lift through the use of dimensionless parameters. Inclusion of the lift effect in this correlation not only helps to better predict particle behavior in the sampling inlet, but it also provides a basis for understanding of the intrinsic deposition phenomenon. The correlation has a geometric standard deviation of 1.13 and a 0.93 correlation coefficient relative to the experimental data. © 1992 Elsevier Science Publishing Co., Inc.