CFD simulation for biomagnetic separation involving dilute suspensions

Saud A. Khashan, Yousef Haik, Emad Elnajjar

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Full-Eulerian simulation of the separation of magnetic particles carried by a Newtonian fluid through a planar channel under the influence of a magnetic field is presented. The simulation is based on the application of the Navier-Stokes and concentration equations. The scheme for the magnetic separation of particles is achieved by applying an external magnetic dipole field. The hydrodynamic and magnetophoretic interactions between the particles and the carrier fluid are analysed. Analysis of the competing tendencies of mass transfer indicates that the magnetophoresis migration of magnetic particles is dominant over the molecular diffusion. This dominance becomes more evident at lower diffusivities leading to a drastic magnetic separation confined within a small region in the proximity of the magnetic field source.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1450-1456
Number of pages7
JournalCanadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • Biomagnetic separation
  • Immunomagnetic separation
  • Magnetic micro- and nanoparticles
  • Magnetophoresis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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