Computational analysis of effective microfluidic mixing utilizing surface heterogeneity effects

Azizur Rahaman, T. Heidrick, B. Fleck

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Abstract

The present work is a numerical simulation of electroosmotic flow (EOF) in a cylindrical microchannel with the variation of wall surface charge (ζ -potential) distributions. The 2D Navier-Stoke equation governing the velocity field and the pressure are solved numerically using the finite element method (FEM). The numerical results show that the distorted electroosmotic velocity profiles and various kinds of flow circulation resulting from the axial variation of the ζ. The influences of heterogeneous patterns of zeta potential on the velocity profile, and the induced pressure distribution are discussed in this paper. This study shows that using heterogeneous patterns of zeta potential over the channel can generate local flow circulations and hence provide effective means to improve the mixing within the microchannels.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 ASME Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, FEDSM 2006
Volume2006
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 2nd ASME Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, FEDSM 2006 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: 17 Jul 200620 Jul 2006

Other

Other2006 2nd ASME Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, FEDSM 2006
CountryUnited States
CityMiami, FL
Period17/7/0620/7/06

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Keywords

  • Electrical double layer
  • Electroosmotic flow
  • Microchannel
  • Surface heterogeneity
  • Zeta potential

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Rahaman, A., Heidrick, T., & Fleck, B. (2006). Computational analysis of effective microfluidic mixing utilizing surface heterogeneity effects. In 2006 ASME Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting, FEDSM 2006 (Vol. 2006)