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A Micromixer Using the Taylor-Dean Flow: Effects of Aspect Ratio and Inflow Condition on the Mixing  [PDF]
Yasutaka Hayamizu, Toshihiko Kawabe, Shinichiro Yanase, Takeshi Gonda, Shinichi Morita, Shigeru Ohtsuka, Kyoji Yamamoto
Open Journal of Fluid Dynamics (OJFD) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/ojfd.2015.53027
Abstract: Chaotic mixing in three different types of curved-rectangular channels flow has been studied experimentally and numerically. Two walls of the channel (inner and top walls) rotate around the center of curvature and a pressure gradient are imposed in the direction toward the exit of the channel. This flow is a kind of Taylor-Dean flow. There are two parameters dominating the flow, the Dean number De (∝ the pressure gradient or the Reynolds number) and the Taylor number Tr (∝ the angular velocity of the wall rotation). In this paper, we analyze the physical mechanism of chaotic mixing in the Taylor-Dean flow by comparing experimental results and numerical ones. We produced three micromixer models of the curved channel, several centimeters long, with rectangular cross-section of a few millimeters side. The secondary flow is measured using laser induced fluorescence (LIF) method to examine secondary flow characteristics. Also we performed three-dimensional numerical simulations with the open source CFD solver, OpenFOAM, for the same configuration as the experimental system to study the mechanism of chaotic mixing. It is found that good mixing performance is obtained in the case of De ≤ 0.1 Tr, and it becomes more remarkable when the aspect ratio tends to large. And it is found that the mixing efficiency changes according to the aspect ratio and inflow condition.
Optimal Designs of Staggered Dean Vortex Micromixers  [PDF]
Jyh Jian Chen,Chun Huei Chen,Shian Ruei Shie
International Journal of Molecular Sciences , 2011, DOI: 10.3390/ijms12063500
Abstract: A novel parallel laminar micromixer with a two-dimensional staggered Dean Vortex micromixer is optimized and fabricated in our study. Dean vortices induced by centrifugal forces in curved rectangular channels cause fluids to produce secondary flows. The split-and-recombination (SAR) structures of the flow channels and the impinging effects result in the reduction of the diffusion distance of two fluids. Three different designs of a curved channel micromixer are introduced to evaluate the mixing performance of the designed micromixer. Mixing performances are demonstrated by means of a pH indicator using an optical microscope and fluorescent particles via a confocal microscope at different flow rates corresponding to Reynolds numbers ( Re) ranging from 0.5 to 50. The comparison between the experimental data and numerical results shows a very reasonable agreement. At a Re of 50, the mixing length at the sixth segment, corresponding to the downstream distance of 21.0 mm, can be achieved in a distance 4 times shorter than when the Re equals 1. An optimization of this micromixer is performed with two geometric parameters. These are the angle between the lines from the center to two intersections of two consecutive curved channels, θ, and the angle between two lines of the centers of three consecutive curved channels, φ. It can be found that the maximal mixing index is related to the maximal value of the sum of θ and φ, which is equal to 139.82°.
Computational Fluid Dynamic Simulation of Liquid-Liquid Mixing in a Static Double-T-shaped Micromixer
Elmabruk A MANSUR,WANG Yun-dong,DAI You-yuan,
Elmabruk A. MANSUR

过程工程学报 , 2008,
Abstract: The laminar flow structure and mixing performance of T-shaped and double-T-shaped micromixers with rectangular cross-section have been investigated using computational fluid dynamic(CFD)simulation.FLUENT software is used to evaluate the mixing efficiency.The numerical simulation results show that the presented double-T-micromixer is highly efficient over T-shaped micromixer.The performance of double-T-micromixer with and without static mixing elements (SME)is also investigated.The enhancement in mixing performance is thought to be caused by the generation of eddies and lateral velocity component when the mixture flows through these elements.Mixing efficiency as higher as 97%is reached within a mixing length of 320 μm downstream from the first T-junction with the enhancement of three SMEs.
A Micromixer Using the Chaos of Secondary Flow: Rotation Effect of Channel on the Chaos of Secondary Flow  [PDF]
Yasutaka Hayamizu, Shinichiro Yanase, Shinichi Morita, Shigeru Ohtsuka, Takeshi Gonda, Kazunori Nishida, Kyoji Yamamoto
Open Journal of Fluid Dynamics (OJFD) , 2012, DOI: 10.4236/ojfd.2012.24A021
Abstract: The micromixer, which has a rotor with a curved channel, is studied experimentally. The secondary flow in a curved channel of rectangular cross-section is investigated using PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) and LIF (Laser Induced Fluorescence) methods. Two walls of the channel (the inner and top walls) rotate around the center of curvature and a pressure gradient is imposed in the direction of the exit of the channel. The non-dimensional channel curvature δ=a/R is taken to be about 0.1, where 2a is the width of the channel, R the curvature radius of the channel. Other non-dimensional parameters concerned are the Dean number De=Reδ1/2, the Reynolds number Re=qdh/v, where q is the mean flow velocity in the channel axis direction, ν the kinematic viscosity, dh the hydraulic diameter of the channel, and the Taylor number Tr=2(2δ)1/2Ωa2/(δv), where Ω is the angular velocity of the rotor. Photographs of the flow in a cross-section at 180° downstream from the curved channel entrance are taken by changing the flux (De) at a constant rotational speed (Tr) of the channel walls. It is found that good mixing performance is obtained in the case of De≤0.1|Tr| and for that case secondary flows show chaotic behaviors. And then we have confirmed the occurrence of reversal of the mean axial flow.
Biophysical Micromixer  [PDF]
Chin-Tsan Wang,Yuh-Chung Hu,Tzu-Yang Hu
Sensors , 2009, DOI: 10.3390/s90705379
Abstract: In this study a biophysical passive micromixer with channel anamorphosis in a space of 370 mm, which is shorter than traditional passive micromixers, could be created by mimicing features of vascular flow networks and executed with Reynolds numbers ranging from 1 to 90. Split and recombination (SAR) was the main mixing method for enhancing the convection effect and promoting the mixing performance in the biophysical channel. The 2D numerical results reveal that good mixing efficiency of the mixer was possible, with εmixing = 0.876 at Reynolds number ration Rer = 0.85. Generally speaking, increasing the Reynolds number will enhance the mixing. In addition, the sidewall effect will influence the mixing performance and an optimal mixing performance with εmixing = 0.803 will occur at an aspect ratio of AR = 2. These findings will be useful for enhancing mixing performance for passive micromixers.
Experimental study of micro-mixing performance of split and recombine micromixer and interdigital micromixer

- , 2016, DOI: 10.7511/dllgxb201605001
Abstract: 利用碘化物-碘酸盐平行竞争反应体系对分离再结合型和内交叉指型微混合器的微观混合性能进行了研究.实验考察了氢离子浓度、雷诺数和混合流体的体积流量比对微混合器离集指数的影响,并对实验结果进行了理论分析.研究结果表明,对所研究的两种微混合器,混合流体的体积流量比为1时,适宜的氢离子浓度范围均为0.02~0.04 mol/L,微观混合效果最好.随着体积流量比的增加,离集指数增加,表明微观混合性能变差.雷诺数增大有利于微观混合效率的提高.在所研究的雷诺数范围内,相同雷诺数时分离再结合型微混合器的微观混合效果略好于内交叉指型微混合器.
The iodide-iodate parallel competing reaction system is used to investigate the micro-mixing performance of two micromixers:a split and recombine micromixer and an interdigital micromixer. The effects of H + concentration, Re and volume flow ratio of mixing streams on the segregation index in the micromixers are experimentally studied, and the experimental results are analyzed theoretically. The results indicate that, for both micromixers, the proper H + concentration range is 0.02-0.04 mol/L to obtain the best micro-mixing performance when the volume flow ratio of mixing streams is 1. It is found that the segregation index increases with the volume flow ratio, which suggests that the micro-mixing performance is lowered. The increase of Re is beneficial to improve the efficiency of micro-mixing. The micro-mixing performance of the split and recombine micromixer is better than that of the interdigital micromixer at the same Re for the studied range of Re .
Pseudo--magnetorotational instability in a Taylor-Dean flow between electrically connected cylinders  [PDF]
Jānis Priede
Physics , 2009, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.79.066314
Abstract: We consider a Taylor-Dean-type flow of an electrically conducting liquid in an annulus between two infinitely long perfectly conducting cylinders subject to a generally helical magnetic field. The cylinders are electrically connected through a remote, perfectly conducting endcap, which allows a radial electric current to pass through the liquid. The radial current interacting with the axial component of magnetic field gives rise to the azimuthal electromagnetic force, which destabilizes the base flow by making its angular momentum decrease radially outwards. This instability, which we refer to as the pseudo--magnetorotational instability (MRI), looks like an MRI although its mechanism is basically centrifugal. In a helical magnetic field, the radial current interacting with the azimuthal component of the field gives rise to an axial electromagnetic force, which drives a longitudinal circulation. First, this circulation advects the Taylor vortices generated by the centrifugal instability, which results in a traveling wave as in the helical MRI (HMRI). However, the direction of travel of this wave is opposite to that of the true HMRI. Second, at sufficiently strong differential rotation, the longitudinal flow becomes hydrodynamically unstable itself. For electrically connected cylinders in a helical magnetic field, hydrodynamic instability is possible at any sufficiently strong differential rotation. In this case, there is no hydrodynamic stability limit defined in the terms of the critical ratio of rotation rates of inner and outer cylinders that would allow one to distinguish a hydrodynamic instability from the HMRI. These effects can critically interfere with experimental as well as numerical determination of MRI.
Nonlinear diffusion model for Rayleigh-Taylor mixing  [PDF]
G. Boffetta,F. De Lillo,S. Musacchio
Physics , 2010, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.034505
Abstract: The complex evolution of turbulent mixing in Rayleigh-Taylor convection is studied in terms of eddy diffusiviy models for the mean temperature profile. It is found that a non-linear model, derived within the general framework of Prandtl mixing theory, reproduces accurately the evolution of turbulent profiles obtained from numerical simulations. Our model allows to give very precise predictions for the turbulent heat flux and for the Nusselt number in the ultimate state regime of thermal convection.
Design and Analysis of a Chaotic Micromixer with Vortices Modulation  [PDF]
K. Y. Tung,J. T. Yang
Computer Science , 2008,
Abstract: A novel design for vortex modulation of a passive chaotic micromixer, named a circulation-disturbance micromixer (CDM), has been achieved and analyzed experimentally and numerically. The systematic numerical analyses - topological flow characteristics and particle tracking method - have been developed, that enable visualization of detailed mixing patterns. To display the cross section of mixing region of flows in our CDM, the biotin-streptavidin binding is detected through the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) pair of fluorescent proteins - R-phycoerythrin (RPE) and cross-linked allophycocyanin (clAPC). We expect the diagnosis technique using FRET will be successfully applied to biochemical analysis in microfluidic system.
Invariants, symmetries and scaling of Rayleigh-Taylor turbulent mixing  [PDF]
Snezhana I. Abarzhi
Physics , 2010,
Abstract: We extend the ideas of Kolmogorov theory on symmetries of turbulent dynamics to analyze invariants, scaling and spectra of unsteady turbulent mixing induced by the Rayleigh-Taylor instability. Time- and scale-invariance of the rate of momentum loss leads to non-dissipative momentum transfer between the scales, to and power-law scale-dependencies of the velocity and Reynolds number and spectra distinct from Kolmogorov, and sets the viscous and dissipation scales. Turbulent mixing exhibits more order compared to isotropic turbulence. Mechanisms of flow regularization are discussed.
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