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Chaotic Electroosmotic Flow

[+] Author Affiliations
Shizhi Qian, Haim H. Bau

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Paper No. IMECE2002-33763, pp. 405-412; 8 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Microelectromechanical Systems
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Microelectromechanical Systems
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3642-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Two dimensional, time-independent and time-dependent electroosmotic flows driven by a uniform electric field in rectangular cavities with uniform and non-uniform zeta potential distributions along the cavities’ walls are investigated theoretically. The time-independent flow fields are computed with the aid of Fourier series. The series’ convergence is accelerated so that highly accurate solutions are obtained with just a few (<10) terms in the series. The analytic solution is used to compute flow patterns for various distributions of the zeta potential along the cavities’ boundaries. It is demonstrated that by time-wise periodic modulation of the zeta potentials, one can induce chaotic advection in the cavities. Such chaotic flows may be used to stir and mix fluids in microfluidic devices.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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