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Visualization of Fluid Mixing in a Microchamber on a Rotating Disk

[+] Author Affiliations
H.-C. Chiu

National Chung Hsing University; National Chinyi University of Technology, Taichung, Taiwan

J.-Y. Chen, Jerry M. Chen

National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan

Paper No. MNHT2008-52055, pp. 103-108; 6 pages
doi:10.1115/MNHT2008-52055
From:
  • ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer
  • ASME 2008 First International Conference on Micro/Nanoscale Heat Transfer, Parts A and B
  • Tainan, Taiwan, June 6–9, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4292-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3813-7
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME

abstract

This paper reports flow visualization experiments of fluid mixing in a microchamber on a rotating disk. The two centrifuge-driven sample fluids were brought in contact at the Y-junction microchannel and then flowed to a circular mixing chamber where the main course of mixing took place. The flow images were acquired using a micro-image-capturing unit in synchronization with the rotational motion to allow only one shot of the targeted object on the rotating disk per revolution. Both the visualization and quantification of flow images show that the mixing efficiency of the two fluids depends not only on the rotational speed but also on the depth of the channels. It is found that the mixing efficiency generally decrease with increasing rotational speed in the lower speed range (≤ 420 rpm). Beyond this lower speed range, the mixer with a larger channel depth h = 300 μm shows an increase of mixing efficiency with increasing rotational speed to reach as much as 83% at 1200 rpm. For the mixer with a smaller channel depth h = 200 μm, however, the mixing efficiency continues deceasing or becomes flat with increasing rotational speed. It is also found that the counter-clockwise rotation produces a better mixing efficiency than the clockwise rotation in the high speed range.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME

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