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Thermal Effects on Electro-Osmotic Flows in Triangle Microchannels

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Q. Liao, T. Y. Wen, X. Zhu

Chongqing University, Chongqing, China

Paper No. MNHT2008-52139, pp. 147-153; 7 pages
  • 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


Small triangle channels are frequently encountered in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). In this paper, the electro-osmotic flows with a constant wall temperature in triangle microchannels are studied. We numerically solved the Poisson equation for electric potential, the Navier-Stokes equation, and the energy equation for the mixed electroosmotic/pressure driven flows with varying physical properties in triangle microchannels using the Galerkin method. The effects of the pressure gradient, the length ratio, κDh , and Joule heating on mass flux of electro-osmotic flow are discussed, respectively. The numerical results show the mass-flux increases with the increase of imposed positive pressure gradient. A larger Joule number leads to a larger mass flux of electrolytic solution under positive pressure gradient. It is also found that the mass flux increases with increasing the length ratio, κDh , at a given pressure gradient. The increase in Ju number induces a larger increase in the mass flux at a larger κDh .

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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