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Application of Split Flow Design Technique to Simple Microchannel Geometries for Enhanced Mixing

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Siddharth Bhopte, Bahgat Sammakia, Bruce Murray

State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY

Paper No. BioMed2008-38096, pp. 19-20; 2 pages
doi:10.1115/BioMed2008-38096
From:
  • ASME 2008 3rd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • ASME 2008 3rd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • Irvine, California, USA, June 18–20, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4833-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3823-4
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME

abstract

The ability to control mixing of reagents in MEMS systems is crucial for many biological and chemical analysis applications. However mixing in these microfluidic devices is a challenge because the flows are laminar corresponding to very low Reynolds number. In this paper mixing of such reagents in simple microchannel geometries is investigated computationally. A novel concept of “split flow design” is applied to these simple microchannel configurations. Significant improvement in mixing is seen by employing the split flow design technique.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME

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