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Flow of Microsphere Solutions in Converging Microchannels

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Alexis B. Reedy

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Nelson Macken

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Paper No. IMECE2008-66496, pp. 43-47; 5 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 10: Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows, and Thermal Systems, Parts A, B, and C
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4871-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


The interface between intersecting microfluidic multicomponent flow is investigated experimentally. The system studied has a main channel and an intersecting (at 90 degrees) daughter channel and the fluid is a water-microsphere mixture. Flow visualization is achieved using confocal fluorescence microscopy. Microsphere solutions of 2% and 4% spheres (by weight) are investigated and compared to each other as well as all water flows. A three-dimensional rendering of the location and shape of the interface at the junction for different flow ratios (daughter flow to total) is examined for a combined flow Reynolds number of approximately one. The interface downstream of the junction is reasonably planer (two-dimensional) and the presence of microspheres does not appear to strongly influence the location of the flow interface.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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