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Flow Visualization in Artificial Porous Media From Microfluidic PMMA Devices

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D. S. Park, S. King, K. E. Thompson, C. S. Willson, D. E. Nikitopoulos

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Paper No. IMECE2011-65266, pp. 1159-1166; 8 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6: Fluids and Thermal Systems; Advances for Process Industries, Parts A and B
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, November 11–17, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5492-1
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Microfluidic polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) devices for study of particle transport in artificial porous media were designed and microfabricated using hot embossing with a brass mold insert containing a microchannel network with eight layers. After thermal bonding to enclose the microchannel network, a process protocol was applied to successfully remove bubbles in the PMMA device. Characterization protocols were developed for study of fluorescent particle tracking, accumulation, and retention in these microfluidic chip artificial porous media. Particle accumulation and retention was observed throughout the microfluidic network domain and predominantly at the inlet section of the PMMA device due to entrance effects. Particle Image Velocimetry of the PMMA device allowed for generating velocity profiles in the chip microchannel networks.

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