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LBM Simulation of Electro-Osmotic Flow (EOF) in Nano/Micro Scales Porous Media With an Inclusive Parameters Study

[+] Author Affiliations
Ramin Zakeri, Eon Soo Lee

NJIT, Newark, NJ

Mohammad Reza Salimi

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Paper No. IMECE2014-37831, pp. V007T09A068; 6 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 7: Fluids Engineering Systems and Technologies
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 14–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4954-5
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


In this paper, we present our results about simulation of 2D-EOF in Nano/Micro scales porous media using lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) in micro-channel for EOF. The high efficient numerical code use strongly high nonlinear Poisson Boltzmann equation to predicate behavior of EOF in complex geometry. The results are developed with precisely investigation of several effective parameters on permeability of EOF, such as geometry (channel height and number and location of charge), external electric field, thickness of Debye length (ionic concentration), and zeta potential. Our results are in excellent agreement with available analytical results. Our results show that for certain external electric field, zeta potential and porosity, there is an optimal Kh parameter (ionic concentration and channel height in this study) for velocity profiles. Based on the current study, homogenous zeta potential distribution on solid porous media, zeta potential and thickness of Debye length (Kh parameter) can dramatically affect on EOF permeability linearly or non-linearly, depend on amount of quantities. Thus, different arrangements are also considered. We show that prediction of EOF behavior in complex geometry with regarding role of effective parameters is completely possible for various applicable conditions.

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