We present three-dimensional simulation results regarding performance of a novel planar passive micromixer functioning at low Reynolds numbers. A combination of folding and contracting of microchannels is the main idea for designing of an effective, easy-to-produce, and non-expensive micromixer. The simulation results show that, depend on Reynolds number, centrifugal forces can generate different secondary flows and Dean vortices after each bend. Consequently, the thickness and the form of the contact layer between fluids become strongly affected. The simulation process is repeated for different Reynolds numbers from 10 to 100, and we observe that the maximum and minimum mixing efficiencies at the output channel are related to Reynolds number 60 and 80, respectively.
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Simulations of Flow and Mass Transfer in a Passive Micromixer
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Zadeh, HF, & Marahel, A. "Simulations of Flow and Mass Transfer in a Passive Micromixer." Proceedings of the ASME 2011 9th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels. ASME 2011 9th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, Volume 2. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. June 19–22, 2011. pp. 179-185. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ICNMM2011-58229
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