Experimental and numerical investigation of thermal chaotic mixing in a T-shaped microchanne
Wong, Teck Neng
Date of Issue2011
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
In this paper, thermal chaotic mixing characteristics of two miscible fluids in a T-shaped microchannel are investigated experimentally and numerically. In the experiments, fluorescent dye Acid Yellow and Rhodamine B was employed to show the mass mixing behavior and temperature field, respectively. Power input and flow rate were studied to investigate the thermal mixing characteristics in the microchannel. The mixing efficiency increases with increasing power input, while decreases with increasing flow rate. A numerical simulation of conjugate forced convection-conduction heat and mass transfer was employed to investigate the thermal chaotic mixing processes in the T-shaped microchannel. The measured mixing efficiency versus applied voltage and flow rate were compared with numerical simulation results, which showed reasonably agreement.
Heat and mass transfer
© 2011 Springer-Verlag. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Heat and Mass Transfer, Springer-Verlag. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00231-011-0796-6].