Laminate mixing in microscale fractal-like merging channel networks Public Deposited

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  • A two-dimensional model was developed to predict concentration profiles from passive, laminar mixing of concentration layers formed in a fractal-like merging channel network. Both flat and parabolic velocity profiles were used in the model. A physical experiment was used to confirm the results of the model. Concentration profiles were acquired in the channels using laser induced fluorescence. The degree of mixing was defined and used to quantify the mixing in the test section. Although the results of the experiment follow the trend predicted by the two-dimensional model, the model under predicts the results of the experiment. A three-dimensional CFD model of the flow field in the channel network was used to explain the discrepancies between the two-dimensional model and the experiment. For the channel network considered, the degree of mixing is a function of Peclet number. The effect of geometry on the degree of mixing is investigated using the two-dimensional model by varying the flow length, the width of the inlet channels, and the number of branching levels. A non-dimensional parameter is defined and used to predict an optimum number of branching levels to maximize mixing for a fixed inlet channel width, total length, and channel depth.
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