Title

An easily fabricated three-dimensional threaded lemniscate-shaped micromixer for a wide range of flow rates

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

A I P Publishing LLC

Place of Publication

United States

School

School of Engineering

Comments

Originally published as: Rafeie, M., Welleweerd, M., Hassanzadeh-Barforoushi, A., Asadnia, M., Olthuis, W., & Ebrahimi Warkiani, M. (2017). An easily fabricated three-dimensional threaded lemniscate-shaped micromixer for a wide range of flow rates. Biomicrofluidics, 11(1), 014108. Available here.

Abstract

Mixing fluid samples or reactants is a paramount function in the fields of micro total analysis system (μTAS) and microchemical processing. However, rapid and efficient fluid mixing is difficult to achieve inside microchannels because of the difficulty of diffusive mass transfer in the laminar regime of the typical microfluidic flows. It has been well recorded that the mixing efficiency can be boosted by migrating from two-dimensional (2D) to three-dimensional (3D) geometries. Although several 3D chaotic mixers have been designed, most of them offer a high mixing efficiency only in a very limited range of Reynolds numbers (Re). In this work, we developed a 3D fine-threaded lemniscate-shaped micromixer whose maximum numerical and empirical efficiency is around 97% and 93%, respectively, and maintains its high performance (i.e., >90%) over a wide range of 1

DOI

10.1063/1.4974904

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