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Mixing intensification using sound-driven micromixer with sharp edges


Strong acoustic streaming can be generated inside a microchannel near sharp-edge structures. In this study, three Sharp-Edge Acoustic Streaming (SEAS) micromixers with multiple sharp edge patterns actuated by piezoelectric transducers are investigated. Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS) is used to numerically solve the multi-physics phenomenon involving acoustics, fluid dynamics and mass transfer. Experiments are carried out to validate the numerical results by visualization, as well as to evaluate micromixing performance with Iodide-Iodate Reactions. Influence of the sharp edge pattern (i.e. the spacing between individual structures, the number of sharp edges), channel throughput as well as acoustic intensity are studied. The shape of flow streamlines first unveils the interaction between acoustic streaming and main flow, which is shown to be a key for mixing enhancement. Following this, an optimal structure is found among the three mixers which allows achieving a decrease of micromixing time from 0.28 s to 0.03 s. Finally, a comparison with literature on passive mixers confirms the micromixing performance of SEAS mixer in terms of micromixing time at low Reynolds flow.
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hal-03454541 , version 1 (02-01-2023)


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Chuanyu Zhang, Philippe Brunet, Laurent Royon, Xiaofeng Guo. Mixing intensification using sound-driven micromixer with sharp edges. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2021, 410, pp.128252. ⟨10.1016/j.cej.2020.128252⟩. ⟨hal-03454541⟩
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