We analyze the mixing properties of the microfluidic herringbone configuration introduced to mix scalar substances in a narrow channel at low Reynolds but large Péclet numbers. Because of the grooves sculpted on the channel floor, substantial transverse motions are superimposed onto the usual longitudinal Poiseuille dispersion along the channel, whose impact on both the mixing rate and mixture content is quantified. We demonstrate the direct link between the flow kinematics and the deformation rate of the mixture's concentration distribution, whose overall shape is also determined.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|State||Published - Jan 4 2008|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics