Rapid and efficient mixing in a slip-driven three-dimensional flow in a rectangular channel

J. Rafael Pacheco, Kangping Chen, Mark Hayes

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A method for generating mixing in an electroosmotic flow of an electrolytic solution in a three-dimensional channel is proposed. When the width-to-height aspect ratio of the channel cross-section is large, mixing of a blob of a solute in a slip-driven three-dimensional flow in a rectangular channel can be used to model and assess the effectiveness of this method. It is demonstrated through numerical simulations that under certain operating conditions, rapid and efficient mixing can be achieved. Future investigation will include the solution of the exact equations and experimentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-521
Number of pages19
JournalFluid Dynamics Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006



  • Electrolytic solution
  • Electroosmotic flow
  • Low Reynolds number flow
  • Micro-fluidics
  • Mixing
  • Three-dimensional channel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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