Simultaneous mixing and pumping using asymmetric microelectrodes

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  • 김병재 (한국과학기술원 기계공학과) ;
  • 윤상열 (한국과학기술원 기계공학과) ;
  • 이경헌 (한국과학기술원 기계공학과) ;
  • 성형진 (한국과학기술원 기계공학과)
  • Published : 2007.11.30


This paper presents numerical and experimental works for simultaneous pumping and mixing small liquid using asymmetric microelectrode arrays, based on AC electroosmotic flows. To this end, four arrangements of electrode pairs were considered with diagonal/herringbone shapes. Numerical simulations were made of three-dimensional geometries by using the linear theory. The results indicated that the helical flow motions induced by the electrode arrays play a significant role in the mixing enhancement. The pumping performance was influenced by the slip velocity at the center region of the channel compared to that near the side walls. To validate the numerical predictions, the microfluidic devices were made through MEMS. The flow rate was obtained by using micro PIV, increasing the applied frequency. The electrolyte was potassium chloride solution. The flow patterns above electrodes were visualized to see lateral flow for mixing. The experimental results showed good agreements with the numerical predictions.