Enhanced Fluid Mixing Using a Reversed Multistage Tesla Micromixer

William L.N. Buglie, Khairul Fikri Tamrin, Nadeem Ahmed Sheikh, Mohd Fairus Mohd Yasin, Shahrol Mohamaddan

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Abstract

A two-dimensonal Tesla micromixer is experimentally characterized at varying Reynolds numbers (Re) and valve stages with the aim to acquire sufficiently high mixing performance. To ease fabrication, a simplified Tesla valve design is adopted. Results show two distinctive regimes of low and high Re. In the low-Re regime, a steady incremental mixing was observed as the fluid passes by each valve, whereas an enhanced mixing was identified right in the first valve in the high-Re regime. This is predominantly due to the amplified opposing flow from the helix branch which promotes stronger chaotic advection in the main microchannel. Interestingly, the measured mixing performance was found comparable to that of three-dimensional passive micromixers reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1255-1263
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Engineering and Technology
Volume45
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jul

Keywords

  • Microfluidics
  • Micromixer
  • Mixing index
  • Mixing performance
  • Reversed multistage Tesla micromixer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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