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Nanotech 2002 Vol. 1
Nanotech 2002 Vol. 1
Technical Proceedings of the 2002 International Conference on Modeling and Simulation of Microsystems
Chapter 7: Numerics

Mixing and Impulse Extremization in Microscale Vortex Formation

Authors:K. Mohseni
Affilation:University of Colorado, US
Pages:392 - 395
Keywords:vortex, mixing , microfluidics, impulse, universality
Abstract:A key idea in microscale mixing, where the conventional turbulent mixing is not applicable, is to increase the area of the interface between two fluids. Significant entrainment and consequently mixing during vortex formation works based on the same idea of increasing the interface between two fluids. In this study the previous results by Mohseni et al. [1-4] in universality of vortex formation is extended to optimize microscale mixing or impulse generation. The energy, circulation, and impulse of the optimal vortex rings are calculated by the direct numerical simulation of the Navier-Stokes equations. A discussion of the governing parameters are presented. There are only to nondimensional parameters that governs the vortex pinch off process: the nondimensional energy and the nondimensional circulation. Mixing and impulse generation are also characterized by the value of these nondimensional numbers.
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