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Visualization of diffusion mixing in a micro-mixer with flow paths fabricated by photolithography
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Paper Abstract

Mixing processes of two liquids were investigated by visualizing the mixing when they were simultaneously injected in a micro-mixer with lithographically fabricated Y-shape flow paths, and the mixing phenomena was analyzed in detail. To visualize the mixing, flows were observed by an optical microscope, and a clearly detectable chemical reaction was utilized. As the two liquids, a transparent aqueous solution of a strong alkali and a phenolphthalein ethanol solution were used. When they were simultaneously injected in Y-shape flow paths of a micro-mixer, they flowed at first in parallel along the joined path as laminar flows. This is because the Reynolds’ number became very small caused by the narrow flow-path widths of 50-100 μm. However, because two liquids were always contacted at the boundary, they were gradually mixed by diffusion, and the color of the mixed parts changed to vivid red. For this reason, it was able to measure the diffusion distance from the flow path center. Because the flow speeds were much faster than the diffusion speeds, the area colored in red did not depend on the time but depended on the distance from the joint point. It was known that the distance from the joint point corresponded to the time for mixing the liquids by the diffusion. It was clarified that the diffusion distance x was proportional to the square root of the diffusion time t or the distance from the joint point. The calculated diffusion coefficient D was (0.87-1.00)×10-9 m2/s.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10372, Material Technologies and Applications to Optics, Structures, Components, and Sub-Systems III, 1037206 (5 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2272903
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Toshiyuki Horiuchi, Tokyo Denki Univ. (Japan)
Yuta Morizane, Tokyo Denki Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10372:
Material Technologies and Applications to Optics, Structures, Components, and Sub-Systems III
Matthias Krödel; Joseph L. Robichaud; Bill A. Goodman, Editor(s)

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