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Fluid flow in a microchannel: a stochastic approach
Author(s): Hilda Marino Black; Raja Nassar; Weizhong Dai
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Paper Abstract

In this study a stochastic model is applied in order to determine flow characteristics at the particulate level in a micro-channel. Model equations were discretized using Central Difference and Backward Difference methods and solved using the Jacobi method. The solution to the model equations provides the probability distribution of the distance traveled by a particle in the micro-channel as a function of time and reflects the dispersion property of the flow. From the probability distribution, residence time of a particle in the micro-channel is determined. Knowledge of Residence time and of dispersion characteristics is essential in studying the performance of a micro-reactor or in studies related to molecular or particulate flow in biological systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4557, Micromachining and Microfabrication Process Technology VII, (28 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.442950
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Hilda Marino Black, Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control and Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)
Raja Nassar, Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)
Weizhong Dai, Louisiana Tech Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4557:
Micromachining and Microfabrication Process Technology VII
Jean Michel Karam; John A. Yasaitis, Editor(s)

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