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Three-dimensional numerical simulations of synthetic jet actuator flows in a microchannel
Author(s): S. G. Mallinson; G. Johnson; M. Gaston; Guang Hong
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Paper Abstract

The flow produced by a synthetic jet actuator located in one wall of a microchannel is investigated using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. In the case of no cross-flow, the ejected vortices travel to the opposite wall and replenish the remains of the vortex left behind from the previous cycle. When cross-flow is added, the vortex penetration increases with both stroke length and frequency. The flow in the cavity appears to be nearly symmetrical, with the greatest effect seen near the orifice. In the orifice itself, three-dimensional effects are more noticeable with decreasing jet-to-cross-flow momentum ratio. The microchannel cross-flow causes the vortices to tumble about their transverse axis, the effect of which also increases with decreasing jet-to-cross-flow momentum ratio.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 April 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5276, Device and Process Technologies for MEMS, Microelectronics, and Photonics III, (2 April 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.521732
Show Author Affiliations
S. G. Mallinson, Univ. of Technology/Sydney (Australia)
G. Johnson, Univ. of Technology/Sydney (Australia)
M. Gaston, Univ. of Technology/Sydney (Australia)
Guang Hong, Univ. of Technology/Sydney (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5276:
Device and Process Technologies for MEMS, Microelectronics, and Photonics III
Jung-Chih Chiao; Alex J. Hariz; David N. Jamieson; Giacinta Parish; Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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