2010

Authors

  • Bin Xu Bin Xu
  • Teck Neng Wong Teck Neng Wong
  • Nam-Trung Nguyen Nam-Trung Nguyen
  • Zhizhao Che Zhizhao Che
  • John Chee Kiong Chai John Chee Kiong Chai

In this paper, thermal mixing characteristics of two miscible fluids in a T-shaped microchannel are investigated theoretically, experimentally, and numerically. Thermal mixing processes in a T-shaped microchannel are divided into two zones, consisting of a T-junction and a mixing channel. An alytical two-dimensiol model was first built to describe the heat transfer processes in the mixing channel. In the experiments, de-ionized water was employed as the working fluid. Laser induced fluorescence method was used to measure the fluid temperature field in the microchannel. Different combitions of flow rate ratios were studied to investigate the thermal mixing characteristics in the microchannel. At the T-junction, thermal diffusion is found to be domint in this area due to the striation in the temperature contours. In the mixing channel, heat transfer processes are found to be controlled by thermal diffusion and convection. Measuredtemperature profiles at the T-junction and mixing channel are compared with alytical model and numerical simulation, respectively.