Magnetic actuation of microparticles for mass transfer enhancement


The motion of magnetic microparticles (250µm diameter) in a circular microfluidic reactor with a diameter of 10 mm under time dependent magnetic field has been studied using CFD code COMSOL. The effect of actuation protocol on the local and average particle velocity has been investigated. The local Sh numbers were obtained as a function of angular particle position in the range of Re numbers between 0.05 and 10 while the particle velocity was changed over two orders of magnitude. Under time dependent magnetic field, the thickness of the boundary layer continuously changes which results in an increased mass transfer towards the particle surface under periodic particle velocity conditions as compared to steady state velocity conditions. A good agreement between numerical and experimental data has been observed

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