Developing pressure-driven liquid flow in microchannels under the electrokinetic effect

X. Y. Chen, K. C. Toh, J. C. Chai, C. Yang

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A mathematical model is developed to study the electrokinetic effect on liquid developing flow in a parallel slit including the general Nernst-Planck equation describing anion and cation distributions, the Poisson equation determining the electrical potential profile, and the modified Navier-Stokes equation governing the velocity flow field. Since these three equations are coupled, a numerical scheme based on the finite volume method is utilized to iteratively solve the proposed model. A new expression for the streaming potential in the case of the developing flow status is derived. The characteristics of the pressure-driven flow in the presence of the electrokinetic effect are examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-622
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Science
Issue number5-6
Early online date13 Nov 2003
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes


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