Unsteady viscous flow driven by the combined effects of peristalsis and electro-osmosis

Tripathi, D, Bushan, S and Beg, OA 2017, 'Unsteady viscous flow driven by the combined effects of peristalsis and electro-osmosis' , Alexandria Engineering Journal .

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Abstract

Electrokinetic transport of fluids through micro-channels by micro-pumping and micro- peristaltic pumping has stimulated considerable interest in biomedical engineering and other areas of medical technology. Deeper elucidation of the fluid dynamics of such transport requires the continuous need for more elegant mathematical models and numerical simulations, in parallel with laboratory investigations. In this article we therefore investigate analytically the unsteady viscous flow driven by the combined effects of peristalsis and electro-osmosis through microchannel. An integral number of waves propagating in the microchannel is considered as a model for transportation of fluid bolus along the channel length. Debye-Hückel linearization is employed to evaluate the potential function. Low Reynolds number and large wavelength approximations are employed. Closed-form solutions are derived for the non-dimensional boundary value problem. The computations demonstrate that magnitude of electric potential function is increased with a decrease in the thickness of the electrical double layer (EDL). Stronger electric field also decelerates the flow and decreases local wall shear stress. Hydrodynamic pressure is increased with EDL thickness whereas it is suppressed with electric field. Streamline visualization reveals that the quantity of trapped bolus is decreased with increasing EDL thickness and also with higher external electric field.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Alexandria Engineering Journal
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1110-0168
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Depositing User: OA Beg
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 15:06
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2017 06:02
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42442

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