Flow Focusing Droplet Generation Using Linear Vibration

A. Salari[1], C. Dalton[1]
[1]Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

Flow focusing microchannels are widely used in droplet generation mechanisms. In this paper, the effect of linear vibration on the flow pattern in a flow focusing structure and the corresponding formed droplets were numerically investigated using COMSOL Multiphysics® software. The results showed that vibration can be very effective on droplet formation, if the governing parameters such as vibration frequency and flow ratio are chosen accurately. This low-cost technique can be used in a wide range of applications such as drug delivery systems.

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