Volumetric flow rate in simulations of microfluidic devices+
Cell-in-fluid Research Group, cell-in-fluid.fri.uniza.sk; Department of Software Technologies; Faculty of Management Science and Informatics, Žilina, Slovakia
Published online: 4 June 2018
In this work, we examine the volumetric flow rate of microfluidic devices. The volumetric flow rate is a parameter which is necessary to correctly set up a simulation of a real device and to check the conformity of a simulation and a laboratory experiments . Instead of defining the volumetric rate at the beginning as a simulation parameter, a parameter of external force is set. The proposed hypothesis is that for a fixed set of other parameters (topology, viscosity of the liquid, …) the volumetric flow rate is linearly dependent on external force in typical ranges of fluid velocity used in our simulations. To confirm this linearity hypothesis and to find numerical limits of this approach, we test several values of the external force parameter. The tests are designed for three different topologies of simulation box and for various haematocrits. The topologies of the microfluidic devices are inspired by existing laboratory experiments [3 - 6]. The linear relationship between the external force and the volumetric flow rate is verified in orders of magnitudes similar to the values obtained from laboratory experiments.
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