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Title: Flow rate measurement of rarefied binary gases in long rectangular microchannels
Authors: Szalmas, L
Colin, S
Valougeorgis, D
3rd Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2011)
Keywords: Micro flow;Binary gases;Constant volume;McCormack model
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Brunel University
Citation: 3rd Micro and Nano Flows Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, 22-24 August 2011
Abstract: The flow rate of binary gas mixtures through rectangular long microchannels is measured and compared to the numerical solution of the McCormack kinetic model. The microchannels are etched in silicon, and each individual channel has width=21, height=1.15, length=5000 μm. The measurement refers to He/Ar and Kr gas mixtures are based on the constant volume method. The microchannel is placed between an upstream and a downstream reservoir having different pressures. The flow through the microsystem is maintained by the pressure drop between the containers and the flow rate is determined from the pressure variations in reservoirs. In the case of He/Ar, measurements have been performed for several values of its concentration varying between zero and one, while in the case He/Kr only a concentration equal to 0.5 is considered. The pressure ratio between the two containers is in range of 3-7 and the corresponding average Knudsen numbers are in the range of 0.12-0.98. The results of the flow rate measurement are compared to the discrete velocity solution of the McCormack kinetic model and very good agreement between experiment and simulation has been obtained for all flow configurations. The relative discrepancy between the experimental and numerical results is in the range of the experimental uncertainty.
Description: This paper was presented at the 3rd Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2011), which was held at the Makedonia Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki in Greece. The conference was organised by Brunel University and supported by the Italian Union of Thermofluiddynamics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Thessaly, IPEM, the Process Intensification Network, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Heat Transfer Society, HEXAG - the Heat Exchange Action Group, and the Energy Institute.
ISBN: 978-1-902316-98-7
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