The control of fluid flow distribution in micro-scale tubes is numerically investigated. The flow distribution control is achieved via electric conduction mechanism. In electrohydrodynamic (EHD) conduction pumping, when an electric field is applied to a fluid, dissociation and recombination of electrolytic species produces heterocharge layers in the vicinity of electrodes. Attraction between electrodes and heterocharge layers induces a fluid motion and a net flow is generated if the electrodes are asymmetric. The numerical domain comprises a 2-D manifold attached to two bifurcated tubes with one of the tubes equipped with a bank of uniquely designed EHD-conduction electrodes. In the absence of electric field, the total flow supplied at the manifold’s inlet is equally distributed among the tubes. The EHD-conduction, however, operates as a mechanism to manipulate the flow distribution to allow the flow through one branch surpasses the counterpart of the other branch. Its performance is evaluated under various operating conditions.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.