By disrupting laminar flow, micro-scale synthetic jets have the potential to significantly increase mixing and heat transfer rates in micro-devices. Due to the difficulty involved in performing measurements on the micro-scale, few experimental studies of micro-synthetic jets exist. In this paper we describe instantaneous velocity fields obtained by μPIV measurements in the vicinity of a synthetic jet orifice 24 μm in diameter issuing into a confined geometry. Numerical results for a synthetic jet operating under similar conditions have been used to help validate and clarify the experimental results. Comparisons between the experimental and numerical results during the expulsion phase of the actuator cycle for a synthetic jet with a Reynolds number (based on maximum velocity), Re = 239 and Stokes number, S = 9, indicate there is good agreement, thereby demonstrating that the μPIV technique can be used successfully for future studies. Experimental difficulties encountered are presented and methods of overcoming them discussed.

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