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Record number 430930
Title Suspension separation with deterministic ratchets at moderate Reynolds numbers
Author(s) Lubbersen, Y.S.; Schutyser, M.A.I.; Boom, R.M.
Source Chemical Engineering Science 73 (2012). - ISSN 0009-2509 - p. 314 - 320.
Department(s) Food Process Engineering
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) lateral displacement - fractionation - arrays
Abstract Deterministicratchets were evaluated in this study as continuous separation devices for suspensions. Compared to conventional microfluidic ratchets (gap width ˜10 µm), ratchet designs in this study were 70 times larger. Apart from the hydrodynamic regime (21), which lead to additional displacement. Furthermore, there was a maximum concentration of particles in the device above which the separation decreased, e.g., 12 v/v% for a design with cylindrical-shaped obstacles. The high suspension concentrations did not lead to blockage of the device and were much higher compared to concentrations normally achieved for membrane separations. The up-scaled deterministicratchets show potential for fractionation. Particles above a critical particle size were better separated than particles below that critical particle size.
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