Relocation of coflowing immiscible liquids under acoustic field in a microchannel

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We report the dynamics of coflowing immiscible liquid streams exposed to an acoustic standing wave in a microchannel. Relocation of the liquid streams is experimentally demonstrated and a theoretical model that explains the underlying phenomena is presented. Our experiments and theoretical model suggest that the relocation phenomena are governed by the interplay between the primary acoustic radiation force F ac and the interfacial tension force F int-which is represented in terms of a new dimensionless number called "acoustocapillary number", . Using various combinations of immiscible liquids, we show that relocation of the higher acoustic impedance liquid stream to the pressure node occurs above a critical acoustocapillary number . The understanding of the above phenomena provides a new paradigm related to the manipulation of immiscible liquids under acoustic field.


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  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
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  • Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
Original languageEnglish
Article number54002
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr 15
Publication categoryResearch