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Study of Local Inertial Focusing Conditions for Spherical Particles in Asymmetric Serpentines

Version 1 : Received: 13 November 2019 / Approved: 15 November 2019 / Online: 15 November 2019 (03:37:41 CET)

How to cite: Pedrol, E.; Massons, J.; Díaz, F.; Aguiló, M. Study of Local Inertial Focusing Conditions for Spherical Particles in Asymmetric Serpentines. Preprints 2019, 2019110166 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0166.v1). Pedrol, E.; Massons, J.; Díaz, F.; Aguiló, M. Study of Local Inertial Focusing Conditions for Spherical Particles in Asymmetric Serpentines. Preprints 2019, 2019110166 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0166.v1).

Abstract

Inertial focusing conditions of fluorescent polystyrene spherical particles are studied at the pointwise level along their pathlines. This is accomplished by an algorithm that calculates a de-gree of spreading function of the particles' trajectories taking streaklines images as raw data. Different confinement ratios of the particles and flow rates are studied and the results are pre-sented in state diagrams showing the focusing degree of the particles in terms of their position within a curve of an asymmetric serpentine and the applied flow rate. In addition, together with numerical simulation results, we present empirical evidence that the preferred trajectories of inertially focused spheres are contained within Dean vortices' centerlines. We speculate about the existence of a new force, never postulated before, to explain this fact.

Subject Areas

inertial focusing; serpentine; dean; inertial force; shear gradient-induced; wall effect; vortex

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