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High-Efficient Micro Reacting Pipe with 3D Internal Structure: Design, Flow Simulation, and Metal Additive Manufacturing

Chen, Xiaomin; Wang, Di ORCID iD icon; Mai, Jingming 1; Chen, Xiaojun; Dou, Wenhao
1 Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik – Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik und Elektronik (IHE), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


The micro reacting pipe with 3D internal structure, which is a micromixer with the shape of the pipe, has shown great advantages regarding mass transfer and heat transfer. Since the fluid flow is mostly laminar at the micro-scale, which is unfavorable to the diffusion of reactants, it is important to understand the influence of the geometry of the microchannel on the fluid flow for improving the diffusion of the reactants and mixing efficiency. On the other hand, it is a convenient method to manufacture a micro reacting pipe in one piece through metal additive manufacturing without many post-processing processes. In this paper, a basis for the design of a micromixer model was provided by combining the metal additive manufacturing process constraints with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. The effects of microchannel structures on fluid flow and mixing efficiency were studied by CFD simulation whose results showed that the internal micro-structure had a significantly positive effect on the mixing efficiency. Based on the simulation results, the splitting-collision mechanism was discussed, and several design rules were obtained. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000130102
Veröffentlicht am 26.02.2021
DOI: 10.3390/app10113779
Zitationen: 1
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Industrielle Informationstechnik (IIIT)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2076-3417
KITopen-ID: 1000130102
Erschienen in Applied Sciences
Verlag MDPI
Band 10
Heft 11
Seiten Art.-Nr.: 3779
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 29.05.2020
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