A new type of micromixer for rapid mixing was developed based on mixing by both kinetic energy and molecular diffusion of fluids. The rapid mixing was realized by the collision of micro segments, which were divided into several streams in the radial, at the center of the mixer. The excellent performance of the developed micromixer was confirmed by examining the Villermaux/Dushman reaction and the precipitation of polymer particles by phase separation. From these results, it was clarified that the rapid mixing was driven by both the breaking of micro segments under a high shear rate and instant molecular diffusion between micro segments. In addition, the mixer had a high throughput and corresponded to a wide range of flow rate ratios of fluids. Thus, it is expected that the proposed design concept for micro mixing will give us an efficient micro processing route in the future.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering