A comparison between the enhanced mass transfer in boundary and pressure driven oscillatory flow

Aaron M. Thomas, R. Narayanan

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Abstract

Mass transport in pulsating flow devices using either moving boundaries or oscillating imposed pressure drops are compared with each other by means of a calculation using a simple model. We conclude that there is no difference between the two configurations as long as one is interested only in the power required to move the fluid for the convective mass transport achieved. However, the boundary driven configuration is more efficient if the power is divided by the total mass transport where both the diffusive and convective parts are taken into account, the boundary driven configuration is more efficient. The amplitude of the piston stroke in the pressure driven configuration and the amplitude in the boundary driven case are assumed to be the same, and the inertia of the moving devices themselves are ignored in this calculation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4057-4062
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
Volume45
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2002

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