Effects of fluid medium flow and spatial temperature variation on acoustophoretic motion of microparticles in microfluidic channels. Academic Article uri icon


  • A numerical modeling method for accurately predicting the acoustophoretic motion of compressible microparticles in microfluidic devices is presented to consider the effects of fluid medium flow and spatial temperature variation that can significantly influence the acoustophoretic motion. In the proposed method, zeroth-order fluid medium flow and temperature, and first- and second-order acoustic fields in the microfluidic devices are first calculated by applying quadratic mapping functions and a second-order finite difference method (FDM) to perturbed mass, momentum, and energy conservation equations and state equation. Then, the acoustic radiation force is obtained based on the Gorkov's acoustic radiation force equation and applied to the Newton's Equation of Motion to calculate the microparticle motion. The proposed method was validated by comparing its results to a commercial software package, COMSOL Multiphysics results, one-dimensional, analytical modeling results, and experimental results. It is shown that the fluid medium flow affects the acoustic radiation force and streaming significantly, resulting in the acoustic radiation force and streaming prediction errors of 10.9% and 67.4%, respectively, when the fluid medium flow speed is increased from 0 to 1m/s. A local temperature elevation from 20C to 22C also results in the prediction errors of 88.4% and 73.4%.

published proceedings

  • J Acoust Soc Am

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Liu, Z., Kim, Y., Wang, H., & Han, A.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Liu, Zhongzheng||Kim, Yong-Joe||Wang, Han||Han, Arum

publication date

  • January 2016