Boundary element formulation of particle flow in a microchannel

(Ongoing Project)



Project Duration:

Start Date: March 1st, 2013
Expected Completion Date: December 31st, 2016


Boundary element method (or Boundary integral method) is a numerical tool that is well applied to many linear problems in engineering. There are several advantages of the boundary element method (BEM) over other numerical methods (such as Finite element method - FEM) and some advantages are: (i) discretization and modeling of only the boundary of the solution domain, (ii) improved solutions in stress concentration problems, (iii) accuracy of the solution regarding that it is a semi-analytical method (the integral equation is obtained using exact solution of the corresponding linear problem, the numerical approach is necessary only for evaluating the resulting integrals), and (iv) the possibility of application to domains that extend to infinity in one or more dimensions. Especially, for problems that involve successive remeshing, the boundary-only nature of the BEM presents a valuable property – since there is no domain discretization, remeshing is not an important issue. Also, the continuity and compatibility conditions within the solution domain are satisfied in an exact manner in the BEM (in the FEM, on the contrary, the continuity and compatibility conditions across the elements are satisfied in a numerical manner).

Considering fluid flow in microchannels, typical flow speed is low (resulting in very low Reynolds number) and the inertia forces are negligible (in magnitude) when compared with the pressure or the viscous forces, the flow can be considered as the so-called creeping flow. The governing equation of the creeping flow is the Stoke’s flow, which is a linear partial differential equation suitable for BEM. Considering the electrokinetic phenomena which occurs in many microfluidics-based devices, such as electro-osmotic pumping, electrophoresis and dielectrophoresis, the governing equation is the Laplace’s equation which is in many cases also a linear partial differential equation. On top of the fluid flow and electrokinetic phenomena occurring in microfluidics flow of particles within a microchannel is also very common in many microfluidics applications. A rigorous simulation of the particle motion requires massive remeshing when finite difference, finite element and finite volume based numerical techniques are considered. Considering the linearity of the governing equations and the necessity for remeshing, BEM is a good choice to simulate particle motion inside a microchannel under the action of hydrodynamic and electrokinetic effects. In this project, a BEM code will be developed to simulate particle trajectories under the action of hydrodynamic and electrokinetic forces. Spherical, cylindrical and elliptical particles will be used to resemble the motion of bioparticles such as cells and bacteria. Both deformable and non-deformable particles will be considered. Parallel computing will also be utilized to extend the capability of the model for the simulation of many particles.

Related Publications:

    Journal Papers

  • Çetin, B., Öner, S.D., Baranoğlu, B. (2017). "Modeling of dielectrophoretic particle motion: Point particle vs finite-sized particle", Electrophoresis (In press)
    DOI: 10.1002/elps.201600461

  • Karakaya, Z., Baranoğlu, B., Çetin, B., Yazıcı, A. (2015). "A parallel boundary element formulation for tracking multiple particle trajectories in Stoke's flow for microfluidic applications", CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering and Science, v.104(3) p.227-249
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  • Conference Papers

  • Öner, S.D., Çetin, B. (2017). "Modeling of electro-kinetic motion of Janus droplet", ASME 15th Int. Conf. Nano/Micro/Mini-channels (ICNMM 2017), August 27-31, Cambridge, MA, USA (Submitted)

  • Kurt, C., Çetin, B., Baranoglu, B. (2016). "2D boundary element formulation for deformable particle flow in a microchannel", Int. Conf. Boundary Element and Meshless Techniques, July 11-13, Ankara, Turkey

  • Öner, S.D., Karakuş, A., Çetin, B., Baranoğlu, B. (2016). "Parallel boundary element formulation for 2D microfluidic particulate flow for multi-threaded architectures", ECCOMAS Congress 2016, June 5-10, Crete Island, Greece

  • Rasooli, R., Çetin, B., Baranoğlu, B. (2015). "Assessment of Different Element Orders for Boundary Element Formulation of Particulate Flow in Microchannels", 2nd Novel Fluidic Technologies and Applications Workshop, April 9-10, İzmir, Turkey

  • Solmaz, M.E., Çetin, B., Baranoğlu, B., Serhatlıoğlu, M., Bıyıklı, N. (2015). "Boundary Element Method for optical force calibration in microfluidic dual-beam optical trap", SPIE-Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation XII, August 9-13, San Diego, CA, USA
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  • Baranoğlu, B., Çetin, B. (2014). "A particle flow specific boundary element formulation for microfluidic applications", 4th Micro and Nano Flows Conference, September 7-10, University College London, UK
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  • Baranoğlu, B., Çetin, B. (2013). "Simulation of particle motion in a microchannel using Boundary Element Method", 18th National Mechanics Conference, August 26-30, Manisa, TURKEY

  • Book Chapters

  • Çetin, B., Baranoğlu, B. (2015). "Boundary-Element Method in Microfluidics", Encyclopedia of Micro and Nanofluidics (2nd Edition), Springer, p.202-213
    Full Text | DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-27758-0_121-6

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