First-principle simulation of the acoustic radiation force on microparticles in ultrasonic standing waves

Mads Jakob Herring Jensen, Henrik Bruus

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The recent development in the field of microparticle acoutophoresis in microsystems has led to an increased need for more accurate theoretical predections for the acoustic radiation force on a single microparticle in an ultrasonic standing wave. Increasingly detailed analytical solutions of this specific problem can be found in the literature [Settnes ans Bruus, Phys. Rev. E 85, 016327 (2012), and references therein], but none have included the complete contribution from thermoviscous effects. Here, we solve this problem numerically by applying a finite-element method to solve directly the mass (continuity), momentum (Navier-Stokes), and energy conservation equations using perturbation theory to second order in the imposed time-harmonic ultrasound field. In a two-stage calculation, we first solve the first-order equations resolving the thermoviscous boundary layer surrounding the microparticle and with a perfectly-matched layer as a non-reflecting boundary condition for the scattered waves. These first-order solutions are then used as source-terms for solving the time-averaged second-order equations [Muller et al., Lab Chip 12, 4617 (2012)] and in particular to determine the second-order time-averaged hydrodynamic stress on the particle surface. From this we deduce the radiation force and compare it as a function of the physical parameters to existing analytical results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding of Meetings on Acoustics
Number of pages8
PublisherAcoustical Society of America
Publication date2013
Article number045001
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event21st International Congress on Acoustics - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 2 Jun 20137 Jun 2013
Conference number: 21


Conference21st International Congress on Acoustics
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